Graduate Studies

From its founding in 1918, the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development at Boston University has been a diverse, scholarly community dedicated to serving education through teaching, scholarship, and outreach. In 2018, the School of Education (SED) merged with Wheelock College. This led to an expansion of academic programs in education and human development.

  • We prepare professionals to lead in education and human development, to practice social responsibility, and to exemplify intellectual curiosity.
  • We conduct scholarship that advances knowledge and refines practice.
  • We collaborate with local and global partners using the best practices in education and human development to forge more caring, just, and sustainable societies.
  • We are committed to transforming systems designed to support children and families.
  • We are focused on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion through our curriculum, partnerships, research, funding, and scholarship.

We are dedicated to preparing outstanding professional educators, counselors, child life specialists, educational leaders, and policy analysts who produce research that improves the practice of education and human development and provides excellent professional support to our partners in the field.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs at the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development offer specialized advanced learning opportunities for individuals in many areas of education and human development, including early childhood education; elementary and secondary education; higher education administration; special education; counseling; and policy, planning, and administration. (For specific programs, see the Programs section.) The flexible, interdisciplinary nature of the school’s programs responds to the realities of today’s changing educational environment. Many of our programs allow for full-time or part-time study. A number of programs offer late afternoon and evening courses to accommodate students completing fieldwork and working professionals. Selected programs are offered fully online.

Note: For requirements of degrees and certificate programs, see “Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Requirements” below.

Students may take courses from a number of the 17 schools and colleges of Boston University, designing a course of study specific to their professional needs within the boundaries of the educational specialization. Also, Boston University belongs to an area consortium of institutions—which includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Hebrew College, and Tufts University—allowing cross-registration for graduate students with the approval of faculty advisors.


Boston University, including the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). The Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is fully accredited to offer programs leading to the Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). The University confers the degrees and CAGS for candidates recommended by the faculty of the school and approved by the Board of Trustees.


Applicants must apply and be admitted to a degree program in order to enroll as a degree candidate.