EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program is a graduate-level program with three options:

  1. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership

Student programs may include, but are not limited to, preparation for licensure as educational leaders in public school systems, as well as school leadership positions in independent and international schools. Other programs cover educational work in higher education administration, government agencies, or community organizations. These would seldom require licensure, but often have much in common with educational leadership in schools.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program is for students who plan to work as leaders or policy specialists in education. This program seeks to develop a broad understanding of education at all levels, administrative skills valuable in many capacities, and an understanding of the principles supporting responsible leadership. Pursuing this option is useful for independent and international school leaders and aspiring leaders. Many of the courses for Administrative Licensure listed below are applicable for these students.

Core Coursework (8 cr)

  • SED AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Elective Coursework (24 cr)

Students complete 24 credits of graduate-level courses. Courses are selected in consultation with an academic advisor and may be completed at any school within the University; however, students are encouraged to take several of the P-K–12 and/or Higher Education leadership courses related to their area(s) of interest.

Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration (HEA) specialization is for students seeking to enter or advance their careers in higher education administration. Structured within a broad-based curriculum and customized electives, HEA strives to reflect the contemporary higher education landscape and issues impacting our modern universities. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of professional and educational roles in student affairs, financial aid, admissions, career advisement, academic administration, pre-college advisement, and development and alumni relations. Curricular emphasis focuses on providing students a broad foundation in higher education administration including insight into the background, prospects, and social and personnel functions of higher education as well as governance and policy issues.

Core Coursework (20 cr)

  • SED AP 550 Perspectives on Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 551 Issues in Higher Education Administration (4 cr)
  • SED AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • SED AP 755 Legal Issues in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Elective Coursework (16 cr)

Students complete 16 credits of graduate-level courses (approximately four courses). Courses are selected in consultation with an academic advisor and may be completed at any school within BU.

Fieldwork/Internship

An internship* is not required, but strongly recommended for students with no prior or limited work experience in higher education. Faculty members will assist students with the internship search process. However, it is the student’s responsibility to secure the internship.

*All full-time merit scholarship students are required to complete a yearlong internship.

Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership

Administrative Licensure

The School of Education provides a sequence of courses approved for initial state licensure as superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor/director, and special education administrator, including arrangements to carry out the required internship or practicum.

The licensure leadership track at Boston University School of Education is only open to students who have been formally admitted into a graduate program at the University and who meet all the admissions criteria. Candidates must also have, as required for the specific license sought, the appropriate MA Initial or Preliminary License—or its equivalent from another state—and the appropriate years of experience.

Students take the following core courses or approved substitutes (24 credits*):

  • SED AP 720 Performance-Based Instructional Leadership (4 cr)
  • SED AP 758 School Governance, Finance and Operations (4 cr)
  • SED AP 757 School Labor Relations and Personnel Management (2 cr)
  • SED AP 754 Educational Equity and the Law (2 cr)
  • SED AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • SED AP 750 Educator Evaluation and Supervision (4 cr)
  • SED AP 526 Family and Community Engagement (2 cr)
  • SED TL 530 School Leadership: English Language Learners (2 cr)

*Those seeking the Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license will also take SED AP 761 Organizational Analysis. Those seeking the Special Education Administrator license will also take SED SE 744 School Administration and Special Needs (4 cr). Those seeking the Director/Supervisor license will only do one semester of the Leadership Practicum and Seminar and take SED CT 721 Analysis and Design of Curriculum (4 cr). All students pursuing an EdM must also take RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr).

In addition, all students seeking Principal/Assistant Principal licensure in Massachusetts are required to pass the Massachusetts Professional Assessment for Leaders examination.

Practicum (8 cr; 4 cr for Supervisor/Director License)

Students participate in a practicum experience from the options listed below based on the license being sought. Boston University enjoys longstanding relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in greater Boston that offer our students rewarding field experiences under the guidance of expert school and district leaders.

  • SED AP 802 Practicum and Seminar: Pre-K–6 (8 cr)
  • SED AP 803 Practicum and Seminar: 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED AP 804 Practicum and Seminar: 9–12 (8 cr)
  • SED AP 805 Practicum and Seminar: Superintendent/Asst. Supt. (8 cr)
  • SED CT 801 Practicum and Seminar: Supervisor/Director (4 cr)
  • SED SE 702 Practicum and Seminar: Special Ed. Adm. (8 cr)