EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: PreK-12

The Master of Education (EdM) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at Boston University is designed to prepare you to be a PreK-12 public, independent, or international school or district leaders, higher education administrators, or education-related community, state, federal, and institutional leaders or analysts. 

Our faculty and coursework are committed to developing 21st Century educational leaders who are data-informed, future-oriented, and people-focused.

We offer two areas of specialization for our students: 

  • Licensure
  • Non-Licensure

Essential Questions

More About Our Program

The PreK-12 concentration of our EdM in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program has two pathways — licensure and non-licensure. The licensure pathway is a 32 or 36 credit program, depending upon the license, and prepares students to serve as leaders in traditional public schools and districts. The non-licensure pathway is for students who plan to work in Independent, International, public charter schools, and in educational organizations such as think tanks, consulting groups, and state and federal education agencies. The academic focus in all PreK-12 programs is on problems of practice and the translation of theory to practice. Most professors in our PreK-12 program are current or former successful and highly respected school and district leaders.  The licensure program features 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.

We Prepare Aspiring Educational Leaders To Be:

  1. Creative Organizational Architects who build strong collaborative and entrepreneurial cultures that feature formal, dynamic, and inclusive governance structures
  2. Authentic Leaders who have clear, strong, frequently communicated, and very visible core values
  3. Skilled Politicians who develop strong working relationships with all stakeholders, and bring the community together around common values, a common mission, and a dynamic organizational improvement strategy
  4. Effective Communicators who communicate regularly, proactively, clearly, sometimes inspirationally, and harness the power of technology so that the community is well informed
  5. Reflective and Ethical Practitioners who embrace complexity, human imperfection (including one’s own), organizational uncertainty, crisis management, the practice of redemption, and develop and always demonstrate a moral center of gravity
  6.  Community-Based Leaders who understand the child within the context of family and community, with particular sensitivity to issues of race, gender, language, and socio-economic status

Career Outcomes

  • School and School District Leaders
  • State and Federal Education Department Administrators, Researchers and Policy-Makers
  • Think-Tank Researchers and Policy-Makers
  • Educational Consultants

Program Requirements

  • Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Program Faculty

Mary L. Churchill, Adjunct Professor, Associate Dean For Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement

Stephanie Curenton, Associate Professor, Program Director for Child & Youth Policy Certificate

Raul Fernandez, Lecturer

Stacy Scott, Senior Lecturer

Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Lecturer, Program Director for MA in Educational Policy Studies

Robert Weintraub, Senior Lecturer, Program Director for Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Jerry Whitmore, Jr., Clinical Assistant Professor

Marcus A. Winter, Associate Professor, Department Chair for Educational Leadership & Policy Studies




Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Program Director Dr. Robert Weintraub, rjtraub@bu.edu.

Next Steps

BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact edlic@bu.edu with questions.