Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

As one of the leaders in education and education reform in the nation, the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development provides comprehensive teacher preparation to students in more than 20 concentrations at the graduate level of study.

From its founding in 1918, Wheelock has pursued three missions: to educate and prepare professional teachers, administrators, and educators to accept leadership responsibilities throughout the world; to offer continuing educational opportunities that allow practicing teachers and administrators to make the very most of their talents; and to promote research and scholarship that elevate the quality of education. Continuous involvement in the surrounding community has made Wheelock faculty and students particularly effective teachers and learners who are sensitive and responsive to the circumstances and realities of schooling.

Wheelock programs are based on the premise that professional competence requires a foundation of knowledge in traditional academic disciplines and in the art and science of teaching and learning. In addition to their courses in education, students take courses in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and other professional schools at the University. Collaboration between Wheelock faculty and other faculty is increasingly important to our academic and research missions.

Undergraduate students have opportunities to explore career options and relate theory to practice through a uniquely designed interdisciplinary program rooted in education and human development. At all degree levels, students are encouraged to work with faculty and research associates in building bridges among the academic, service, and research functions of the college. Wheelock draws heavily on the educational community of the Boston metropolitan area, educational partners in selected international sites, and the special skills of faculty and research associates working in centers, clinics, and laboratories in the college, the University, and in community agencies and hospitals.

Opportunities for overseas and regional field assignments are complemented by opportunities to work locally with faculty and graduate students in school-based clinics and learning laboratories. Collaborative arrangements with human service agencies and corporations allow students to match the training, development, and evaluation skills of the educator with the unique needs of those environments.

Urban and suburban fieldwork and service opportunities for students are also abundant. Through a cooperative network of school districts (including Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Concord, Lexington, Newton, Quincy, Somerville, and others) and carefully structured experiences overseas, students can link theory with practice and work with professionals in helping children and adults.


Boston University, including its Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).