Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program at Boston University will help you develop a broad understanding of education at all levels, administrative skills valuable in many capacities, and an awareness of the principles supporting responsible leadership. Typically, incoming students have some work experience in the area of human services such as teaching, higher education administration, social work, health care, job training, or community development prior to enrollment. Some of our students are already licensed to teach and are seeking licensure as school administrators, while others are working in higher education or community-based educational programs. Graduates of the Policy, Planning, and Administration program find jobs as school leaders, administrators of various educational programs, and policy analysts.

You may choose to pursue a flexible program on the general subject of Policy, Planning, and Administration, or you may specialize in one of the following areas: Community Education Leadership, Higher Education Administration, or Educational Administration.

Policy, Planning, and Administration (No Subconcentration)

This highly-customizable program allows you to work with your faculty advisor in order to choose coursework which suits your own specific goals and interests. Choose this program if you are interested in studying issues surrounding education policy and administration across age levels and types of organization.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Policy, Planning, and Administration.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: Full-time students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester for the most ideal program sequence and best career placement opportunities. You may begin the program during the summer or spring semester as well.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Don Beaudette, djb@bu.edu, 617-353-3832
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: 617-353-4237, sedgrad@bu.edu

Community Education Leadership

This specialization is ideal for students interested in working as leaders in educational programs outside of school settings, such as social service or community development agencies, hospitals, museums, municipal services, and community outreach programs. You will be trained to understand the needs of the wider society with an understanding of how communities and organizations function and develop. Special focus is given to cultural, ethical, and leadership implications through case studies of disadvantaged urban and indigenous communities throughout the world.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Policy, Planning, and Administration.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: Full-time students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester for the most ideal program sequence and best career placement opportunities. You may begin the program during the summer or spring semester as well.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Marylee Rambaud, 617-353-3832, mrambaud@bu.edu
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: 617-353-4237, sedgrad@bu.edu

Please Note: This subconcentration is on a moratorium for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. We are not accepting new students into the Community Education Leadership subconcentration at this time.

Higher Education Administration

This specialization is designed to give you a broad foundation in education at all levels as well as insight into the background, prospects, and social/personnel functions of higher education. Alumni of this program go on to careers in student life, financial aid, admissions, career services and many other administrative functions within institutions of higher education.

The program of study consists of five core courses as well as three electives which may be taken within the School of Education or at some of Boston University’s other graduate schools. Your elective courses give you the opportunity to focus on the aspects of higher education which are of most interest to you. Popular elective courses include Student Affairs in Higher Education, Governance and Decision-Making in Higher Education, and Organizational Communication.

Higher Education Administration students who do not already have professional experience in the field are also encouraged to complete an administrative internship in order to gain practical experience. Internship opportunities are available at Boston University as well as at many of the Greater Boston area’s other colleges and universities.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Policy, Planning, and Administration.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: Full-time students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester for the most ideal program sequence and best career placement opportunities. You may begin the program during the summer or spring semester as well.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Joel Scott, jhscott@bu.edu, 617-358-3445
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: 617-353-4237, sedgrad@bu.edu

Educational Administration (Administrative Licensure)

This specialization is designed for students who wish to be licensed as school administrators, including principals. The program includes all required coursework to meet state licensure requirements. Those pursuing this area of specialization must already hold a teaching license and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Policy, Planning, and Administration.
  • Program Duration: One and a half academic years. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: Full-time students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester for the most ideal program sequence and best career placement opportunities. You may begin the program during the summer or spring semester as well.
  • Licensure: Students may receive initial licensure as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, school principal, or assistant school principal.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Don Beaudette, djb@bu.edu, 617-353-3832
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: 617-353-4237, sedgrad@bu.edu

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.