EdM in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at Boston University School of Education 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; and
  • 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 but interrelated concentrations:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership: Licensure Track, and
  • No sub-concentration but with a suggested focus in either
    • Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership
    • Policy, Planning, and Administration, or
    • Higher Education

This highly customizable, 32-credit EdM program is ideal for aspiring or developing leaders of alternative, independent, and international schools as well as those interested in a career in education-related community organizations, institutes, think tanks, and state and federal service, and international education enterprises. This program is also useful for professionals in such areas as journalism, law, education sales and marketing, and elected and appointed offices who wish to specialize in educational issues, products, or services.

Required Courses for an EdM (8 credits)

  • AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

As listed above, there are only two required courses for the EdM in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (no sub-concentration); however, students may choose to elect additional courses in one of three broad focus areas: Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership; Policy, Planning, and Administration; and Higher Education. Those interested in pursuing one of these focus areas may select courses from the Recommended Electives below. Students may also, with guidance from their advisor, take electives from multiple focus areas as well as design their own program of studies.

Recommended Electives—Pre-K–12 Educational Leadership Focus (16 credits)

  • AP 720 Performance-Based Instructional Leadership (4 cr)
  • AP 750 Educator Evaluation and Supervision (4 cr)
  • AP 758 School Governance, Finance, and Operations (4 cr)
  • AP 800 Practicum and Seminar (4 cr)

Recommended Electives—Policy, Planning, and Administration Focus (16 credits)

  • AP 600 Diversity and Justice (4 cr)
  • AP 753 Educational Policy (4 cr)
  • AP 754 Educational Equity and the Law (2 cr)
  • AP 757 School Labor Relations and Personnel Management (2 cr)
  • AP 758 School Governance, Finance, and Operations (4 cr)

Recommended Electives—Higher Education Focus (16 credits)

  • AP 550 Perspectives on Higher Education (4 cr)
  • AP 551 Issues in Higher Education Administration (4 cr)
  • AP 612 Governance and Decision Making in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • AP 730 Innovation in Higher Education (4 cr)

Other Electives (8 credits)

On Campus

The Higher Education Administration (HEA) specialization is for students seeking to begin or advance their careers in college and university administration. Structured within a broad-based curriculum and customized electives, HEA strives to reflect the contemporary higher education landscape and issues impacting colleges and universities. Curricular emphasis focuses on engaging students in theory-to-practice learning through exposure to, exploration in, and experiential opportunities with core higher education concepts of history, strategic planning and administration, legal issues, research and assessment, social justice perspectives, and current issues, while also allowing personalization through the selection of electives. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of professional and educational roles including student affairs, academic administration, pre-college advisement, career advisement, fundraising and development, alumni relations, admissions, and financial aid, among others.

Core Coursework (20–24 credits)

  • SED AP 550 Perspectives on Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 551 Issues in Higher Education Administration (4 cr)
  • SED AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • SED AP 755 Legal Issues in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 801 Professional Development Seminar (Part I, 2 cr; Part II, 2 cr)—only a core course for full-time students
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Elective Coursework (12–16 credits)

Students complete 12–16 credits of graduate-level courses (approximately four courses) with topics related to higher education. Full-time students choose three courses, or 12 credits, while part-time students choose four courses, or 14 credits. Courses are selected in consultation with an academic advisor and may be completed at any school within BU.

Fieldwork/Internship

A graduate assistantship (or internship) is required for all full-time students and strongly recommended for part-time students with limited work experience in higher education. Faculty members will assist students with the assistantship/internship search process. However, it is the student’s responsibility to secure the practical experience. Students engaged in fieldwork should also enroll in the AP 801 Professional Development Seminar course.

Online

The Higher Education Administration specialization is a 36-credit concentration (beginning fall 2015) for part-time students seeking to enter or advance their careers in higher education administration. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of professional roles in higher education including, but not limited to, student life, financial aid, admissions, career advisement, academic administration, pre-college advisement, and development and alumni relations. Curricular emphasis provides students a broad foundation in higher education administration including insight into historical/contemporary perspectives, contemporary issues, and social and personnel functions of higher education as well as governance and legal issues.

Core Coursework (9)

All online coursework is carousel scheduled. Each course is organized in 7-week modules. Part-time students may enroll in up to two courses per semester.

  • SED AP 550 Perspectives on Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 551 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Administration (4 cr)
  • SED AP 662 Strategic Planning and Administration (4 cr)
  • SED AP 755 Legal Issues in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (SED-wide required course for all master’s students) (4 cr)
  • SED AP 612 Governance and Decision Making in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 553 Student Affairs in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 730 Innovations in Higher Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 610 Campus Ecology & Student Development (4 cr)

Boston University School of Education (SED) is committed to improving public education for all students by providing schools and school districts with instructional leaders who:

  • Understand and adapt to the changing needs of their students, schools, and communities;
  • Have a vision of effective instruction grounded in research; and who
  • Utilize both qualitative and quantitative data to realize that vision.

Utilizing a wide network of affiliated school leaders from throughout greater Boston and beyond, our Educational Leadership Licensure Programs (ELLPs) provide aspiring school leaders with a unique combination of practice-embedded coursework and research-informed clinical experience leading toward both an EdM and eligibility for a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) administrator license as a:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal (Pre-K–6, 5–8, or 9–12)
  • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent
  • Supervisor/Director
  • Special Education Administrator

The courses listed below provide the theoretical foundation, professional skills, and knowledge base that the students will apply in their clinical experiences leading to mastery of the state licensure standards and indicators.

Core Courses for All Licenses

  • AP 720 Performance-Based Instructional Leadership (4 cr)
  • AP 758 School Governance, Finance, and Operations (4 cr)
  • AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • AP 750 Educator Evaluation and Supervision (4 cr)
  • AP 757 School Labor Relations and Personnel Management (2 cr)
  • AP 754 Educational Equity and the Law (2 cr)
  • AP 526 Family and Community Engagement (2 cr)
  • TL 530 School Leadership: English Language Learners (2 cr)
  • RS 600 Introduction to Research (for EdM) (4 cr)

Supervisor/Director License

The 28 credits above, and:

  • CT 721 Analysis and Design of Curriculum (4 cr)
  • CT 801 Leadership Practicum & Seminar (300 hours) (4 cr)

Special Education Administrator License

The 28 credits above, and:

  • SE 744 School Administration and Special Needs (4 cr)
  • SE 702 Leadership Practicum & Seminar (600 hours) (8 cr)

Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent License

The 28 credits above, and:

  • AP 761 Organizational Analysis (4 cr)
  • AP 805 Leadership Practicum & Seminar (600 hours) (8 cr)

Principal/Assistant Principal License

The 28 credits above, and:

  • AP 802, 803, or 804 Leadership Practicum & Seminar (600 hours) (8 cr)

At the core of our program is an intensive clinical relationship among the student, a highly experienced field-based practitioner, and a University-based supervisor. This clinical relationship enables the student to relate course assignments to the field, applying theories learned in the classroom to the practice of leading educational institutions. It also provides entry into a practicum experience in which DESE’s Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership (PSIs) are practiced and mastered.

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 SED, 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 SED’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; and
  • Understanding and implementation of effective management systems for talent development and fiscal planning.