Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership & Policy
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Foster ethical, mission-driven educational institutions and policies
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy prepares graduates to assume leadership roles both within schools and within the greater community. While teachers work directly with students, educational leaders work to improve the systems serving students, their families, and communities.
With an emphasis on discernment and critical reflection, we aim to educate the whole person to live a life of meaning and purpose.
Graduates will inform organizational cultures and processes by drawing on social-justice values and leadership strategies to boldly improve equitable opportunities for traditionally marginalized students.
Trained in critical inquiry and the use of evidence, graduates approach student development from a holistic perspective, and engage the whole community to support the whole child.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy addresses leadership challenges through a comprehensive and agile course of study, centered on standards-based reform, technological advances, and evidence-based practices.
Within the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy, there are multiple pathways for additional certification:
- Certificate in Social Justice Leadership
- Certificate in Educational Policy Development
- School Principal Licensure*
*School Principal Licensure is currently only available for students who reside in MA.
The program concludes with a reflection seminar where students examine learnings and experiences.
The dynamic faculty of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development are committed teachers and leading scholars.
The Lynch School’s Office of Field Placement and Outreach may also be contacted for questions or additional information as can the Education Leadership & Higher Education department office:
Amy Ryan, Assistant Dean, Field Placement & Outreach
Boston College, Campion Hall 102
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Gracie Trotman, Associate Director, Online Programs and Graduate Student Support
Boston College, Campion Hall 125
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
For additional information regarding licensure, please review the Administrator Certification & Licensing page.
For students enrolled in an online program track, information on license eligibility by state can be found at Boston College’s Distance Education Policies website: Programs Leading to Professional Licensure.
Graduates from the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the Lynch School will learn to:
- Practice critical self-reflection and discernment
- Foster an ethical, mission-driven school or educational environment/organization
- Create structures that advance organizational and professional learning
- Observe, assess, and support effective teaching and instructional practices
- Advance equity and agency across multiple constituencies
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy is a program approved and monitored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts (DESE). Formal learning outcomes were developed by the DESE and apply to all students, whether or not they are seeking licensure. School leaders promote the learning and growth of all students and staff success through the following:
- Cultivate a shared vision
- Make effective teaching and learning the central focus
Management and Operations:
- Ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
- Use resources to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing, and scheduling
Family and Community Engagement:
- Build partnerships with families, community organizations, and other stakeholders that support the mission of the school and district
- Nurture and sustain a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for staff
Advance the future of education
Ideal applicants include:
Professional seeking to make meaningful changes in education
At a Glance
The program offers both online and hybrid options.
How many courses?
This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits.
Most students should complete the program within 2 years.
When can I start?
Students can begin the program in the Fall,
Spring or Summer terms.
Fall Classes Start: August 30, 2021
Regular Decision: November 16, 2021
Rolling Admission Ends: December 6, 2021
Spring Classes Start: January 18, 2022
Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.
A graduate degree from Boston College is an investment in your future. The Lynch School has a deep commitment to assisting academically qualified students to afford an excellent graduate education. The Office of Graduate Admission & Financial Aid in the Lynch School provide resources to aid students through both need-based and merit-based financial aid.
Lynch School faculty from the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education are recognized for exceptional scholarship and influential work across a range of areas and subject matters in the fields of expertise. In both research and teaching, our faculty champion diversity—inclusive of race, language, learning abilities, and socioeconomic status—necessary to effect meaningful change. As students put their own scholarship into action, faculty members help guide their growth as critical thinkers, reflective leaders, and engaged citizens.
All courses for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy are designed by faculty members of the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, which include:
The Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education prepares the next generation of effective educational leaders. The Educational Leadership and Policy program develops administrators, community leaders, and advocates who will create fair and meaningful learning opportunities for all students. Graduates are knowledgeable about standards-based reform and technological advances and are trained to employ evidence-based practices.
To complete a general M.Ed., students take six core courses, choose three electives then finish by completing a Leadership Reflection Seminar. They may also select a curated set of three courses in place of their electives to earn an additional certificate in Social Justice Leadership, Educational Policy Development, or School Principal Licensure.
- Courses: 10
- Credits: 30
- Comprehensive Exam
The Educational Leadership program offers 4 Pathways to a Master's Degree
M.Ed. General Track
M.Ed. Licensure Track
- Students seeking Massachusetts principal licensure take a 6 credit practicum across three semesters and SEI endorsement for school leaders for a total program of study of 30 credits. As part of this program, each student completes a 500-hour substantive practicum across 3 semesters, and prepares a portfolio aligned with the state leadership indicators. The practicum must occur within the state of Massachusetts, and the SEI endorsement requires an in-person component.
- To be licensed in this area, the student must possess an Initial License as a teacher in Massachusetts or in a state with which Massachusetts has a reciprocal agreement, and have taught for at least three years by the time they apply for licensure.
- All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leadership (MA-PAL). The University will advise unlicensed private school teachers who are seeking state licensure in administration of this requirement.
For more information please review the Administrator Certification & Licensing page.
M.Ed. with Certificate in Educational Policy Development
The Certificate in Educational Policy Development equips current and aspiring leaders in schools and community-based organizations to leverage dramatic organizational change. Through a series of three courses and a Reflection Seminar, participants develop a sophisticated appreciation of how policies shape the cultural norms and day-to-day practices at both a micro level (e.g., within institutions) and a macro level (e.g., within a school district, a city, or a state). The goal of the program is to help leaders develop their repertoire of skills to use policy levers to creatively and effectively advance organizational goals.
M.Ed. Catholic Leadership Cohort
The Catholic Leadership Cohort addresses the urgent need for strong leadership in Catholic schools. The program offers professional education, faith formation, and community development to emerging leaders, enriched by the Ignatian tradition.
In addition to being taught by respected faculty, cohort members recieve training from leadership coaches to develop the personal, interpersonal and organizational skills needed by every good leader. Members of the Catholic Leadership Cohort also participate in five retreats throughout their time in the program grounded in the Ignatian charism.
For questions please reach out to the Roche Center for Catholic Education at 617-552-4187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program start dates: Fall 2020, Fall 2022
Please note the program will be offered every other year.
Program Senior Instructors
Where Do Our Graduates Work?
University of Miami
Kyung Hee University
University of Connecticut
Monsignor Haddad Middle School
The Legal Aid Society
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Study Abroad Advisor
Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ELHE Department.
- Spring Regular Decision:
- Spring Rolling Admission Ends:
- Spring Classes Begin:
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.
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.
Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.
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:
- Course titles and grades for each course
- Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
- Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
- Original and translated transcripts must be provided
If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:
- 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 email@example.com from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2021 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.
An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.
Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.
All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). Below are the minimum scores required.
TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum
IELTS – 7.0 minimum
An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.
Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.
Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States
Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English
The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.