16-Credit Certificate Programs

SED offers graduate-level, non-degree certificates in six different program areas. To view information on these certificates, please visit the Professional Development section of our website.

If you would like to enroll in a non-degree, 16-credit certificate program, please review the information below. You may begin a certificate program during the summer, fall, or spring terms. Please note, the summer term is divided into two terms: Summer 1 and Summer 2.

All 16-credit certificate programs are considered to be graduate-level programs of study. In order to be eligible for a certificate program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree or an international equivalent from an accredited institution prior to enrollment. Because these are non-degree programs of study, they do not offer student visa sponsorship. Consequently, international citizens may only apply for these programs if they already possess an immigration status allowing them to study in the United States.

All applications are received and processed by Graduate Student Services. Graduate Student Services can be reached at sedgrad@bu.edu or 617-353-4237. The mailing address for application materials is:

Graduate Student Services
Boston University School of Education
2 Silber Way, Room 127
Boston, MA 02215

Deadlines: The admissions process for the 16-credit certificate is rolling. Applications are processed and reviewed for admission as they are received. Although you may apply at any time, recommended deadlines are shown in the chart below.*

Submitting a complete application by the recommended deadline will ensure that a final decision is made prior to the start of classes for that term. If you apply after the recommended deadline, there may not be enough time to review your application for the term for which you applied. In this case, you will be notified and your application will be reviewed for the following term. If your application will be reviewed for the following term, you may still register for certificate courses for the current term and transfer the classes in to your program once accepted.

Start Term Recommended Deadline
Spring November 1
Fall April 1
Summer 1 April 1
Summer 2 April 1

*Please note: The Creative Educational Leadership program only allows a Fall Semester start, as it runs on a cohort model once per academic year.

  • Certificate Application Form
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives: In 200–400 words, describe your qualifications for the program, your interest in the certificate program, and how the certificate program will assist you with your professional goals.
  • Résumé: Your résumé should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. You may also include relevant activities, awards, and interests. There is no résumé format that Boston University School of Education recommends.
  • English Proficiency Exam: International applicants (for international student eligibility, please review the Policies and Procedures section below) whose native language is not English and who have not received a university degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The official score report must be received directly from the testing agency. SED’s school code for the TOEFL code is 3087; we do not use a department code. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the testing agency is able to release an official score report to Boston University School of Education. To be considered for admission to the TESOL certificate or Program Planning, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation Certificate, applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements: a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the IBT, or 600 on the PBT. To be considered for admission to any of the other certificate programs, applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements: a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the iBT, or 550 on the PBT.
  • Official Transcript from Highest Degree Conferred: Transcripts must show course titles, dates, and grades. Additionally, transcripts for programs for which a degree was earned must show a degree conferral. A degree conferral must include the name of the degree conferred, month and year the degree was conferred, and the institution from which the degree was conferred. Transcripts must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and signature of the institution’s registrar. Official transcripts must be submitted in envelopes sealed by the institution’s registrar. International applicants whose transcripts are not in English should submit the original transcript and an official English translation. International applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. may also need to submit an official credential evaluation. Typically, credential evaluations are required when the international transcript does not indicate either that a baccalaureate degree has been received or that the degree received is equivalent to a baccalaureate degree. If your highest degree is from Boston University, you do not need to submit a transcript. The Graduate Admissions Office will obtain your Boston University transcript and will include your transcript with your other application materials.

Additional requirements for applicants to Program Planning, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation only:

  • Official GRE Score Report: Our school code for the GRE is 3087; we do not use a department code. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that ETS is able to release an official score report to Boston University School of Education. Please note, ETS will report scores for five years after the test date.
  • Official Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities Attended: For details on submitting an official transcript, please see the information above. If you have earned a degree from Boston University or have taken classes at Boston University, you do not need to submit your Boston University transcript. The Graduate Admissions Office will obtain your Boston University transcript and will include your transcript with your other application materials.

Additional requirements for applicants to Global Ecology Education only:

  • Prerequisite Coursework: In order to be admitted to the 16-credit certificate in Global Ecology Education, applicants must have completed at least four biology/ecology-related courses with grades of B or better. If these courses are not reflected on your most recent degree transcript, please also submit additional transcripts documenting this prerequisite work.

Additional requirements for applicants to Creative Educational Leadership only:

  • 2 Recommendations: Letters may be submitted in two ways:
    • Hard Copy – In sealed envelopes, directly from the recommender. If recommendations are passed in via the applicant, they must remain sealed.
    • Email document attachment – ONLY if sent directly from an institutional or organization email address owned by the recommender (e.g., a faculty member’s .edu address, or a nonprofit employee’s .org address).

Applicants currently enrolled in a degree program at Boston University may be exempt from submitting certain required materials. For specific information, please contact Graduate Student Services at sedgrad@bu.edu or 617-353-4237.

Cost and Tuition varies according to full-time or part-time enrollment. Click here for more information on the SED tuition rates.

  • All 16-credit certificate programs are considered to be graduate-level programs of study. In order to be eligible for a certificate program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent from an accredited institution prior to enrollment.
  • All final decisions will be released via mail. Official decisions will not be released via fax, email, or phone.
  • All application materials and supporting documents submitted to Boston University School of Education become the property of the School. We cannot return material to an applicant or forward any material to a third party outside the School.
  • International applicants will not be able to acquire a student visa through this course of study. International students in a certificate program must be on a valid visa that allows for part-time study. International applicants seeking a course of study that is permissible for a full-time student visa should review information on our master’s, CAGS, and doctoral programs.
  • After acceptance, incoming students should register for courses. To register for courses, fill out the registration form completely and send to the School of Education Records Office, 2 Silber Way, Room 115, Boston, MA 02215 or fax it to 617-353-8937.
  • The majority of courses within the 16-credit certificate programs are charged per credit hour at the SED evening rate. Online courses carry an additional $50 technology fee per credit hour.
  • Students will have six years to complete certificate requirements.
  • Students in a certificate program must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Coursework for which you receive a grade under a “B” (3.0) will not be counted towards your certificate program.
  • Students will need to be in compliance every semester they are enrolled in a course; compliance can be done through the Student Link by updating your emergency phone number.
  • School-wide policies should be reviewed prior to enrollment.

Individual Courses

To register for individual courses as a non-degree student, contact the Student Records Office at 617-353-4235 or sedstu@bu.edu. No application is needed to register as a non-matriculated student at the School of Education.

Download a registration form.