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Doctoral Program PSAP

professional school administrator program

The next PSAP cohort admissions cycle is anticipated to begin in fall 2016, with a new cohort entrance summer 2017.

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.

In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.

Students who complete the learning outcomes for the Ed.D. program (PSAP) are expected to demonstrate:

  • Competence in instructional leadership (district level leadership; ethics and equity; culturally proficient leadership; needs of diverse learners; collaborative; reflective; open to feedback; strong oral and written communication; self-directed; confident)
  • Competence in management and operations (planning and implementing change; budget development; human capital analysis; school committee relationships; strategic thinking; teaming skills)
  • Competence in family and community engagement (culturally proficient leadership; educational equity audit and diversity planning; professional development implementation; community relationships; crisis communication)
  • Competence in professional culture (self-awareness; culturally proficient leadership; team leadership; reflectiveness and self-assessment of leadership)
  • Competence in advanced level data collection, analysis, and interpretation of research in the field of educational leadership.

The Boston College Leadership Licensure Program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent Licensure.

Learn more about PSAP here.