Students can select one of three secondary education degree programs:
These degree programs lead to grades 8-12 licensure in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Mathematics, and Physics. Each program includes four different types of courses: Teaching methods classes, foundation courses that examine broad social features linked to formal education, content area electives, and school-based practicum courses with related Inquiry Seminars.
All three programs have the same foundation, but the M.A.T. and M.S.T. include three additional content area electives. These elective courses offer students the chance to enrich their background and fill in gaps in their specific content area.
All degree programs provide students with focused opportunities aimed at helping teacher candidates gain and learn from school-based experiences and thereby provide graduates with the skills and inclinations to inquire into their teaching practice in ways that lead to growth and professional satisfaction. These practicum experiences, the Pre-Practicum and Full Practicum, have related Inquiry Seminars which offer students further growth and professional depth through the opportunity to collaborate with fellow master’s students around issues of teaching and learning in their practicum sites.
Given the shifting demographics of US schools, all candidates have the opportunity to obtain a Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate. This experience prepares teachers to work with English Language Learners in mainstream classrooms.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
The Lynch School has a long history of national accreditation, which includes NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council), and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). Most recently, the Lynch School was granted full and complete accreditation through CAEP, valid from Fall 2018 through Spring 2024. Boston College is currently the only CAEP accredited education preparation organization in Massachusetts.
The M.Ed. consists of 9 courses and a 4 course practicum for a total of 37 credits.
The M.A.T. and M.S.T. consists of 12 courses and a 4 course practicum for a total of 46 credits.
Full-time students will typically complete the program in one academic year with two summer sessions.
Part-time students typically complete the program in two to three years, depending on course load.
Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.
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Students will select one of three degree programs. All degree programs lead to licensure in the state of Massachusetts.
The M.A.T. and M.S.T. should be pursued by those student who need to develop a content area background in their licensure discipline. The M.A.T. and M.S.T. have three additional content area electives as compared to the M.Ed to fill gaps in the content area background.
Licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Mathematics, and Physics.
Licensure areas: English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History
Licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics, and Physics.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:
If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:
Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in email@example.com to ensure it is received by our office.
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
Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants. If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.