EdM in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is designed to prepare aspiring and developing:

  • Pre-K–12 public, independent, and international school and district leaders.
  • Higher education administrators.
  • Community, state, federal, and institutional leaders and analysts.
  • Other professionals with an interest and/or a specialization in education.

Our mission is to produce scholars, leaders, and analysts who are grounded in policy, practice, and research, and who are equipped to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative educational programs, practices, and services for local, regional, national, and international schools, institutions, and organizations. Our diverse and highly experienced faculty are committed to developing 21st-century educational leaders who are people focused, data informed, and future oriented.

Candidates may pursue an EdM in one of three distinct concentrations or pursue a dual degree:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, with a suggested focus in
    • Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership (without licensure) or
    • Policy, Planning & Administration
  • Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership: Licensure Track
  • Dual Degree in Educational Leadership & Social Work (EdM/MSW)

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a proficient understanding of the complex context shaping higher education’s past, present, and future (including cultural, developmental, financial, historical, legal, pedagogical, and political features). Appreciate the rich diversity of institution types and missions that comprise higher education and how the higher education industry relates to broader societal purposes.
  • Source and understand scholarly research; understand student development theory; and apply sound assessment practices that lead to improved curricular and co-curricular outcomes. Appreciate the interrelationship between theory and practice in the development of feasible action plans and management practices.
  • Respond adroitly to complicated issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within various higher education settings. Appreciate how issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education relate to broader societal purposes.
  • Analyze and articulate institutional policies and their implications for effective administration, leadership, and management within higher education. Appreciate how institutions shape and respond to local and national policy environments.
  • Understand and be able to assess the characteristics of effective leadership in higher education and reflect critically on one’s own leadership, career, and advancement.

Boston University Global Education Leadership Program

The Boston University Global Education Leadership Program (BUGELP) is a leadership preparation program customized for college graduates and working professionals in nations such as China, India, Turkey, South Africa, Kenya, Ecuador, and Colombia who are committed to innovation and change in schools, school districts, government education agencies, and nongovernmental agencies. Students will earn a BU EdM in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies that features courses taught by the faculty of participating universities (first semester; no BU credit), and by professors at Boston University (in Wheelock, MET, and COM), who will teach mainly on site at participating universities and at Boston University, and to a limited extent in a hybrid format. The program takes one and a half years to complete and culminates with a four-week summer residency at Boston University, which includes a series of seminars in school leadership organized by Wheelock‘s Creative Education Leadership Institute (CELI). The program will help students to achieve:

  • Practical knowledge in education leadership, informed by theory and the experience of successful school leaders.
  • Advanced skills in building high-performing schools and healthy school cultures.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in organizational design, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Inclusive and collaborative decision-making.
  • Inclusive and collaborative organizational governance.
  • Understanding and implementation of effective management systems for talent development and fiscal planning.