EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: PreK-12

The Master of Education (EdM) program in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: PreK-12 at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development will prepare you to be a PreK-12 public, independent, or international school or district leader. This program offers both licensure and non-licensure options. 

We are committed to developing 21st-century educational leaders who are data-informed, future-oriented, and people-focused. The program’s faculty comprises successful and highly respected school and district leaders.  

(Are you deciding between the EdM in Educational Leadership or Educational Policy Studies? Consult our program comparison chart.)

Essential Questions

Career Outcomes

The Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: PreK-12 Program is designed to prepare aspiring and developing:

  • Principal/assistant principal (Pre-K–8 or 5–12) 
  • Special education administrator 
  • Superintendent/assistant superintendent 
  • Supervisor/director 
  • Leaders of public charter, alternative, independent, and international schools 

EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program Requirements

The PreK-12 concentration of our EdM in Educational Leadership & 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 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.

The non-licensure pathway is for students who plan to work in independent, international, or public charter schools.

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

Program Faculty


Next Steps in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies

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Contact Info

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