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 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.
This program results in Superintendent Licensure.
Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.
The Lynch School of Education 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. Here’s why:
This program is for full time administrators.
This program consists of 13 courses for a total of 39 credits.
Full time students will complete the program in 3 years.
Two week sessions each summer (for 3 summers) are required.
Students can begin the program only in the Summer semester.
A new cohort is accepted every other year.
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In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
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.
Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:
Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
This program does not require the GRE or any other standardized test.
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 15-20 pages.