Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (PSAP)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (PSAP)

The Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) provides an opportunity for full-time administrators to obtain their superintendent licensure and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership. The program was developed by Boston College more than three decades ago to provide an opportunity for full-time school administrators to pursue doctoral study.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College partners with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and Teachers21 to prepare future superintendents and school leaders for public, Catholic, charter, and independent schools.

Boston College's Ed.D. program is an active member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a national effort by 55 institutions to reform and strengthen the education doctorate.

The program is grounded in the core values of the Lynch School, with coursework focusing on leadership for social justice, school reform, community building, and leadership for learning.

Through a cohort model that emphasizes collaborative learning and support, PSAP aims to create a powerful network of district-level leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.

Superintendent Liscensure 

This program results in Superintendent Licensure and is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent Licensure. Click below for additional information on the LLPS and the licensure program.

At a Glance

Who is this for?

This program is for full time administrators.  


How many courses?

This program consists of 13 courses for a total of 39 credits. 


How long will it take?

Full time students will complete the program in 3 years.
Two week sessions each summer (for 3 summers) are required. 


When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the Summer semester.
A new cohort is accepted every other year.


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Curriculum


  • Courses: 12
  • Credits: 39
  • Comprehensive Exam

Where do our graduates work?

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District

Superintendent

Ludlow Public Schools

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Southern Worcester County Educational Collaborative

Executive Director

Hopkinton Public Schools

Director of Pupil Services

 

Brockton Public Schools 

Chief Academic Officer

Newton South High School

Dean of Students

Boston Public Schools

Executive Director of Strategy

Holyoke Public Schools

Assistant Superintendent

Saint Columbkille Partnership School

Head of School

Springfield Public Schools, Empowerment Zone

Co-Executive Director of Empower Schools 

Wellesley High School

Principal 

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

Chief Strategy Officer of Program Impact

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 

Application Information

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The next cohort begins in Summer 2021.

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Deadlines

All applicants
2/1/21

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To be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must already hold a master's degree.

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

Résumé

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Three letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.

Transcripts

All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be submitted by the application deadline.

  • This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.

  • The GRE is the only exam that is acceptable for this program; the MAT, LSAT, MTEL, GMAT, and other exams may not be substituted for the GRE.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit https://www.ets.org/gre.

Lynch School of Education and Human Development GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

All applicants to this program are required to submit one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability. This document may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing. The document should be approximately 15-25 pages.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. 

Requirements for International Students

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