The Lynch School of Education
(LSOE) is a professional school of Boston College
. Joseph O'Keefe, S.J.
is the current dean.
The Lynch School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in education, psychology, and human development. The mission of the school is to improve the human condition through education. This goal is pursued through excellence and ethics in teaching, research, and service. Lynch School faculty prepare students to serve diverse populations in a variety of professional roles—as teachers, administrators, human service providers, psychologists, and researchers. What unites this diverse work is the underlying aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just.
The Lynch School was formally dedicated as the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education on November 2, 2000. Peter Lynch is a BC graduate and one of the country’s best-known financial investors. Carolyn Lynch is a fervent supporter of education, and is a graduate and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and president of the Lynch Foundation.
LSOE was founded in 1952. Founding Dean Charles F. Donovan, S.J., sought to establish “a good and flourishing school of education” that would “exercise a beneficial influence on education and educational policies in this part of the country.”
Programs of Study
The School has grown to 60 full-time faculty members, more than 35 part-time faculty members and another 60 researchers, 800 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students, and more than 25 academic programs in education, human development, and psychology.
There are several research groups operating within the School, and students often participate in collaborative projects. Major research projects are conducted under the auspices of the six major centers and institutes located in the Lynch School, and most faculty members employ graduate research assistants. Excellent practicum sites are located in schools, clinics, and hospitals throughout greater Boston and especially in the Boston public schools, and students have opportunities to participate in research projects in these sites. The Boston College Campus School, which serves about 50 multiply disabled children, can be used as a research and practicum site for students in teacher education programs. There are nine international practice teaching sites in American schools abroad. The Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching Exceptional Children, the Journal for Educational Change, and the Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment are housed at the Lynch School. The Lynch School, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, is working with a $5-million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its “Teachers for New Era” initiative. The Center for International Higher Education serves as a center of dialogue and communication among academic institutions in the industrialized nations and in the developing countries of the Third World and is home to the journals Journal of Higher Education in Africa, Educational Policy, and International Higher Education. The Center for Child, Family, and Community Partnerships engages in outreach scholarship in areas affecting the life chances of youth and their families. The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture works to promote understanding of race and culture through psychological study and related psychoeducational interventions. The Center for Human Rights and International Justice offers a certificate in human rights/justice.
Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
M.A. Counseling Psychology / Mental Health Counselor
M.A. Counseling Psychology / School Counseling
M.A. Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Ph.D. Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology
Curriculum & Instruction/Teacher Education
M.A.T. Elementary Education (G1-6)/Leading to Professional Licensure
M.A.T. Reading (all grade levels)/Leading to Professional Licensure
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Curriculum & Instruction
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Reading / Literacy Education
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
M.Ed. Elementary Education
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Moderate Disabilities
M.Ed. Secondary Education
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Teacher of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
M.S.T. Secondary Education
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
M.A.T. Secondary Education
Educational Administration & Higher Education
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Educational Administration
M.Ed. Educational Administration and Catholic School Leadership
J.D./M.Ed./M.A. Educational Administration or Higher Education
M.A. Higher Education
Ph.D. Higher Education
Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (ERME)
M.Ed. Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
Ph.D. Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
Notable Faculty, Past and Present
, is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The mission of the Chair is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education. Andy Hargreaves's teaching and research at Boston College concentrates on sustainable leadership, professional learning communities, educational change and the emotions of teaching.
Marilyn Cochran-Smith, is the John E. Cawthorne Endowed Chair in Teacher Education for Urban Schools at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, where she directs the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction. She has written many award-winning articles and books on diversity in teaching and teacher education and on teacher education policy and practice, teacher research, teacher learning, and the growth and development of knowledge for teaching. She was the editor of AACTE’s journal, The Journal of Teacher Education.
Larry Ludlow, is Department Chair of the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. His research includes psychometrics, course evaluations, Rasch measurement models, teaching statistics, and teacher testing.
Maria Estela Brisk, professor and researcher. Her research focuses on bilingualism, bilingual education, literacy development.