Introduction and Mission Statement

The School of Education Handbook aims to provide basic guidance in the structure, policies, and practices of the School of Education, to assist faculty and staff in carrying out their work to the best of their ability. We do the best we can to keep this website updated, but faculty and staff should consult with their chair, director or relevant personnel in the Office of the Dean, to be sure they have the most current information.

In matters of personnel, the Boston University Faculty Handbook is the governing document. The policies and practices of SED must be consistent with the policies of Boston University as a whole. The SED Handbook is, necessarily, a work in progress because this is an evolving University and School. We welcome suggestions for improvement. Please address them to the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Kathleen Vaughan.

School of Education Mission Statement

The Boston University School of Education is a diverse, scholarly community dedicated to serving education through teaching, scholarship, and outreach.

We prepare professionals to lead in education, to practice civic responsibility, and to exemplify intellectual curiosity.

We conduct scholarship that advances knowledge and refines practice.

We collaborate with local and global partners to forge more caring, just, and sustainable societies.


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.