Human potential transformed.

More people than ever are actively working to right social injustice. BU Wheelock leads the movement to promote equity and social justice. Our academic programs prepare professionals who dismantle systemic barriers and create positive change for all children and families.

Why BU Wheelock 

With a focus on cross-disciplinary research, experiential learning, and community partnership, our undergraduate and graduate academic programs in education and human development empower our students to reshape the systems that build our futures—more firmly centering them in justice, diversity, and belonging—to build a brighter and more just future and community for all.

From our undergraduate major in Education and Human Development to our many graduate programs, our students learn to change lives and impact the world around them by understanding and honing their own role as change-makers.

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This summer, BU Wheelock welcomed the first group of students joining the new EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. The program focuses on preparing school and district leaders to solve complex educational problems and initiate innovation and change in their schools and districts...

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BU Wheelock recently expanded its nondegree certificate programs to include a 14-credit certificate in Child & Youth Policy. The program, designed for current master’s and doctoral students, will provide students with knowledge of child, youth, and family policy...

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For Conrad Baer (’19), reflection on his time completing his EdM in Deaf Studies at BU Wheelock provides two major takeaways: the importance of leveraging technology and the need to scaffold ideas when teaching. Baer, who is project manager of Gallaudet University’s Motion Light Lab...

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Where research becomes action.

BU Wheelock conducts innovative, relevant, and timely research. We work with our partners to use that knowledge to address the challenges they face. And we provide graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in this work.

“By comparing changes in online search activity across different geographies, we were able to estimate how COVID-induced demand for online resources varied by a range of geographic and socioeconomic factors, including income, internet access, and rurality,” explain Bacher-Hicks and Goodman. The results they found were notable.

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Dr. Kathleen Corriveau, BU Wheelock associate professor of applied human development, and Dr. Rebekah Richert, University of California Riverside associate professor of psychology, have received the second-largest grant ever issued by the John Templeton Foundation. The $10 million grant, to be disbursed by Templeton over five years, will fully implement a network they have named the Developing Belief Network. The network will consist of international researchers who will study how religion impacts children’s world views.

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A more just world for all.

BU Wheelock’s students, faculty, and alumni develop and sustain long-term partnerships with communities and organizations. Let’s build a community of respect, friendship, collaboration, and action. Join us.

Upward Bound: “Like a GPS for students”

This year, 103 high schoolers are in the Upward Bound program, attended by about three dozen staff and volunteers, including teachers for their math, science, literature, writing, and foreign language classes. About half of the tutors are BU students. Additionally, four Wheelock College of Education & Human Development science fellows are doing their prepracticum in Zoom classrooms.

“One goal of the summer program is to give students that residential experience, so when they go off to college, it’s not a foreign experience to them,” Reggie Jean says. “They’ve not only heard about ways to navigate it, they’ve experienced it. They’ve had to get up on their own and walk to classes.”

Altogether, it can mean big growth for students.

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Dr. Jennifer Greif Green, associate professor in BU Wheelock’s special education program, has partnered with Medway Public Schools to develop an online COVID-19 stress and anxiety educational course for students.

The course, launched May 11, is designed to help students in grades 5–12...

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has provided funding that will support a new partnership between the CERES Institute for Children & Youth at BU Wheelock, the Boston Debate League (BDL), and the Henderson Inclusion School, a Boston Public School that serves students of diverse ethnic, linguistic, and ability backgrounds...

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BU Wheelock is excited to welcome three new clinical internship sites for the Child Life & Family-Centered Care program.

BU Wheelock’s Child Life & Family-Centered Care is a cohort-based program that prepares students to work as a part of interdisciplinary teams...

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