Graduate Academics

At Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, our master’s degrees and graduate programs are designed to meet you where you are now and transform you into the professional you want to become. Whether you’re looking to enter a new field with a non-degree certificate or master’s degree, hone your skills with an advanced certificate, or become a leader in your area through doctoral study, we look forward to working with you.

Explore our programs

Master’s Degree Programs

BU Wheelock offers a wide range of master’s degrees in education and human development designed to further your career goals. Taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields, our specialized programs provide the ideal blend of theoretical knowledge alongside skill-building exercises and experiential opportunities.  

Most of our graduate programs are offered at Boston University’s Charles River campus, with options for part-time and full-time study. A selection of our master’s programs are offered in a hybrid format or online, like our fully online Master’s in Curriculum & Teaching. Visit the individual page for your program of interest to learn more about options for online courses or explore the on-campus opportunities embedded in our in-person master’s degrees. 

Master of Education (EdM)

Our various Master of Education (EdM) degrees expand students’ knowledge of a particular content area while also exploring research and theory. The diverse EdM offerings include Deaf Education, Early Childhood Education, Education Leadership & Policy Studies, Special Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, among others. Our dual degree programs combining a Master of Social Work and an EdM in Special Education or or Educational Leadership & Policy Studies are excellent graduate programs for those working with students with disabilities. 

Master of Arts/Master of Science Programs

BU Wheelock offers three specialized master’s degrees for those interested in advocating for children and youth through educational policy or in healthcare settings. 

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows liberal arts majors and working professionals interested in changing careers to earn their initial licensure and take the education courses needed to become a successful classroom teacher at the middle or high school level. Our graduate teaching programs offered include English Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, and World Language Education.  Learn more about the MAT degree program.

Doctoral Programs 

BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development offers three doctoral programs related to education and applied human development. Depending on your professional objectives, each of our programs offers a distinctive focus. 

Professional Development 

BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development supports professionals currently working in the field through graduate-level, non-degree certificate programs providing high-quality professional development.

Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) 

Our Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study are post-master’s programs that allow students to earn a specialized credential with the option to individualize their coursework. These certificate programs are designed for current educators with a master’s degree looking to advance their skill set and update their pedagogical knowledge. CAGS are available in Curriculum & Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Education of the Deaf, Educational Leadership & Policy, and Special Education, as well as numerous academic areas. Learn more about our CAGS programs.

Non-Degree Certificate Programs 

BU Wheelock’s certificate programs are typically less than 20 credits and offer students the opportunity to advance their knowledge without committing to an entire master’s program. Our certificates include Child & Youth Policy, Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Community-Engaged Research & Evaluation, Education for Equity & Democracy, Literary Intervention, and multiple Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) credentials.   

Learn more about the certificate programs.

Graduate Admissions 

Ready to apply to BU Wheelock? Find information about applying to our graduate programs, tuition and semester costs, and options for financial assistance on the Graduate Admissions page.

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Learn more about BU Wheelock’s Graduate Programs 

Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development provides career-advancing graduate programs for educators and human development professionals. Our abundance of master’s degrees include Master of Education, Master of Teaching, and other specialized master’s programs. For professionals already in the field, consider one of our certificate or doctoral programs.

Request information today to learn more about your graduate program of interest at BU Wheelock.