The Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership equips professionals with knowledge of current research and theory related to early childhood, the policy landscape, diversity, and theories of leadership. Courses develop skills in translating empirical research into practice and policy and collaboration with the multiple stakeholders in young children’s lives.
This certificate is offered by the Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction located within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic institutions and nonprofits in the Greater Boston and Northeast region—and our extraordinary alumni network—provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.
Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.
The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:
This certificate consists of 4 courses.
Students will typically complete the certificate in 1 year.
The first option is a 4 course, 12 credit specialization.
The second pathway involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's program.
|Course Number||Course Name|
|APSY 7611||Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education|
|ELHE 7711||Using Data & Evidence for School Improvements|
|Choose 1 from the following 2 courses:|
|EDUC 9755||Theories of Leadership|
|ELHE 7726||Organizational Theory and Learning|
|Choose 1 from the following 4 courses:|
|APSY 7665||Developmental Disabilities: Evaluation, Assessments, Families & Systems|
|APSY 8620||Education and Social Issues and Social Policy|
|EDUC 6316||Teaching Process and Content in Early Education|
|ELHE 7727||Family and Community Engagement
Schedule of courses subject to change
Assistant Principal of Academics
Fourth Grade Teacher
Sixth Grade Teacher
High School History Teacher
Director of Exhibits
Court Procedures Attorney
First Grade Teacher
Special Education Teacher
School Principal and ELL Coordinator
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:
Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467