Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership

The Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership equips professionals with knowl­edge of current research and theory related to early childhood, the policy landscape, diversity, and theories of leadership. Courses develop skills in translating empirical research into practice and policy and collaboration with the multiple stake­holders in young children’s lives.

This certificate is offered by the Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction located within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic institutions and nonprofits in the Greater Boston and Northeast region—and our extraordinary alumni network—provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.


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. Here’s why:

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of 4 courses.

How long will it take?

Students will typically complete the certificate in 1 year.

What are my options?

The first option is a 4 course, 12 credit specialization.
The second pathway involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's program.


Program Faculty & Expertise

Course Number Course Name
Required Courses:  
APSY 7611 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education
ELHE 7711 Using Data & Evidence for School Improvements
Choose 1 from the following 2 courses:  
EDUC 9755 Theories of Leadership
ELHE 7726 Organizational Theory and Learning
Choose 1 from the following 4 courses:  
APSY 7665 Developmental Disabilities: Evaluation, Assessments, Families & Systems
APSY 8620 Education and Social Issues and Social Policy
EDUC 6316 Teaching Process and Content in Early Education
ELHE 7727 Family and Community Engagement

Schedule of courses subject to change

Where do our department graduates work?

St. John's Preparatory School

Assistant Principal of Academics

Littleton Public Schools

Fourth Grade Teacher

Papillion La Vista School District

Sixth Grade Teacher

Concord-Carlisle Regional School District

High School History Teacher

Museum of Science

Director of Exhibits

Goodwin Procter LLP

Court Procedures Attorney

Boston Public Schools

First Grade Teacher

Needham Public Schools

Special Education Teacher

Steppingstone Foundation

Mathematics Instructor 

North Attleborough Public Schools

School Principal and ELL Coordinator

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.


Application Information



Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form




In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) 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.



Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
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