Contact Information
Phone: 617-353-3832

Educational History

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Boston University
  • C.A.G.S. Educational Administration and Supervision, University of New Hampshire
  • Ed.M. Foundations of Education, Suffolk University
  • A.B. English Literature, St. Anselm College


Dr. Donald J. Beaudette comes to Boston University as Associate Professor of the Practice after having spent 36 years leading rural, suburban and urban schools and school districts in three different states, 24 of those years as a superintendent of schools. As the director of the PK-12 Educational Leadership Licensure Program, Dr. Beaudette is responsible for assisting aspiring and new school leaders develop the skills and knowledge necessary to lead schools and school systems in rapidly changing and challenging environments. His work involves helping schools and school districts identify, prepare and mentor leaders for tomorrow’s schools, and plan and develop programs that respond to the needs of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and beyond. Dr. Beaudette’s professional interests include strategic planning, school-based management, performance-based leadership and evaluation, school finance, facilities planning, policy analysis, personnel recruiting and mentoring, and interagency collaboration. In addition to having previously been an adjunct lecturer at Boston for several years, Dr. Beaudette has served as a guest lecturer on a variety of educational topics at other colleges and universities and several professional conferences throughout New England. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the New England School Development Council (NESDEC). He is a past president of the New England Association of School Superintendents, where he continues to serve as a board member emeritus, and he is a member of the National Superintendents Roundtable and the American Association of School Administrators.

Courses Taught

  • AP 662  Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • AP 720  Performance-Based Instructional Leadership
  • AP 758  School Governance, Finance, and Operations

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.