Master of Education (M.Ed./C.A.E.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30 graduate credit hour program for students with teaching experience who wish to pursue new interests and extended study.

This program is for:

  • U.S. students who already possess an initial license and want to enhance learning further in their area of licensure

  • International students who wish to engage with foundational and leading edge thinking and thinkers on curriculum, pedagogy, and educational reform;

  • All candidates who want to explore new areas of interest such as policy, teacher leadership, teaching English Language Learners, universal design for learning, assessment, and special education

  • Students interested in Curriculum Design and Instructional Design 

  • Private school educators, Boston College students enrolled in the fifth year program, and educators from areas such as publishing, curriculum design, and museum education

  • Classroom teachers who wish to become educational leaders in their schools and districts.

This degree program does not lead to licensure, nor are students in this program eligible to apply for supervised practicum experiences. 

Programs of study are planned and personalized in consultation with a faculty advisor to support and develop candidate's professional goals and progress towards completion. There are two required courses. In collaborating with their faculty advisor, program students select eight additional courses to construct a personalized and flexible pathway of study. Discipline and cross discipline focus areas may be selected. Several specializations and certificates are possible to include in the personalized program of study. All faculty in the Department work with students in the Curriculum and Instruction master's program, based on the interest areas of each student. With careful planning and advising, the program can be completed in one academic year and two summers.

Financial Assistance

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:

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits.

How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program 1-1.5 years. 

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. 

Our Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Course Course Title  Credit
EDUC 7421 

Theories of Instruction

This provides an in-depth review of modern instructional models classified into selected families with regard to perception of knowledge, the learner, curriculum, instruction, and evaluation. Each student will be asked to survey models in his/her own field(s) and to select, describe, and defend a personal theory in light of today's educational settings based upon personal experiences, reflection on current research, and contemporary issues central to the education of all learners. 


Curriculum Theories and Practice

Asks teachers to analyze the philosophical underpinnings of educational practices. Also asks teachers to examine their own philosophies of education and to construct meaning and practice from the interplay between their beliefs and alternative theories. Designed for individuals advanced in their professional development.

  Four Electives 12

Where do our department gradautes work?

St. John's Preparatory School

Assistant Principal of Academics

Littleton Public Schools

Fourth Grade Teacher

Papillion La Vista School District

Sixth Grade Teacher

Museum of Science

Director of Exhibits

Goodwin Procter LLP

Court Procedures Attorney

Boston Public Schools

First Grade Teacher

Concord-Carlisle Regional School District

High School History Teacher

Needham Public Schools

Special Education Teacher

Steppingstone Foundation

Mathematics Instructor 

North Attleborough Public Schools

School Principal and ELL Coordinator

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.


Application Information


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Regular Decision

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
    Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

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.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.


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

Standardized Tests

This program does not require the GRE or any other standardized test. If you wish to submit a score report, the Lynch School code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.