2012-2013 BC Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs Catalog

2012-2013 BC Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs Catalog
boston
college
2012–2013
ever to excel
Boston College
Chestnut Hill
Massachusetts 02467
617-552-8000
Boston College Bulletin 2012–2013
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs
Volume LXXXV, Number 28, June 2012
The Boston College Bulletin contains current information regarding the University calendar,
admissions, degree requirements, fees, regulations, and course offerings. It is not intended to be and
should not be relied upon as a statement of the University’s contractual undertakings.
Boston College reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes
in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, cancelling
of scheduled classes and other academic activities, and requiring or affording alternatives for scheduled
classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable
under the circumstances.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and
to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community
of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect
for one another and for the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself
to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those
who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, military status, or other legally protected status.
Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, wrongful discrimination and disrespect. It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance. Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to
take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to
comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational
programs on the basis of a person’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or
parental status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, and to comply with state
law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation.
To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director for Institutional Diversity to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance
with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA. Any applicant for
admission or employment, and all students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise any
questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for Institutional Diversity: Boston College
Office for Institutional Diversity (OID), 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467,
Phone: 617-552-2323, Email: [email protected]
The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees the efforts of the following additional
Title IX coordinators: (i) Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment complaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-3482 or ([email protected]);
(ii) University Harassment Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii)
Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women’s Administrator, 310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill,
MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-4801 or ([email protected]).
In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful discrimination has occurred at Boston
College may raise this issue with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States Department
of Education.
© Copyright 2012 Trustees of Boston College
Table of Contents
About Boston College
Introduction...........................................................................3
The University.......................................................................3
The Mission of Boston College..............................................3
Brief History of Boston College.............................................3
Accreditation of the University...............................................4
The Campus..........................................................................4
Academic Resources...............................................................5
Art and Performance..............................................................5
Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC).....................5
The Help Center (2-HELP)...................................................5
Language Laboratory..............................................................5
The Libraries..........................................................................5
Media Technology Services....................................................7
University Research Institutes and Centers.............................7
Student Life Resources.........................................................11
Disability Services Office......................................................12
Annual Notification of Rights..............................................13
Confidentiality of Student Records......................................14
Consumer Notices and Disclosures (HEOA).......................14
Financial Aid........................................................................15
Notice of Non-Discrimination.............................................16
Off-Campus Housing..........................................................16
Tuition and Fees..................................................................16
Massachusetts Medical Insurance.........................................17
National Student Clearinghouse...........................................18
Boston College Graduate Degree Programs..........................18
Department of Educational Research,
Measurement, and Evaluation..............................................38
Dual Degree Programs.........................................................38
Faculty.................................................................................40
Graduate Course Offerings..................................................41
Administration.................................................................... 56-59
Academic Calendar 2012-2013.................................................60
Directory and Office Locations........................................... 61-62
Campus Maps...........................................................................63
Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity...............................................................21
Academic Regulations .........................................................22
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs
Admission............................................................................28
Financial Aid........................................................................29
Degree Programs..................................................................31
Doctoral Degree Programs...................................................31
Certificate of Advanced Educational
Specialization (C.A.E.S.)......................................................31
Master’s Degree Programs....................................................31
Research Centers..................................................................32
Department of Teacher Education/Special Education
and Curriculum and Instruction..........................................32
Programs in Teacher Education/Special Education
and Curriculum and Instruction..........................................33
Department of Educational Leadership
and Higher Education..........................................................35
Programs in Educational Leadership....................................35
Programs in Higher Education.............................................35
Department of Counseling, Developmental,
and Educational Psychology.................................................36
Programs in Counseling and Counseling Psychology...........36
Programs in Applied Developmental
and Educational Psychology.................................................37
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About Boston College
Introduction
The University
From its beginnings in 1863 as a small Jesuit college for boys
in Boston’s South End, Boston College has grown into a national
institution of higher learning that is regularly listed among the top 40
universities in the nation in ratings compiled by publications such as
Barron’s and U.S. News and World Report.
The University, now located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut
Hill, Massachusetts, enrolls 9,088 full-time undergraduates and 4,818
graduate students, hailing from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign
countries. Boston College offers its diverse student body state-of-the-art
facilities for learning: a full range of computer services including online
access to databases in business, economics, social sciences, and law, and
a library system with over 2.7 million books, periodicals, and government documents, and more than 4 million microform units.
Boston College awards bachelor’s and graduate degrees in more
than 50 subjects and interdisciplinary areas within the College of Arts
and Sciences, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from three
professional schools: the Carroll School of Management, founded in
1938; the Connell School of Nursing, founded in 1947; and the Lynch
School of Education, founded in 1952, which is now known as the
Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education. Boston College
also awards master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of
Social Work, and the Juris Doctor and the Master of Laws from Boston
College Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 30 law
schools in the United States.
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry was formed
on June 1, 2008, when the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology
and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry joined to
offer a full array of ministerial and theological courses and degrees. Both
a graduate divinity school and an ecclesiastical faculty of theology regulated by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (1979), the
school offers both master’s and doctoral degrees, civil and ecclesiastical
degrees, and a wide variety of continuing education offerings, including
online programs through Church in the 21st Century (C21 Online).
The Mission of Boston College
Strengthened by more than a century and a quarter of dedication
to academic excellence, Boston College commits itself to the highest
standards of teaching and research in undergraduate, graduate, and
professional programs and to the pursuit of a just society through
its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff, and the
achievements of its graduates. It seeks both to advance its place among
the nation’s finest universities and to bring to the company of its distinguished peers and to contemporary society the richness of the Catholic
intellectual ideal of a mutually illuminating relationship between religious faith and free intellectual inquiry.
Boston College draws inspiration for its academic and societal
mission from its distinctive religious tradition. As a Catholic and Jesuit
university, it is rooted in a world view that encounters God in all creation and through all human activity, especially in the search for truth
in every discipline, in the desire to learn, and in the call to live justly
together. In this spirit, the University regards the contribution of different religious traditions and value systems as essential to the fullness of
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its intellectual life and to the continuous development of its distinctive
intellectual heritage. Boston College pursues this distinctive mission by
serving society in three ways:
• by fostering the rigorous intellectual development and the
religious, ethical, and personal formation of its undergraduate,
graduate, and professional students in order to prepare them for
citizenship, service, and leadership in a global society;
• by producing significant national and international research that
advances insight and understanding, thereby both enriching culture and addressing important societal needs;
• and by committing itself to advance the dialogue between religious belief and other formative elements of culture through the
intellectual inquiry, teaching and learning, and the community
life that form the University.
Boston College fulfills this mission with a deep concern for all
members of its community, with a recognition of the important contribution a diverse student body, faculty, and staff can offer, with a firm
commitment to academic freedom, and with a determination to exercise careful stewardship of its resources in pursuit of its academic goals.
Brief History of Boston College
Boston College was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863,
and is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
With three teachers and 22 students, the school opened its doors on
September 5, 1864. At the outset and for more than seven decades of its
first century, the College remained an exclusively liberal arts institution
with emphasis on the Greek and Latin classics, English and modern
languages, and with more attention to philosophy than to the physical
or social sciences. Religion, of course, had its place in the classroom as
well as in the nonacademic life of the College.
Originally located on Harrison Avenue in the South End of
Boston, where it shared quarters with the Boston College High School,
the College outgrew its urban setting toward the end of its first 50
years. A new location was selected in Chestnut Hill, then almost rural,
and four parcels of land were acquired in 1907. A design competition
for the development of the campus was won by the firm of Maginnis
and Walsh, and ground was broken on June 19, 1909, for the construction of Gasson Hall. It is located on the site of the Lawrence farmhouse,
in the center of the original tract of land purchased by Father Gasson
and is built largely of stone taken from the surrounding property.
Later purchases doubled the size of the property, with the addition
of the upper campus in 1941, and the lower campus with the purchase
of the Lawrence Basin and adjoining land in 1949. In 1974, Boston
College acquired Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a mile-and-ahalf from the main campus. With 15 buildings standing on 40 acres,
it is now the site of the Boston College Law School and dormitories
housing over 800 students, primarily freshmen.
Though incorporated as a University since its beginning, it was
not until its second half-century that Boston College began to fill
out the dimensions of its University charter. The Summer Session
was inaugurated in 1924; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
in 1925; the Law School in 1929; the Evening College in 1929;
the Graduate School of Social Work in 1936; and the College of
Business Administration in 1938. The latter, along with its Graduate
School established in 1957, is now known as the Carroll School of
Management. The Schools of Nursing and Education were founded
in 1947 and 1952, respectively, and are now known as the Connell
School of Nursing and the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of
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Education. The Weston Observatory, founded in 1928, was accepted
as a Department of Boston College in 1947, offering courses in geophysics and geology. In 2002, the Evening College was renamed the
Woods College of Advancing Studies, offering the master’s as well as
the bachelor’s degree.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences began programs at the
doctoral level in 1952. Now courses leading to the doctorate are offered
by 12 Arts and Sciences departments. The Schools of Education and
Nursing, the Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs, and
the Graduate School of Social Work also offer doctoral programs.
In 1927, Boston College conferred one earned bachelor’s degree
and fifteen master’s degrees to women through the Extension Division,
the precursor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Evening
College, and the Summer Session. By 1970, all undergraduate programs had become coeducational. Today, female students comprise
more than half of the University’s enrollment.
In July 1996, the University’s longest presidency, 24 years, came
to an end when Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., became chancellor and
was succeeded in the presidency by Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. During
the decade of the nineties, the University completed several major construction projects, including the expansion and renovation of Higgins
Hall, the updating of residence halls on the upper campus and Newton
campus, and the construction of a new office building for faculty and
administration on lower campus. These projects provided on-campus
housing for more than 80% of the University’s undergraduates.
Since 1996, the University’s endowment has grown from $590
million to approximately $1.5 billion, with the “Ever to Excel” campaign raising more than $440 million in gifts from approximately
90,000 donors.
In September 2002, Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., initiated “The
Church in the 21st Century” to examine critical issues confronting the
Catholic Church. A milestone in the history of the University took
place on June 29, 2004, when Boston College acquired 43 acres of land
and five buildings in Brighton previously owned by the Archdiocese of
Boston. The following November, the University also purchased 78.5
acres of land in Dover from the Dominican Fathers to serve as a retreat
and conference center. In August 2007, the University purchased an
additional 18 acres of Brighton land from the Archdiocese, including
several administrative and academic buildings. On December 5, 2007,
Boston College unveiled its 10-year, $1.6 billion expansion plan,
including a recreation complex, residences for undergraduates, a fine
arts district, and new athletic facilities.
In the fall of 2008, BC’s new School of Theology and Ministry
opened its doors on the Brighton campus. In 1939 Weston College had
been designated as a constituent college of BC, but in 1974 changed
its name to the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. In June 2008 it
re-affiliated with BC, and joined the Institute of Religious Education
and Pastoral Ministry and C21 Online to form the new Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry. In June 2009, after a series of public
hearings, the City of Boston gave its approval to BC’s expansion plan
for the Lower and Brighton campuses. In late August 2011, after 15
months of extensive renovations, Gasson Hall, the University’s first
building on the Heights, reopened for classes. Work on nearby Stokes
Hall, the 186,000 square foot academic building on Middle Campus,
is scheduled to finish in the fall of 2012, with classes beginning in
spring of 2013.
Accreditation of the University
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Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions
of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of
School and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC
since 1935.
CIHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards
of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of CIHE’s
guidelines, member institutions of NEASC undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive
self-study. Boston College’s next full review for accreditation will occur
in 2017.
For information regarding the accreditation process please reference: http://cihe.neasc.org or the New England Association of School
and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 017301433. Inquiries regarding BC’s accreditation may be directed to the
Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270
Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260). For
a paper copy of this information, please contact the Boston College
Office of Institutional Research at 617-552-3111 or [email protected] The
mailing address is Boston College, IRPA, St. Clement’s Hall, 140
Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
In addition to NEASC, a variety of schools and programs at BC
are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies such as: Connell
School of Nursing: American Association of Colleges of Nursing;
Carroll School of Management: Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business; Law School: American Bar Association; Graduate
School of Social Work: Council on Social Work Education; School
of Theology and Ministry: The Association of Theological Schools;
School of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Department: American
Chemical Society; Lynch School of Education, Teacher Education,
Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction programs: Teacher
Education Accreditation Council; Doctoral Program in Counseling
Psychology: American Psychological Association.
The Campus
Located between Boston and Newton, Boston College benefits
from its proximity to one of America’s greatest cities and its setting in a
quiet residential suburb. Often cited as a model of university planning,
the Main Campus is located in idyllic Chestnut Hill, just six miles from
the heart of culturally rich Boston.
The 120-acre Chestnut Hill campus comprises three levels: the
Upper Campus, which contains undergraduate residence halls; the
Middle Campus, which contains classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, and student facilities; and the Lower Campus, which
includes Robsham Theater, Conte Forum, and student residences as
well as dining, recreational, and parking facilities.
The Newton Campus is situated one and one-half miles from the
Chestnut Hill campus on a 40-acre site that includes Boston College
Law School, as well as undergraduate dormitories, athletic fields, and
student service facilities.
The Brighton Campus, recently acquired from the Archdiocese of
Boston, is located across Commonwealth Avenue from the Chestnut
Hill Campus on a 65-acre site that will include administrative offices,
an arts district, an athletics complex, and residence halls.
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Academic Resources
Art and Performance
Boston College is home to a rich mix of cultural organizations,
including musical performance groups, dance troupes, and theatre productions, ranging from classical to contemporary. Among the musical
groups, students find a gospel choir, a pep band, a cappella groups, and
jazz ensembles. The McMullen Museum of Art regularly mounts critically acclaimed exhibitions, including past surveys of work by Edvard
Munch and Caravaggio. The Theatre Department presents six dramatic
and musical productions each year while student organizations produce
dozens of other projects. The annual Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration of the hundreds of Boston College faculty, students, and alumni
involved in the arts.
Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC)
The CTRC, located on the second floor of the O’Neill Library
(room 250), is a resource for campus technology support and services.
The CTRC provides a productive environment for the creative use
of technology to enhance the academic experience. They offer a wide
range of services to the Boston College community including email,
printing, scanning, video editing, and music technology stations. Users
also have access to Windows and Macintosh computers for various
standard and specialized software applications for word processing,
spreadsheets, statistical analysis, programming, graphics production,
database management, and faculty sponsored applications. The Walkin Help Desk (located in O’Neill 248) provides troubleshooting services for personal computers, including software configuration, network
connectivity, virus protection and removal, and password assistance.
To learn more, visit www.bc.edu/ctrc.
The Help Center (2-HELP)
The Help Center provides technical support via telephone (617552-HELP), email ([email protected]), and internet (www.bc.edu/
help) to the BC community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Hardware Repair Center
The Hardware Repair Center is located in O’Neill 208 and
provides warranty and non-warranty repair of Apple, Dell, HP and
Lenovo computers. For hours, rates and contact information please
visit: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/help/essentials/software/
hw-repair.html.
Language Laboratory
The Boston College Language Laboratory serves the language
learning and teaching needs of all of the University’s language and
literature departments, non-native speakers of English and the BC community at large from its center in Lyons Hall, room 313. By providing access to installed and portable equipment to be used with audio,
video, cable television and multimedia learning tools, the Lab pursues
its mission to promote and facilitate the acquisition and enhancement
of language skills and cultural competence. In addition to its listening/
recording stations and teacher console, the facility includes: Mac and
PC workstations, wireless laptops, laser printers, a materials development workstation, TV/video/DVD viewing rooms and media carrels, a
CD listening station, and portable audio and video equipment.
The Language Laboratory boasts an extensive catalog of resources
in more than 17 languages and in multiple formats (analog and digital
audio, videocassette, DVD, cable television programming, computer/
multimedia software, print materials—including monolingual and
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bilingual dictionaries, as well as language textbooks and activity manuals for elementary through advanced language courses). Designed to
assist users in the acquisition and maintenance of aural comprehension,
oral and written proficiency, and cultural awareness, these resources
directly support and/or supplement curriculum requirements in world
language, culture, music, and literature.
The Language Lab also supports the course planning and classroom
teaching needs of language and literature faculty by encouraging recommendations for new acquisitions, assisting in the preparation of course
materials, and serving as a multimedia classroom for the facilitation of
curricular programming, including student participation in online language and intercultural learning exchanges with global partners.
Boston College community members who wish to use the
Language Laboratory facility and its collection will find the staff available during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to assist them in
the operation of equipment and in the selection of appropriate materials
for their course-related or personal language needs. For more information about the Language Laboratory, call 617-552-8473 or visit www.
bc.edu/schools/cas/language.
The Libraries
The Boston College Libraries offer a wealth of resources and services in support of the teaching and research activities of the University.
The book collection numbers more than 2.1 million volumes and
over 37,000 print and electronic serials. In addition to O’Neill, the
Boston College Libraries comprise the Bapst Art Library, the Burns
Library (rare books and special collections), the Educational Resource
Center, the Law School Library, the O’Connor Library (at the Weston
Observatory), the Social Work Library, and the Theology and Ministry
Library. Available in the Libraries are workstations with productivity
software, scanners, networked printers, as well as group study rooms.
Digital Library Services
The Boston College Libraries provide online access to a wide
range of articles in journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as
e-books, government documents, images, streaming video and audio,
and other digital content. These resources, as well as detailed information about physical books and other items in the Libraries, are accessible via a central online discovery system as well as more than 500
subject-specific databases.
Books, DVDs, and other items checked out from the Libraries can
be renewed online. Items not available at BC can be requested online
from other libraries via interlibrary loan and WorldCat Local.
The Libraries also provide more than 240 online research guides,
including guides for broad and narrow subjects and specific Boston
College courses. Library staff supplement in-person instruction, reference, and consultation services with expert help via e-mail, text, 24/7
chat, and online tutorials.
The Boston College Libraries website is at http://bc.edu/libraries.
Digital Institutional Repository
The [email protected] digital repository is a central online system
maintained by the Boston College University Libraries. The goal is to
showcase and preserve Boston College’s scholarly output and to maximize research visibility and influence. [email protected] encourages
community contributors to archive and disseminate scholarly work,
peer-reviewed publications, books, chapters, conference proceedings,
and small data sets in an online open access environment.
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[email protected] archives and makes digitally available the undergraduate honors theses and doctoral dissertations written by students at
Boston College.
As part of its eScholarship services, the Libraries host several open
access journals. Library staff members provide set-up, initial design and
technical support to the journal staff. For access and more information
about [email protected], visit www.bc.edu/escholarship.
United States Government Publications
Boston College Libraries is a member of the Federal Depository
Library Program. O’Neill Library receives selective government documents in electronic format, and maintains a legacy print collection.
These materials are available to the general public as well as to Boston
College students, faculty, and staff. Researchers can locate government
documents in the online discovery system, and through a number of
databases such as ProQuest Congressional and Hein Online.
Questions about the availability of government publications
should be directed to the Government Documents librarian or the
Reference staff at O’Neill Library.
Media Center
The Media Center on the second floor of the O’Neill Library
houses the Library’s main collection of DVDs, videocassettes, compact
discs, audiocassettes, and LPs. Media materials can be located via the
online discovery system. The Media Center has individual viewing stations, a preview room for small groups viewing, a classroom that may
be reserved by faculty for classes using Media materials, digital video
cameras, and a scanning station.
Interlibrary Loan
An Interlibrary Loan service is offered to students, faculty, administrators, and staff to obtain research materials not owned by the Boston
College Libraries. Books, journal articles, microfilm, and theses and
government documents may be borrowed from other libraries across
the nation. Some materials arrive within a day or two and electronic
titles are delivered directly to the user’s desktop. Requests are made by
using forms in the online discovery system and the Find It option that
appears in many online databases.
Boston Library Consortium
The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of area libraries
which includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Boston University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts
University, the University of Massachusetts system, the University of
New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and Williams College, as well as
the State Library of Massachusetts and the Marine Biological Laboratory
at Woods Hole. Boston College offers direct self-service borrowing
and delivery from the BLC libraries by using WorldCat Local, one
of the databases available to the BC community. With a Consortium
borrower’s card, faculty and students may visit a BLC library and checkout directly from the member library. In order to receive a BLC card,
ask at the O’Neill Circulation Desk for more information about the
Consortium services.
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the U.S. and Canada that
share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. It is an
important and distinctive association because of its membership and
the nature of the institutions represented. ARL member libraries make
up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace,
spending more than $1 billion every year on library materials. Boston
College was invited to become a member of ARL in 2000.
The Libraries of Boston College include:
Bapst Art Library, a beautiful collegiate Gothic building that
served as the main library for over 60 years, has been restored to its
original splendor and houses the resources for library research in art,
architecture, art history, and photography. A gallery which displays
student artwork is located off the lobby, while the Graduate Study
and Research Space is located in the mezzanine of the Kresge Reading
Room. Gargan Hall, with its magnificent stained glass windows, provides for quiet study 24 hours a day, five days a week when classes are
in session. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/bapst.
John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections: The
University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are
housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst
Library Building, north entrance. These distinguished and varied collections speak eloquently of the University’s commitment to the preservation and dissemination of human knowledge. The Burns Library
is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16 million manuscripts,
and important collections of architectural records, maps, art works,
photographs, films, prints, artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns
Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of
research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitana;
Fine Print; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925–1975; Boston
history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional
archives. It has also won acclaim for significant holdings on American
detective fiction, Thomas Merton, Japanese prints, Colonial and early
Republic Protestantism, banking, and urban studies, anchored by the
papers of Jane Jacobs. To learn more about specific holdings in Burns,
please see www.bc.edu/burns. Burns sponsors an active exhibit and lecture series program. Burns is also actively digitizing many of its holdings,
and these collections can be viewed at: www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/
collinfo/digitalcollections.html.
The University Archives are the official non-current papers and
records of an institution that are retained permanently for their legal,
fiscal, or historical values. The University Archives, a department within
the John J. Burns Library, contains: the office records and documents
of the various University offices, academic and other; copies of all
University publications, including student publications; movie footage
of Boston College football; some audiovisual materials; and tape recordings of the University Lecture Series and other significant events. A
significant collection of photographs documents the pictorial history of
Boston College. Alumni, faculty, and Jesuit records are also preserved.
In addition, the University Archives is the repository for the records of
Newton College of the Sacred Heart (1946–1975) and the documents
of the Jesuit Community of Boston College (1863–).
The Educational Resource Center, a state-of-the-art-center, serves
the specialized resource needs of the Lynch School of Education students
and faculty. The collections include children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, curriculum and instructional materials in all formats, educational
and psychological tests, educational software intended for elementary
and secondary school instruction, and educational technology. In addition, the ERC has an interactive technology room designed to assist
students in integrating computers and other technology in the K–12
classroom as well as to practice lesson plans and presentations. These
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materials are unique to the needs of the Lynch School of Education
and do not duplicate materials found in the O’Neill Library. For more
information, visit www.bc.edu/erc.
Located on the Newton Campus, the Law School Library has a
collection of approximately 468,000 volumes and volume equivalents
of legal and related materials in a variety of media. The collection
includes primary source materials consisting of reports of judicial decisions and statutory materials as well as a broad collection of secondary
research materials in the form of textbooks and treatises, legal and related periodicals, legal encyclopedias, and related reference works. Most
law-related licensed databases, with the exception of LexisNexis and
Westlaw, are open for the entire university’s use and may be accessed
remotely. The Library possesses substantial and growing collections of
international and comparative law works. The Daniel R. Coquillette
Rare Book Room holds the Law Library’s special collections and features an ongoing series of exhibits. For more information, visit www.bc.
edu/lawlibrary.
The Catherine B. O’Connor Geophysics Library: Located at
Weston Observatory, this library contains a specialized collection of
earth sciences monographs, periodicals, and maps, particularly in the
areas of seismology, geology, and geophysics. For more information,
visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/weston.html.
The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., Library is named for the former
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill,
Jr., class of 1936. The O’Neill Library is the central research library of
the University and is located on the Main Campus in Chestnut Hill.
Collections include approximately 2.1 million volumes on a broad
range of subjects reflecting the University’s extensive curriculum and
research initiatives. For more information visit, www.bc.edu/libraries/
collections/oneill.html.
The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC), located on the
second floor of O’Neill Library in the Eileen M. and John M. Connors,
Jr., Learning Center, is a comprehensive, inclusive resource serving all
of the University’s students and faculty. The mission of the Center is
to enhance teaching and learning across the University. One of the
CFLC’s three professional staff members assists students with learning
disabilities, helping to ensure their academic success at Boston College.
The Center offers free peer tutoring as well as sponsors seminars,
workshops, and discussions for faculty and graduate teaching fellows
on strategies for successful teaching and learning.
The Social Work Library, located in McGuinn Hall, offers the
full range of library services and resources needed to support students
of the Graduate School of Social Work. The collection also serves the
departments of Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Nursing, and
related disciplines. Services are provided on-site by two librarians and
two staff members. Many services can be accessed remotely through the
Social Work Library website. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/
libraries/collections/socialwork.html.
The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) is the newest Boston
College library. Serving the research, teaching, learning, and pastoral
formation needs of the School of Theology and Ministry and Saint
John’s Seminary, the library’s collections are centered in biblical studies, Catholic theology, history, canon law, and Jesuitana. The TML
is a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and
Resources Network whose libraries’ combined collections number
nearly a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines.
In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respected New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston
College, the library is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in New Testament and related fields. For more
information visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/theology.html.
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Media Technology Services
Media Technology Services, a division of Information Technology
Services, provides a full range of media and technology services to the
entire University. MTS can assist members of the Boston College community who are using technology in the areas of teaching and learning,
research projects, conference planning, and event support.
A wide array of equipment and multimedia display devices are
available, and MTS can provide training and support for faculty who
teach in classrooms that are equipped with the latest in multimedia
technology. Services such as digital photography and media, video and
audio production, CD and DVD production and duplication, and
graphic design are also available. Faculty who wish to reach their students outside of the classroom can take advantage of the BC Cable TV
system by airing original or rental films and videos. Media Technology
Services is located in Campion Hall, Room 36. For more information,
call 617-552-4500 or visit www.bc.edu/offices/mts/home.html.
Divisions within MTS include:
• Classroom Support Services
• Graphic Services
• Photography Services
• Audio Services
• Video Services
• Cable Television Services
• Film and Video Rentals
• Newton Campus Support Services
• Project Management and Technical Support Services
University Research Institutes and
Centers
Research is an important part of the intellectual life at Boston
College. Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates
collaborate in a range of research strategies across the disciplines and
professional schools including laboratory studies, quantitative and
qualitative research, archival and textual research, theory development,
and field and basic research. In addition to the work of individual
faculty and units, Boston College supports the collaborative work of
faculty and students across the University through the following centers
and institutes:
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Through its many campus events, seminars, publications, and visiting fellows program, the Boisi Center creates opportunities for scholars,
policy makers, and media and religious leaders to connect in conversation and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion
and American public life. The Center does not seek to advance any ideological or theological agenda, whether conservative or liberal. Rather,
it operates on the conviction that rigorous conversation about religion
and public life can clarify the moral consequences of public policies in
ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America’s
increasing religious diversity. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/
boisi.
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Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning is devoted to the multifaceted development and implementation of new relationships between
Christians and Jews that are based not merely on toleration, but on
full respect and mutual enrichment. This defining purpose flows from
the mission of Boston College and responds to the vision expressed in
Roman Catholic documents ever since the Second Vatican Council.
The building of new, positive relationships between Jews
and Christians requires sustained collaborative academic research.
Therefore, under the Center’s auspices, scholars and thinkers representing diverse Jewish and Christian perspectives engage in intense and
ongoing study of all aspects of our related, yet distinct, traditions of
faith and culture.
The Center is thus dedicated to conducting educational research
and to offering programs, both in the University and the wider community, in which Christians and Jews explore their traditions together.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cjlearning.
Center for Corporate Citizenship
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has a membership base of 400 global companies who are committed to leveraging
their social, economic, and human resources to ensure business success
and a more just and sustainable world. The Center, which is a part of
the Carroll School of Management, achieves results through the power
of research, education, and member engagement. The Center offers
publications including an electronic newsletter, research reports, and a
weekly media monitor; professional development programs; and events
that include an annual conference, roundtables, and regional meetings.
Contact the Center for Corporate Citizenship at 617-552-4545, www.
bccorporatecitizenship.org, or [email protected]
Center for East Europe, Russia, and Asia
The Center’s programs encourage faculty and students to participate in interdepartmental endeavors on both the graduate and
undergraduate levels. Participating faculty come from the Fine Arts,
History, Philosophy, Political Science, Slavic and Eastern Languages
and Literatures, and Theology departments, and offer over 80 academic
courses connected with the study of the culture, history, and political
life of East Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and Central Asia.
Information is available from the Directors, Cynthia Simmons
(Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, Lyons Hall, Room 210)
and Roberta Manning (History, Maloney Hall, Room 417).
Center for Human Rights and International Justice
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice, a collaborative effort of faculty from various departments and schools at
Boston College, addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of
human rights work. Through multidisciplinary training programs,
applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the
Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners
who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of
rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and international justice. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/humanrights.
Center for Ignatian Spirituality
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College offers
members of the university—and faculty and staff in particular—opportunities to learn about and experience more deeply the spirituality of
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. This spirituality
is at the heart of the Jesuit mission of Boston College. The Center
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sponsors talks on campus, and offers retreats, seminars, and reflection
opportunities for groups as well as individual spiritual direction. For
more information, visit us at Rahner House, 96 College Road, or call
617-552-1777 or visit www.bc.edu/centers/cis.
Center for International Higher Education
Established in 1995 and housed in the Lynch School of Education,
the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is a research
and service agency providing information, publications, and a sense
of community to colleges and universities worldwide. Our focus is
conducting research and disseminating knowledge on current issues in
higher education worldwide. We are concerned with academic institutions in the Jesuit tradition, as well as with other universities. There is a
special concern with the needs of academic institutions in the developing countries of the Third World.
Center activities include the publication of International Higher
Education, a quarterly newsletter dealing with the central concerns of
higher education in an international context; a book series on higher
education; the maintenance of an international database of administrators, policy makers, and researchers in the field of higher education;
and sponsorship of an international conference on higher education
issues. Visiting scholars from Jesuit and other universities worldwide
occasionally are in residence at the Center. CIHE works in conjunction
with the Higher Education Program of the Lynch School.
For more information on the Center for International Higher
Education, visit www.bc.edu/cihe.
Center for Optimized Student Support
The mission of the Center for Optimized Student Support is to
study the most effective ways to address the out-of-school factors impacting student learning and thriving in schools. The Center develops, tests,
and disseminates innovative practices that address these out-of-school
factors (social/emotional, health, and family) by optimizing student support in schools.
Center for Retirement Research
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College was established through a grant from the Social Security Administration in 1998.
The goals of the Center are to promote research on retirement issues,
to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to
help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources.
The Center is the headquarters for researchers and experts in affiliated institutions including MIT, Syracuse University, the Brookings
Institution, the Urban Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute.
The Center is structured around an interdisciplinary research team
with backgrounds in actuarial science, demography, economics, economic history, finance, political science, sociology, and social work.
This team possesses a breadth of knowledge on retirement issues that
is virtually unmatched in the field. As the nation confronts the myriad
issues surrounding how best to ensure adequate retirement income
for an aging population, the Center’s research experts explore trends
in Social Security, private pensions, and other sources of retirement
income and labor force issues involving older workers. The Center also
employs undergraduate and graduate research assistants and sponsors
competitive grant programs for junior faculty and graduate students.
For more information on publications, events, and financial support programs, call (617-552-1762), send an email ([email protected]), or
visit the Center’s website (http://crr.bc.edu).
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Center for Student Formation
The Center for Student Formation engages students to explore
the connection between their talents, dreams, and the world’s deep
needs. By incorporating faculty and staff into all areas of programming, the Center provides opportunities in which students may fully
integrate their intellectual, social, and spiritual experiences. In addition
to sponsoring events for faculty, staff, and students, the Center for
Student Formation collaborates with University departments to serve
as a resource for new program design and implementation.
Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and
Educational Policy (CSTEEP)
The Lynch School of Education houses the Center for the
Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), a
University-supported research center internationally recognized for its
work in the policy uses of tests. This research center is a rich resource
for all programs in education and is especially known for its work
with large-scale assessment surveys such as the National Assessment of
Educational Progress and in the analyses of policies related to test-based
educator accountability.
Further information on CSTEEP is available on its website at
www.bc.edu/research/csteep.
Center on Wealth and Philanthropy
The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP), formerly the
Social Welfare Research Institute, studies spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. The
Center’s mission is to create fresh and valid thinking about the spiritual
foundations of wealth and philanthropy in order to create a wiser and
more generous allocation of wealth. CWP is a recognized authority on
the meaning and practice of care, on the patterns and trends in individual charitable giving, on philanthropy by the wealthy, and on the
forthcoming $41 trillion wealth transfer.
CWP has published research on the patterns, meanings, and
motives of charitable giving; on survey methodology; on the formal
and informal care in daily life; and on financial transfers to family and
philanthropy by the wealthy. Other areas of research include the “new
physics of philanthropy,” which identifies the economic and socialpsychological vectors inclining wealth holders toward philanthropy.
Other initiatives include (1) educating fundraising and financial
professionals in the use of a discernment methodology based on
Ignatian principles for guiding wealth holders through a self-reflective
process of decision making about their finances and philanthropy; (2)
analyzing what key religious and philosophical thinkers understand
and teach about wealth and charity; (3) estimating wealth transfer
projections for states and metropolitan regions; and (4) analyzing the
patterns of relative philanthropic generosity among cities, states, and
regions in the U.S. Additionally, the Center had conducted the study
titled “The Joys and Dilemmas of Wealth,” which surveyed people
worth $25 million or more and delved into the deeper meanings,
opportunities, and hindrances facing wealth holders. The Center,
known for its 2009 wealth transfer estimate of $41 trillion, has recently
produced a completely revised Wealth Transfer model, indicating an
even greater projection for wealth transfer than the 2009 study. Based
on the new model, the Center has produced a wealth transfer reports
for North Dakota and Rhode Island, and is now working on estimates
for various Florida metro areas and counties as well as the Boston
Metro Area.
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Over the past 20 years, CWP has received generous support from
the T. B. Murphy Foundation Charitable Trust, the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the
Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Boston Foundation, the John Templeton
Foundation, the Wieler Family Foundation, Eaton Vance Investment
Counsel, and Silver Bridge financial advisement. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cwp.
Center for Work & Family
The Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) is a
global leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that
support and develop healthy and productive employees. The Center,
part of the Carroll School of Management, links the academic community to leaders in the working world dedicated to promoting workforce
effectiveness. With nearly 100 leading employers as our corporate partners, BCCWF has the potential to affect the lives and work environments of four million employees. As work-life issues continue to become
more prominent in discussion, BCCWF is frequently called upon as an
expert contributor to explore the myriad of challenges facing workplaces,
families, and society.
The Center’s values are:
• Bridging Research and Practice: We seek to advance the depth
and quality of knowledge in the work-life field and serve as a
bridge between academic research and organizational practice.
• Transforming Organizations: We believe any work-life initiative
is also an organizational change initiative. We help identify and
develop organizational models to meet the needs of a contemporary workforce and provide expertise to assist in implementing
these changes successfully.
• Strengthening Society: We believe employers who recognize and
manage the interdependence of work, family, and community
build stronger organizations and a more vibrant society.
The Center’s initiatives fall into three broad categories: workplace
partnerships, research, and education.
• Workplace Partnerships: The Center is home to three highly
successful employer partnerships: the Work and Family
Roundtable, established in 1990, the New England Work and
Family Association (NEWFA), established in 1992, and the
Global Workforce Roundtable, established in 2006.
• Research: The Center focuses attention on applied studies that
contribute knowledge building, meet standards of rigorous
research, and are meaningful and practical to practitioners.
The Center’s research focuses on how organizational leadership,
culture, and human resource practices increase work force productivity and commitment while also improving the quality of
employees’ lives. Recent topics of focus include career management, workplace flexibility, fatherhood, and Millennials in the
workplace.
• Education: Consistent with the mission of Boston College,
the Center is committed to academic excellence. Several courses
are offered within the Boston College community as well as
customized educational programs that can be presented within
organizations. The publications produced by the Center are
available as educational resources, including an Executive
Briefing Series, which addresses strategic issues relevant to the
current business climate.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cwf or follow @BCCWF.
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Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
The Institute is a center that unites the teaching and research
efforts of the faculty members in the Philosophy and Theology departments who specialize in Christian, Jewish, and Arabic medieval philosophy and theology. Doctoral degrees are awarded in the Philosophy
or Theology departments, and students matriculate in one of these two
departments. The focus of the Institute is on the relationship between
medieval philosophy and theology and modern continental philosophy
and theology.
To foster this dialogue and encourage the scholarly retrieval of the
great medieval intellectual world, the Institute offers graduate student
fellowships and assistantships through the Philosophy and Theology
Departments; sponsors speakers programs; runs a faculty-student seminar to investigate new areas of medieval philosophical and theological
research; and has set up a research center to assist in the publication
of monographs and articles in the diverse areas of medieval philosophy
and theology to encourage the translations of medieval sources, and
to stimulate editions of philosophical and theological texts. For more
information, visit www.bc.edu/schools/cas/theology/graduate/special/
med-phil.html.
Institute for Scientific Research
Formed in 1954, The Institute for Scientific Research (ISR) is the
largest sponsored research center at Boston College. It embodies the
University’s motto “Ever to Excel.” It has been and continues to be at
the forefront of world-class innovative research.
Our highly skilled team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians,
and research associates uses its expertise for theoretical and experimental studies that include space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial
research, space weather, and seismic studies.
Our current projects include heavenly explorations, such as
observing the celestial sky to interpret the changes in infrared emissions
in space, and earthbound pursuits, such as defining the effects of solar
storms on space-based communication and navigation systems.
Our researchers are fully dedicated to their work and have
achieved numerous awards and high acclaim from our sponsors, who
include the following:
• Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
• Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
• Office of Naval Research (ONR)
• National Science Foundation (NSF)
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• Other sponsors and partners from industry and academia
As an organized research institute at Boston College, ISR supports the research mission of Boston College to conduct national and
international significant research that advances insight and understanding, enriches culture, and addresses pressing social needs. Through our
research and workshops, ISR also fosters the intellectual development
of young scientists from around the world. For more information on
our programs, visit www.bc.edu/isr.
The ISPRC solicits, designs, and disseminates effective interventions with a proactive, pragmatic focus. Each year the Institute addresses
a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic scholarly
focus through its Diversity Challenge conference. An annual Summer
Workshop focuses on teaching applied skills to mental health professionals, educators, and students in related fields. For more information, visit
www.bc.edu/isprc.
Irish Institute
The Irish Institute is a division of the Center for Irish Programs
at Boston College. The mission of the Institute is to promote the peace
and normalization process on the island of Ireland and to contribute
to social, political, and economic stability through cross-border and
cross-community cooperation. Professional development programming
by the Institute introduces Irish and Northern Irish participants to
successful models of best practices in the U.S., as well as offering an
opportunity for cultural exchange that promotes mutual understanding
among the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Since its founding in 1997, more than 1,000 decision-makers
from all sectors, including government, business, education, environment, policing, media, and nonprofits, have participated in over 100
Irish Institute programs. Programs balance classroom seminars led
by Boston College faculty with site visits to innovative and effective
industry leaders in Massachusetts and across the United States. The
Irish Institute is regarded as an honest broker by all parties on the island
of Ireland, and its reputation for delivering quality programming in an
inclusive environment attracts leaders from all communities and from
across the political spectrum.
The Irish Institute’s 2012–2013 programming will address,
among other issues, the relationship between the arts and business,
cost-cutting policy making, disabilities and equal access, the marine
economy, political leadership, social enterprise and unemployment,
executive leadership, and global management strategy.
The Institute receives annual funding from Boston College, the
U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of
Cultural and Educational Affairs, as well as through external business
partnerships. For more information, visit our website at www.bc.edu/
irishinstitute or contact Director, Dr. Robert Mauro at 617-552-4503.
Jesuit Institute
Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and
Culture (ISPRC)
The Jesuit Institute was established in 1988 to contribute towards
the response to the question of identity. The Institute, initially funded
by the Jesuit Community at Boston College, is not an additional or
separate academic program. Rather, it is a research institute that works
in cooperation with existing schools, programs, and faculty primarily
but not exclusively at Boston College. Within an atmosphere of complete academic freedom essential to a university, the Institute engages
positively in the intellectual exchange that constitutes the University.
Its overarching purpose is to foster research and collaborate interchange
upon those issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture.
Through its programs, the Institute does this in two ways: by supporting the exploration of those religious and ethical questions raised by
this intersection, and by supporting the presence of scholars committed
to these questions. Visit www.bc.edu/centers/jesinst.
The ISPRC was founded in 2000, under the direction of Dr.
Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts
associated with race or culture in theory and research, mental health
practice, education, business, and society at large.
Lonergan Center
Studies related to the work of the Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan, S.J., (1904–1984) are fostered and advanced
in the Lonergan Center at Boston College. Inaugurated in 1986,
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the Center houses a growing collection of Lonergan’s published and
unpublished writings as well as secondary materials and reference
works. Boston College sponsors the annual Lonergan Workshop each
June, providing resources, lectures, and workshops for the study of the
thought of Bernard Lonergan, S.J. Scholarships and fellowships offered
by the Lonergan Institute enable scholars from around the world to
utilize the resources of the Center. For more information, visit www.
bc.edu/lonergan.
TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School
of Education, is a global research enterprise that conducts assessments
of student educational achievement in countries all around the world.
Drs. Ina V.S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin, Executive Directors,
provide the overall international direction of TIMSS (Trends in
International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress
in International Reading Literacy Study). In 2011, nearly 90 countries
and 900,000 students participated in TIMSS and PIRLS.
TIMSS assesses mathematics and science at 4th and 8th grades,
as well as advanced mathematics and physics at 12th grade (TIMSS
Advanced). PIRLS assesses reading comprehension at the fourth grade
and has a less difficult version for developing countries (prePIRLS).
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is funded by
the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational
Achievement (IEA), headquartered in The Netherlands. For more
information, visit timss.bc.edu or pirls.bc.edu.
Weston Observatory of the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences
The Weston Observatory of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
formerly Weston College (1928–1949), is the seismology research
division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at
Boston College. It is a premier research institute and exceptional science education center. The Observatory’s Boston College Educational
Seismology Project uses seismology as a medium for inviting students
into the world of science research by inquiry-based learning through
investigations of earthquakes recorded by seismographs located in dozens of K–12 classrooms. The Weston Observatory provides free guided
or self-guided tours of its facilities to numerous private-, public-, charter-, and home-schooled students and teachers, community groups,
and the general public. The Weston Observatory also hosts monthly
evening science colloquiums for the public, and welcomes a limited
number of local high school interns and BC students working on a
variety of geophysical research projects to help the senior scientists for a
unique educational opportunity. The Weston Observatory serves as the
seismology information and data resource center to the Massachusetts
Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the media, first responders, the general public, and other stakeholders.
Weston Observatory was one of the first participating facilities
in the Worldwide Standardized Seismograph Network and currently
monitors earthquake activity in the northeast U.S., as well as distant
earthquakes. The facilities at Weston Observatory offer students a
unique opportunity to work on exciting projects with modern scientific research equipment in a number of different areas of seismology
research. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/westonobservatory.
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Athletics Department
In keeping with its tradition as a Catholic and Jesuit university,
rooted in a belief that seeks God in all things, especially in human
activity, the Boston College Athletics Department offers a broad-based
program of intercollegiate athletics, as well as intramural, recreation,
and club sport opportunities. Through these activities, the Athletics
Department provides an educational experience that promotes the
development of the whole person intellectually, physically, socially,
and spiritually. Through its offerings, the Athletics Department plays
an integral part in the personal formation and development of students,
preparing them for citizenship, service, and leadership.
The University’s pursuit of a just society is fostered through
the Athletics Department’s commitment to the highest standards of
integrity, ethics, and honesty. The Athletics Department promotes the
principles of sportsmanship, fair play, and fiscal responsibility in compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA policies.
The Athletics Department supports and promotes the University’s
goal of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. In this spirit, the
Athletics Department supports equitable opportunities for all students
and staff, including minorities and women.
Career Center
The Career Center at Boston College offers an exciting program
of services and resources designed to help students build successful
careers. Through the Career Center, graduate students may obtain
advice and guidance regarding career goals, internships, and job search
techniques. Students may also network with BC alumni through
LinkedIn accounts. Professional assistance and advice on navigating a
comprehensive, educational Career Center website is available.
Graduate career services for business students are available through
the Career Strategies Office of the Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs. Law students also have their own career services
office on the Newton Campus.
Office of Campus Ministry
Boston College is built on the Roman Catholic faith tradition
and the spirituality of the Society of Jesus. Campus ministers strive to
serve the Boston College Catholic community, as well as support men
and women of other faith traditions in their desire to deepen their
relationship to God.
The Office of Campus Ministry provides regular opportunities
for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
Confirmation and other sacraments on campus. It fosters involvement in these celebrations through the liturgical arts program, music
ministry groups, and the training of lectors and Eucharistic ministers.
Reconciliation services are scheduled during Advent and Lent, while
individual confessions are available before Masses or by appointment Campus Ministry also supports Ecumenical and Multi-faith
services throughout the year, such as the Interfaith Thanksgiving
Service, the Martin Luther King Memorial Service, and the Service
of Remembrance.
The Office of Campus Ministry offers opportunities for students
and others to participate in experiences designed to promote justice
and charity. Service projects include the Appalachia Volunteer Program
(Spring and Summer), Urban Immersion, 4Boston, Loyola Volunteers,
and the Arrupe International Service/Immersion trips to Belize,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica (Winter and Summer) and
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Cuernavaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Morelos in Mexico. Campus Ministry
also connects graduating seniors with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and
other postgraduate volunteer programs.
The Office of Campus Ministry provides pastoral counseling for
anyone tested or confused by life’s twists and turns and its ups and
downs. It also offers spiritual guidance for students and others seeking
to deepen their relationship to God through the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius of Loyola. Further, Campus Ministry provides students
with prayer group experiences (CURA) and religious retreats throughout the year, like Kairos, the Busy Student Retreat, and Manresa (the
Silent Retreat)—all faithful to the Ignatian tradition.
Office of Campus Ministry is located in McElroy 233, 617-5523475. For more information visit www.bc.edu/ministry.
Association (Grad AHANA), and the Graduate International Student
Association (GISA). The GSA serves two primary purposes: providing
programming to meet graduate students’ needs, and providing advocacy within the greater Boston College community for issues of import
to graduate students. Membership in the GSA is open to any graduate
student in good standing in one of the constituent schools. The GSA
is lead by an Executive Board consisting of a President, Vice-President,
and Financial Director, and by a Senate consisting of one member each
from the constitute schools, Grad AHANA, and GISA. The GSA is
advised by the Office of Graduate Student Life. GSA offices are located
in the Murray Graduate Student Center at 292 Hammond Street,
across Beacon Street from Middle Campus. For more information,
visit www.bc.edu/gsa.
Dining Services
The Office of Graduate Student Life/John Courtney
Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center
Graduate students may open an optional Eagle-One account,
which allows them to use their BC Eagle ID to make purchases at a
variety of food and retail locations both on and off campus. Optional
accounts are convenient, pre-paid, declining balance accounts that are
ideal for graduate and law students. Want to save money? Opening an
optional Dining Bucks account saves you 10% on every purchase you
make in a dining hall or outlet such as the Bean Counter or Hillside.
Dining Bucks are also accepted in vending machines although with no
discount. These accounts, which are fully refundable if you don’t use
them, may be opened online any time of the year through the Agora
Portal.
Disability Services Office
Services for graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through
the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic support
services provided to students who provide appropriate documentation
are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time
on exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modification, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. Additionally,
parking permits are granted for temporarily disabled students. The
Assistant Dean works with each student individually to determine the
appropriate accommodations necessary for the student’s full participation in college programs and activities. For more information, contact
Assistant Dean Paulette Durrett at 617-552-3470 or visit www.bc.edu/
disability.
Services and accommodations for students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are coordinated
through the Connors Family Learning Center. The Center, located in
O’Neill Library, provides academic support services and accommodations to undergraduate and graduate students. The Center’s services are
extensive and vary depending upon the unique needs of the individual
student. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Duggan at 617-5528093 or visit www.bc.edu/connors.
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of Boston College is a
student-run organization that serves graduate students in the College of
Arts and Sciences, the Lynch School of Education, the Connell School
of Nursing, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Carroll School of
Management, and the School of Theology and Ministry. Additionally,
the GSA coordinates the functions and activities of the Graduate
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As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the mission of the
Office of Graduate Student Life is to facilitate student learning and formation in their fullest sense (integrating intellectual, ethical, religious
and spiritual, and emotional-social development) and to promote an
inclusive community of engaged learners while advancing the Jesuit
Catholic heritages and values of Boston College. To this end, the Office
of Graduate Student Life provides outreach to graduate and professional students through a variety of programs, services, and advocacy
efforts. Working together with faculty, staff, and student organizations,
the Office of Graduate Student Life provides both co-curricular and
academic support to the graduate student community.
The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is an
essential component of the Office’s mission, serving as a center of hospitality and community building. It provides a number of services and
amenities, including a computer lab (printing, network, and wireless
access), study areas, meeting space, dining and lounge areas, billiards,
ping pong, and a free DVD lending library for all current graduate
students. Spaces within the house can be reserved for events and group
meetings. The Center is located at 292 Hammond Street (just across
Beacon Street from McElroy).
For more information about programs and services provided by
the Office of Graduate Student Life, call 617-552-1855 or visit www.
bc.edu/gsc.
University Health Services
The mission of University Health Services (UHS), is to enhance
the physical and psychological well being of Boston College students by
providing multifaceted health care services in the Jesuit tradition of cura
personalis (care for the entire person). UHS provides a compassionate
safe haven for those in crisis and improves student learning outcomes
through modifying health related barriers to learning, enabling full
participation in the college experience. The Department is located in
Cushing Hall on the Main Campus and can be contacted by calling
617-552-3225.
The Outpatient Unit staff includes full-time primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and on-site specialty consultants. The
24-hour Inpatient Unit provides care for students requiring observation and frequent physician/nurse assessments. The staff also provides
urgent outpatient nursing assessments when the Outpatient Unit is
closed and can be reached at 617-552-3225.
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Accessing care from University Health Services is optional for
graduate students and is available through payment of the Health/
Infirmary fee or on a fee-for-service basis.
All students may have access to the facilities for first aid or in case
of an emergency.
The Health/Infirmary fee covers medical care provided on campus
by University Health Services and is not to be confused with medical
insurance. Massachusetts law requires that all students be covered by
an Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy so that protection may be
assured in case of hospitalization or other costly outside medical services. See Massachusetts Medical Insurance.
Additional information is available at the University Health
Services website: www.bc.edu/healthservices. For additional information regarding services or insurance, call 617-552-3225 or visit the
Primary Care Center on the first floor of Cushing Hall.
Immunization
Graduate students registering at the credit levels listed below are
required to comply with Massachusetts General Laws (the College
Immunization Law):
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Woods College of Advancing Studies—Graduate
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College of Arts and Sciences—Graduate
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Lynch School of Education—Graduate
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Law
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Carroll School of Management—Graduate
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Connell School of Nursing—Graduate
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Graduate School of Social Work
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School of Theology and Ministry
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The College Immunization Law requires proof of the following
immunizations:
• 1 Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster (received within the past 10 years)
• 2 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
• 3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine
• Meningitis immunization or submission of waiver form for all
students living in University-sponsored housing
• In addition, the Connell Graduate School of Nursing also
requires the positive blood titers showing proof of immunity for
measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella
If proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and/or rubella is
not available for students enrolled in any graduate program, a blood
Titer showing immunity will be accepted.
Failure to show proof of immunizations within 30 days from the
start of classes will result in a block on your registration, and an administrative fee of $65 will be charged to your student account.
The only exceptions permitted are conflicts with personal religious belief or documentation by a physician that immunizations
should not be given due to pre-existing medical problems.
University Counseling Services (UCS)
University Counseling Services (UCS) provides counseling, psychological, and psychiatric services to the students of Boston College.
The goal of UCS is to assist students in understanding and solving
problems that interfere with their personal development and success
as students. Services available include individual counseling and psychotherapy, psychiatric services, consultation, evaluation, and referral.
Students wishing to make an appointment should call 617-552-3310.
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Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC)
The mission of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center is to
support students who seek opportunities to serve others. We do this by
communicating volunteer needs, offering advisement and resources for
service initiatives, providing educational opportunities, and collaborating
with other University departments who engage with students in service.
The Center supports the education and formation of our students by
promoting conscientious service in the context of Catholic social teaching and contemporary Jesuit education. Services include:
• An online volunteer database available for students to find service placements in the Greater Boston area that fit their interests
and schedules
• Community partnerships in the Greater Boston area
• Annual volunteer fairs
• An English Language Learners program for BC employees who
practice their language skills with BC student tutors
• Post-graduate volunteer programming, including an annual fair,
discernment retreat, and student advisement for those considering full-time volunteer work after leaving Boston College
• Advisement for domestic service projects
• Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
• Support and training for University departments and student
groups on volunteer projects
• Annual programs including the Welles R. Crowther Red
Bandanna 5k Run, the Fair Trade Holiday Sale, Hoops for
Hope, Jemez Pueblo Service Program, Nicaragua Faculty/Staff
Immersion Trip
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/service.
Annual Notification of Rights
The Executive Director of Student Services and the Vice President
for Student Affairs are responsible for notifying students annually of
their rights under FERPA. The annual notice is to appear in the Boston
College Bulletin and in the Boston College Student Guide.
All non-directory information is considered confidential and will
not be released to outside inquiries without the express written consent
of the student.
Student Rights Under FERPA
Boston College maintains a large number of records regarding
its students in the administration of its educational programs, as well
as its housing, athletics, and extracurricular programs. The University
also maintains employment and financial records for its own use and to
comply with state and federal regulations. Boston College is committed
to protecting the privacy interests of its students and to maintaining
the confidentiality of student records in accordance with the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
These rights are as follows:
• The right to inspect and review the student’s education record
within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for
access.
Any student who wishes to inspect and review information contained in an education record maintained by any office of the
University may, with proper identification, request access to the
record from the office responsible for maintaining that record.
In general, and absent an exception under FERPA, the student is
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the circumstances require the existence of a formal request, an
oral request may be honored.
Whenever an office responsible for maintaining education
records is unable to respond at once, the student may submit to
the Office of Student Services, dean, academic department head,
or other appropriate official a written request that identifies the
record he or she wishes to inspect. The University official is to
make arrangements for access, and is to notify the student of
the time and place the record may be inspected. If the record is
not maintained by the University official to whom the request
is submitted, that official is to advise the student of the correct
official to whom the request is to be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education
record if the student believes that information contained in his
or her record is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of his or
her rights of privacy.
Any student who believes that information contained in his or
her education record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of
his or her rights of privacy is to write to the University official
responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the
record he or she wants changed, and specifying why the record
should be amended.
If the University concludes that the record should not be amended as requested, the University will notify the student, advise the
student of his or her right to a hearing and provide information
about the hearing process.
The right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable
information contained in the student’s education record, except
to the extent permitted under FERPA. One exception that
permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to University
officials with legitimate educational interests, which may include
employees in administrative, supervisory, academic or research,
or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); members of the Board of Trustees; and
students serving on an official committees, such as a disciplinary
or grievance committees, or assisting another University officials
in performing their tasks. University officials may also be contractors, consultants, volunteers or other outside parties to whom
the University has outsourced institutional services or functions
that would ordinarily be performed by University employees.
The University may disclose education records without consent
to officials of other educational institutions that have requested
the records and in which a student seeks or intends to enroll
or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes
related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education concerning alleged failures by the University to
comply with the requirements of FERPA. Written complaints
may be directed to the Family Policy Compliance Office,
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C., 20202-4605.
Confidentiality of Student Records
Certain personally identifiable information from a student’s education record, designated by Boston College as directory information,
may be released without the student’s prior consent. This information
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includes name; term, home, local, and electronic mail addresses; telephone listing; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study;
enrollment status; grade level; participation in officially recognized
activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams;
dates of attendance; school/college of enrollment; anticipated date of
graduation; degrees and awards received; the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended; and other similar information.
Electronic access to selected directory information is available
to both the Boston College community and the general public. A
student who so wishes has the right to prevent the release of all directory information including verification of enrollment, or to suppress
selected directory information in their Agora Portal account under
“Privacy Preferences.” This must be done by the end of the first week
of enrollment.
Disclosures to Parents of Students
When a student reaches the age of 18, or attends a postsecondary institution regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student.
Guidelines for the disclosure of information to parents are as follows:
• Parents may obtain directory information at the discretion of the
institution.
• Parents may obtain nondirectory information (e.g., grades, GPA)
at the discretion of the institution and after it is determined that
the student is legally dependent on either parent.
• Parents may also obtain nondirectory information if they have a
signed consent from the student.
Consumer Notices and Disclosures
(HEOA)
The university provides access to all the annual consumer notices
and disclosures required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act
(“HEOA”), which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, at
the following url: www.bc.edu/offices/evp/noticesanddisclosures.html.
Each linked disclosure web page explains how to request a paper copy
of that disclosure.
• Institutional and Student Information, including information
regarding the University’s academic programs, facilities, faculty,
academic improvement plans, accreditation, student rights with
respect to the privacy of student records, transfer of credit policies, resources for students with disabilities, the diversity of the
student body, voter registration, copyright and file-sharing, and
how to reach the Office of Student Services, which maintains a
wealth of resources and information for students and prospective
students;
• Financial Information, including the cost of attendance, withdrawal and refund policies, information regarding financial aid
programs (including information about eligibility requirements
and criteria, forms, policies, procedures, standards for maintaining aid, disbursements and repayment), student employment
information and exit counseling information, and how to reach
Office of Financial Aid;
• Student Outcomes, including information regarding retention rates, graduation rates, and placement and education of
graduates;
• Vaccination Policy, including the University’s policies with
respect to immunizations required under Massachusetts law;
• Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, including
statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes
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It is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with all
requirements and regulations of the financial aid programs in which
they participate. Financial aid awards may be reduced or cancelled
if the requirements of the award are not met. Students receiving any
Federal Loans are expected to accept responsibility for the promissory
note and all other agreements that they sign. Students must comply
with all Federal Work-Study dates and deadlines.
All financial aid awards are made under the assumption that the
student status (full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time) has not
changed. Any change in the student’s status must be reported, in writing, to the Office of Student Services as it can affect the financial aid
award.
A student’s enrollment in a study abroad program approved for
credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the
home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under the
Title IV, HEOA programs.
Students receiving Federal Title IV funds are subject to the following withdrawal/refund process for those funds: The University
is required to return to the federal aid programs the amount of aid
received that was in excess of the aid “earned” for the time period the
student remained enrolled. Students who remain enrolled through at
least 60% of the payment period (semester) are considered to have
earned 100% of the aid received. If the University is required to return
funds to Title IV aid programs, those funds must be returned in the
following order: Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal
Subsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal
Direct PLUS, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grants, and Federal TEACH Grants. Returning funds to
these programs could result in a balance coming due to the University
on the student’s account.
In addition, federal regulations require that schools monitor the
academic progress of each applicant for federal financial assistance and
that the school certify that the applicant is making satisfactory academic progress toward earning his/her degree.
Financial aid recipients have the right to appeal their financial aid
award. However, the student should understand that Boston College
has already awarded the best financial aid package possible based on
the information supplied. Therefore, any appeal made should be based
on new, additional information not already included in the student’s
original application material. An appeal should be made by letter to the
student’s Financial Aid Associate.
When applying for financial aid, the student has the right to ask
the following:
• what the cost of attending is, and what the policies are on
refunds to students who drop out.
• what financial assistance is available, including information on
all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid
programs.
• what the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
• what criteria the institution uses to select financial aid recipients.
• how the institution determines financial need. This process
includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel,
books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc.,
are considered in the student’s budget. It also includes what
resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, student assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of need.
• how much of the student’s financial need, as determined by the
institution, has been met. Students also have the right to request
an explanation of each type of aid, and the amount of each, in
their financial aid award package.
• students receiving loans have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of
time given to repay the loan, when repayment must start, and
any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply. Students
offered a Work-Study job have the right to know what kind of
job it is, what hours are expected, what the duties will be, what
the rate of pay will be, and how and when they will be paid.
A student also has the responsibility to:
• pay special attention to his or her application for student
financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to
the right place. Errors can delay the receipt of the financial
aid package.
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that occurred on campus and on public property immediately
adjacent to and accessible from the campus and fires that
occurred in on-campus housing facilities, and descriptions of the
campus safety programs and policies, including information
regarding safety notification and emergency response procedures,
missing student notification procedures, campus law enforcement, sexual assault programs, and fire safety programs;
Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Program, including Boston
College’s standards of conduct and legal sanctions with respect
to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs
and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, including sanctions
with respect to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of
illegal drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, some of
the health risks and consequences of substance abuse, Boston
College’s continuing obligation to provide a drug-free workplace
under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the obligation
of all individual federal contract and grant recipients to certify
that grant activity will be drug-free; and
Athletic Program Information, describing how to request a
report about the University’s athletic programs that includes
participation rates, financial support, and other information on
men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs from the
Office of the Financial Vice President and Treasurer.
Financial Aid
Boston College offers a variety of assistance programs to help students finance their education. The Office of Student Services administers federal Title IV financial aid programs that include Federal Pell
Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Teach
Grants, Federal Direct Loans (Stafford and PLUS), Federal Perkins
Loans, and Federal Work-Study, as well as Nursing Loans.
Financial aid application materials generally become available
on the Student Services website (www.bc.edu/finaid) each January for
the following academic year. Students wishing to be considered for
assistance from federal, state, or institutional sources must complete
all required forms.
For more complete information on financial aid at Boston
College, visit the Student Services website at www.bc.edu/finaid.
Graduate and professional students should consult their school or
department for specific policies regarding financial aid.
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provide all additional information requested by either the Office
of Student Services or the agency to which the application was
submitted.
read and understand all forms he or she is asked to sign, and
keep copies of them.
perform in a satisfactory manner, as determined by the employer, the work that is agreed upon in accepting a Federal WorkStudy job.
know and comply with the deadlines for applications or reapplications for financial aid.
know and comply with the College’s refund procedures.
notify the Office of Student Services and the lender of a loan
(e.g., Federal Direct Loan (Stafford)) of any change in name,
address, or school status.
complete the Entrance Interview process if he or she is a new
loan borrower.
complete the Exit Interview process prior to withdrawal or
graduation.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is
dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage.
Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its
goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for
the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College
commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people
and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable
to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex,
religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation,
military status, or other legally protected status.
Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment,
wrongful discrimination and disrespect. It has developed procedures to
respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance.
Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful
rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit,
Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply
with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational programs on the basis of a person’s race,
color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental
status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status,
and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of
a person’s sexual orientation.
To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director
for Institutional Diversity to coordinate its efforts to comply with and
carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance
with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504
and the ADA. Any applicant for admission or employment, and all
students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise
any questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for
Institutional Diversity:
Boston College Office for Institutional Diversity (OID)
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-2323
Email: [email protected]
The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees
the efforts of the following additional Title IX coordinators: (i)
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Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment
complaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable
at 617-552-3482 or ([email protected]); (ii) University Harassment
Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii)
Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women’s Administrator,
310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-5524801 or ([email protected]).
In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful
discrimination has occurred at Boston College may raise this issue
with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States
Department of Education.
Off-Campus Housing
The University operates an Off-Campus Housing office located
in Maloney Hall for the convenience of those seeking referrals for
off-campus housing. The office maintains updated listings of apartments and rooms available for rent in areas surrounding the campus.
Interested students should visit the office Monday through Friday, 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Listings are available on the Residential Life website.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for the Graduate Schools of Management, Arts
and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and School of Theology
and Ministry are billed on or about July 15 and August 15 for the fall
and December 15 for the spring. Payment is due by September 15 and
January 11, respectively. All students should be registered by August 15
for the fall and December 15 for the spring.
The tuition in the Law School is due semi-annually by August 10
and by December 10.
There is a $150 late payment fee for payments received after the
due dates listed above. In severe cases, students whose accounts are not
resolved by the due dates may be withdrawn from the University.
Tuition in the Woods College of Advancing Studies is due upon
registration. All billing statements are sent electronically. Visit www.
bc.edu/mybill for more information.
Graduate Tuition
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,292
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................646
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,166
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................583
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,372
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................686
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,120
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................560
Graduate School of Social Work**
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................992
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................496
Law School**
Tuition per semester:....................................................21,585
Tuition per credit hour (AY):..........................................1,881
Tuition per credit hour (Summer):.................................1,660
School of Theology and Ministry**
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................882
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................441
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Summer tuition per credit hour:........................................694
Summer auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:........................347
Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................686
Summer Session**
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................686
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................343
**Students cross-registering in graduate programs pay tuition rates
of the school in which they are enrolled.
***Audits are considered fees and are not refundable. Students
changing from credit to audit receive no refund.
Graduate General Fees*
Acceptance Deposit
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:...............275
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:...............400
Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs—part-time:.........................................200
Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs—full-time:.......................................1,500
Law School—J.D. Program***:..........................................500
Law School—LL.M. Program:...........................................500
Graduate School of Social Work........................................200
***Initial deposit due by April 15 with an additional $500 due
by June 1.
Activity Fee—Per Semester***
(GSAS; LSOE, Graduate Programs; CSON, Graduate Programs;
GSSW; STM)
7 credits or more per semester:.............................................45
Fewer than 7 credits per semester:........................................30
Activity Fee—Per Semester***
(CSOM, Graduate Programs)
7 credits or more per semester:.............................................55
Fewer than 7 credits per semester:........................................30
Activity Fee (Law School).........................................................136
Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:.................................70
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:.................65
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs:.........100
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:.................50
Graduate School of Social Work:.........................................40
Law School:.........................................................................75
School of Theology and Ministry:........................................70
Doctoral Comprehensive/Continuation Fee (Ph.D. Candidate) and
Master’s Thesis Direction (Per Semester)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:............................1,242
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:............1,122
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs:......1,320
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:............1,092
Graduate School of Social Work:.......................................972
Interim Study:............................................................................30
Laboratory Fee (Per Semester):...................................... up to 930
Late Payment Fee:....................................................................150
Massachusetts Medical Insurance (Per Year):........................2,108
(966 fall semester; 1,142 spring semester)
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Doctoral Dissertation:........................................................125
Master’s Thesis:....................................................................90
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Copyright Fee (Optional):...................................................45
Student Identification Card:......................................................30
(mandatory for all new students)
*All fees are proposed and subject to change.
***Students who are in off-campus satellite programs in the
School of Social Work are exempt from the activity fee.
Collection Cost and Fees: The student is responsible for any collection costs should his or her account be turned over to a collection
agency as well as any court costs or fees should the account be turned
over to an attorney.
The Trustees of Boston College reserve the right to change the
tuition rates and to make additional charges within the University
whenever such action is deemed necessary.
Massachusetts Medical Insurance
In accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ law
and the policies of Boston College, all students who are registered in
a degree program and all international students will automatically be
charged by Boston College for medical insurance.
Non-degree students who are registered at least 75 percent of the
full-time credit load (see chart below) will also be charged unless waiver
information is submitted. Failure to maintain these credit levels will
result in the termination of the medical insurance. It is the student’s
responsibility to monitor their eligibility status.
• Graduate Woods College of Advancing Studies—7 or more
• Graduate Arts and Sciences—7 or more
• Graduate Education—7 or more
• Graduate Management—7 or more
• Graduate Nursing—7 or more
• Graduate Social Work—7 or more
• Law School—12 or more
• School of Theology and Ministry—7 or more
Boston College will offer all students who are required to enroll in
the BC insurance plan the option of participating in the plan offered
at the University or submitting a waiver if they have other comparable
insurance. The details of the University’s insurance plan are available
at www.bc.edu/medinsurance.
Students may waive the BC insurance plan by completing the
electronic waiver form through their Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu.
Students under the age of 18 are required to submit a written waiver
form with the signature of their parent/guardian. This form is available
for download at www.bc.edu/ssforms. The waiver must be completed
and submitted by September 14, 2012, for the fall semester and by
January 25, 2013, for spring semester. Students who do not complete
a waiver by the due dates will be enrolled and billed for the BC plan.
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First three checks returned: $25 per check
All additional checks: $40 per check
Any check in excess of $2,000: $65 per check
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Tuition is cancelled subject to the following conditions:
Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the dean of the
student’s school.
The date of receipt of written notice of withdrawal by the
Dean’s Office determines the amount of tuition cancelled.
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The cancellation schedule that follows will apply to students withdrawing voluntarily, as well as to students who are dismissed from the
University for academic or disciplinary reasons.
overpayment that must be repaid to the Title IV program. University
policy developed to comply with the regulations at Boston College will
be available upon request from the Office of Student Services.
Graduate Refund Schedule (Excluding Law)
National Student Clearinghouse
Graduate students (except Law students) withdrawing by the following dates will receive the tuition refund indicated below.
First Semester
• by Sept. 12, 2012: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 14, 2012: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 21, 2012: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 28, 2012: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Oct. 5, 2012: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Second Semester
• by Jan. 23, 2013: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Jan. 25, 2013: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 1, 2013: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 8, 2013: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 15, 2013: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
No cancellations are made after the fifth week of classes.
Boston College is a member of the National Student Clearinghouse.
The National Student Clearinghouse is responsible for the processing
of Student Loan Deferment forms for Direct Subsidized and Direct
Unsubsidized, PLUS, and Perkins loans.
Student deferment forms will be sent to the Clearinghouse by the
Office of Student Services. Students wishing to defer their loans should
request a deferment form from their lender, fill out the student portion,
list the semester for which they are deferring, and then turn it into the
Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall.
Boston College has also authorized the National Student
Clearinghouse to provide degree and enrollment verifications.
Contact the Clearinghouse at 703-742-4200 with questions.
They are on the web at www.studentclearinghouse.org.
Law Refund Schedule
Law students are subject to the refund schedule outlined below.
First Semester
• by Aug. 24, 2012: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 7, 2012: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 14, 2012: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 21, 2012: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 28, 2012: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Second Semester
• by Jan. 4, 2013: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Jan. 18, 2013: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Jan. 25, 2013: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 1, 2013: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 8, 2013: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Summer Sessions Refund Schedule: All Schools
By the second day of class, 100% of tuition charged is cancelled.
No cancellation of tuition is made after the second day of class.
Federal Regulations Governing Refunds
If a student does not wish to leave any resulting credit balance on
his or her account for subsequent use, he or she should request a refund
through his/her Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. If a student has
a credit balance as a result of Federal Aid and he or she does not request
a refund, the University will, within two weeks, send the credit balance
to his/her local address.
Federal regulations establish procedural guidelines applicable to
the treatment of refunds whenever the student has been the recipient
of financial assistance through any program authorized under Title IV
of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These guidelines pertain to the
Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal College Work-Study,
and the Federal Stafford and PLUS Loan. In such cases, the regulations require that a portion of any refund be returned according to
federal guidelines. Further, if a student withdraws, the institution must
determine if any cash disbursement of Title IV funds, made directly to
the student by the institution for non-instructional purposes, is an
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Boston College Graduate Degree Programs
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biology: M.S.T., Ph.D.
Chemistry:* M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D.
Classics: M.A.
Economics: M.A., Ph.D.
English: M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D.
French: M.A., M.A.T.
Geology: M.S., M.S.T.
Geophysics: M.S., M.S.T.
Greek: M.A.
Hispanic Studies: M.A.
History: M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Irish Literature and Culture: English, M.A.
Italian: M.A., M.A.T.
Latin: M.A.
Latin and Classical Humanities: M.A.T.
Linguistics: M.A., M.A.T.
Mathematics: M.A., M.S.T., Ph.D.
Philosophy: M.A., Ph.D.
Physics:* M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D.
Political Science: M.A., Ph.D.
Psychology: M.A., Ph.D.
Russian: M.A., M.A.T.
Slavic Studies: M.A., M.A.T.
Sociology: M.A., Ph.D.
Spanish: M.A.T.
Theology: Ph.D.
*Ph.D. programs in accordance with departmental policy may
grant Master’s degrees.
Fifth Year Programs—Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Linguistics: B.A./M.A.
Philosophy: B.A./M.A.
Psychology: B.A./M.A.
Psychology/Social Work: B.A./M.S.W.
(B.A. Psychology majors only)
Russian: B.A./M.A.
Slavic Studies: B.A./M.A.
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Sociology: B.A./M.A.
Sociology/Social Work: B.A./M.S.W.
Theology: B.A./M.A.
Theology/Pastoral Ministry: B.A./M.A.
Theology/Religious Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Dual Degree Programs—Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biology/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
French/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Geology/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
Geophysics/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
Hispanic Studies/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Italian/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Linguistics/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Mathematics/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Philosophy: M.A./J.D., Ph.D./J.D.
Political Science/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Russian/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures: M.A./J.D.
Slavic Studies/Management: M.B.A./M.A.
Sociology/Management: M.A./M.B.A., Ph.D./M.B.A.
School of Theology and Ministry
Theology and Ministry: M.Div., M.A., M.T.S., Th.M.
Sacred Theology: S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D.
Religious Education: M.Ed., C.A.E.S.
Theology and Education: Ph.D.
Fifth Year Programs—School of Theology and Ministry
Theology: B.A./M.T.S.
Theology and Ministry: B.A./M.A.
Dual Degree Programs—School of Theology and Ministry
Pastoral Ministry/Counseling Psychology: M.A./M.A.
Pastoral Ministry/Nursing: M.A./M.S.
Pastoral Ministry/Social Work: M.A./M.S.W.
Pastoral Ministry/Business Administration: M.A./M.B.A.
Joint Degree Programs—School of Theology and Ministry
Catholic Educational Leadership:
M.Ed. in Religious Education, Catholic School Leadership
concentration (with LSOE)
M.A. in Higher Education, Catholic University Leadership
concentration (with LSOE)
M.Ed. Educational Administration and Catholic School
Leadership (with LSOE)
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: M.A.,
Ph.D.
Educational Leadership: M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Ed.D.
Counseling Psychology: M.A., Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction: M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Ph.D.
Early Childhood Education: M.Ed.
Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation: M.Ed.,
Ph.D.
Elementary Education: M.Ed.
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Higher Education: M.A., Ph.D.
Professional Licensure in English, History, Earth Science
Biology, Mathematics, Elementary Education, and Reading:
M.A.T., M.S.T.
Reading/Literacy Teaching: M.Ed., C.A.E.S.
Secondary Education: M.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.T.
Special Education (Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K-9 and
Grades 5-12): M.Ed., C.A.E.S.
Special Education (Students with Severe Special Needs): M.Ed.,
C.A.E.S.
Fifth Year Programs—Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: B.A./M.A.
Curriculum and Instruction: B.A./M.Ed.
Early Childhood Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation: B.A./M.Ed.
Elementary Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Higher Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Moderate Special Needs: B.A./M.Ed.
Secondary Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Severe Special Needs: B.A./M.Ed.
Dual Degree Programs—Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs
Counseling/Pastoral Ministry: M.A./M.A.
Curriculum and Instruction/Law: M.Ed./J.D.
Higher Education/Law: M.A./J.D.
Higher Education/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Early Admit Programs—Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs
Mental Health Counseling: B.A./M.A.
School Counseling: B.A./M.A.
Law School
Law: J.D.
Law: LL.M.
Dual Degree Programs—Law School
Law/Education: J.D./M.Ed., J.D./M.A.
Law/Management: J.D./M.B.A.
Law/Philosophy: J.D./M.A., J.D./Ph.D.
Law/Social Work: J.D./M.S.W.
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs
Accounting: M.S.
Business Administration: M.B.A.
Finance: M.S., Ph.D.
Management and Organization: Ph.D.
Dual Degree Programs—Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs
Accounting: M.B.A./M.S.
Finance: M.B.A./M.S.
Management/French: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Geology and Geophysics: M.B.A./M.S.
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Management/Higher Education: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Hispanic Studies: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Italian: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Law: M.B.A./J.D.
Management/Linguistics: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Mathematics: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Nursing: M.B.A./M.S.
Management/Pastoral Ministry: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Political Science: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Russian: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Slavic Studies: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Social Work: M.B.A./M.S.W.
Management/Sociology: M.B.A./M.A./Ph.D.
Management/Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning:
M.B.A/M.A.U.E.P.P. (in conjunction with Tufts University)
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs
Nursing: B.S./M.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Dual Degree Programs—Connell School of Nursing,
Graduate Programs
Nursing/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
Nursing/Pastoral Ministry: M.S./M.A.
Graduate School of Social Work
Social Work: M.S.W., Ph.D., M.S.W./Ph.D.
Fifth Year Programs—Graduate School of Social Work
Social Work/Applied Psychology and Human Development:
B.A./M.S.W.
Social Work/Psychology: B.A./M.S.W.
Social Work/Sociology: B.A./M.S.W.
Dual Degree Programs—Graduate School of Social Work
Social Work/Law: M.S.W./J.D.
Social Work/Management: M.S.W./M.B.A.
Social Work/Pastoral Ministry: M.S.W./M.A.
Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies
Administrative Studies: M.S.
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Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity
Policy and Procedures
The pursuit of knowledge can proceed only when scholars take
responsibility and receive credit for their work. Recognition of individual contributions to knowledge and of the intellectual property of others
builds trust within the University and encourages the sharing of ideas
that is essential to scholarship. Similarly, the educational process requires
that individuals present their own ideas and insights for evaluation,
critique, and eventual reformulation. Presentation of others’ work as
one’s own is not only intellectual dishonesty, but it also undermines
the educational process.
Standards
Academic integrity is violated by any dishonest act which is
committed in an academic context including, but not restricted to the
following:
Cheating is the fraudulent or dishonest presentation of work.
Cheating includes but is not limited to:
• the use or attempted use of unauthorized aids in examinations or
other academic exercises submitted for evaluation;
• fabrication, falsification, or misrepresenta­­tion of data, results,
sources for papers or reports, or in clinical practice, as in reporting experiments, measurements, statistical analyses, tests, or
other studies never performed; manipulating or altering data or
other manifestations of research to achieve a desired result; selective reporting, including the deliberate suppression of conflicting
or unwanted data;
• falsification of papers, official records, or reports;
• copying from another student’s work;
• actions that destroy or alter the work of another student;
• unauthorized cooperation in completing assignments or during
an examination;
• the use of purchased essays or term papers, or of purchased
preparatory research for such papers;
• submission of the same written work in more than one course
without prior written approval from the instructors involved;
• dishonesty in requests for make-up exams, for extensions of
deadlines for submitting papers, and in any other matter relating
to a course.
Plagiarism is the act of taking the words, ideas, data, illustrations,
or statements of another person or source, and presenting them as one’s
own. Each student is responsible for learning and using proper methods
of paraphrasing and footnoting, quotation, and other forms of citation,
to ensure that the original author, speaker, illustrator, or source of the
material used is clearly acknowledged.
Other breaches of academic integrity include:
• the misrepresentation of one’s own or another’s identity for
academic purposes;
• the misrepresentation of material facts or circumstances in
relation to examinations, papers, or other evaluative activities;
• the sale of papers, essays, or research for fraudulent use;
• the alteration or falsification of official University records;
• the unauthorized use of University academic facilities or
equipment, including computer accounts and files;
• the unauthorized recording, sale, purchase, or use of academic
lectures, academic computer software, or other instructional
materials;
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t he expropriation or abuse of ideas and preliminary data
obtained during the process of editorial or peer review of work
submitted to journals, or in proposals for funding by agency
panels or by internal University committees;
• the expropriation and/or inappropriate dissemination of personally-identifying human subject data;
• the unauthorized removal, mutilation, or deliberate concealment
of materials in University libraries, media, or academic resource
centers.
Collusion is defined as assistance or an attempt to assist another
student in an act of academic dishonesty. Collusion is distinct from
collaborative learning, which may be a valuable component of students’
scholarly development. Acceptable levels of collaboration vary in different courses, and students are expected to consult with their instructor
if they are uncertain whether their cooperative activities are acceptable.
Promoting Academic Integrity: Roles of Community
Members
Student Roles in Maintaining Academic Integrity
Graduate and professional students have a responsibility to maintain high standards of academic integrity in their own work, and
thereby to maintain the integrity of their degree. It is their responsibility
to be familiar with, and understand, the University policy on academic
integrity.
Students who become aware of a violation of academic integrity
by a fellow student should respond in one of the following ways:
• Students may discuss their concerns with the student whom they
suspect of a violation. Direct contact by another student may be
the best means of resolving the problem. Repeated demonstration of student concern for academic integrity will in the long
run build a peer-regulated community.
• If the incident is a major violation or part of a repeated pattern
of violations, students should bring their concerns to the
attention of the instructor or to the appropriate department
chairperson or associate dean. Suspected violations by students
reported to members of the faculty or to an associate dean will
be handled according to the procedures set forth below.
Students who have serious concern that a faculty member is not
living up to his or her responsibility to safeguard and promote academic
integrity should speak with the faculty member directly, or should
bring their concern to the attention of the department chairperson or
associate dean.
Faculty Roles in Fostering Academic Integrity
Faculty members should provide students with a positive environment for learning and intellectual growth and, by their words and
actions, promote conditions that foster academic integrity.
Faculty should be concerned about the impact of their behavior on
students. Students are sensitive to messages communicated in informal
discussions and in casual faculty remarks about personal decisions and
value judgments. Students are perhaps most sensitive to how responsibly
faculty members fulfill their obligations to them in the careful preparation of classes, in the serious evaluation of student achievement, and in
their genuine interest in and availability to students.
Faculty should promote academic integrity in the following specific
ways:
• At the beginning of each course, instructors should discuss academic integrity in order to promote an ongoing dialogue about
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academic integrity and to set the tone and establish guidelines
for academic integrity within the context of the course, e.g., the
extent to which collaborative work is appropriate.
• Instructors should discuss why, when, and how students must
cite sources in their written work.
• Instructors should provide students with a written syllabus or
other documents prepared for the academic experience that
states course requirements and, when available, examination
dates and times.
• Instructors are encouraged to prepare new examinations and
assignments where appropriate each semester in order to ensure
that no student obtains an unfair advantage over his or her classmates by reviewing exams or assignments from prior semesters.
If previous examinations are available to some students, faculty
members should insure that all students in the course have similar access. Course examinations should be designed to minimize
the possibility of cheating, and course paper assignments should
be designed to minimize the possibility of plagiarism.
• Proctors should be present at all examinations, including the
final examination, and should provide students with an environment that encourages honesty and prevents dishonesty.
• Faculty should be careful to respect students’ intellectual property and the confidentiality of student academic information.
• Assignment of grades, which is the sole responsibility of the
instructor, should be awarded in a manner fair to all students.
Academic Deans
The academic deans have overall responsibility for academic
integrity within their schools which includes the following:
• promoting an environment where academic integrity is a priority
for both students and faculty,
• ensuring that students who are honest are not placed at an unfair
disadvantage, and
• establishing procedures to adjudicate charges of academic
dishonesty and to protect the rights of all parties.
Procedures
Graduate and professional students should refer to the Lynch
School Grievance Policy for the process that is used in adjudicating
alleged violations of academic integrity (http://www.bc.edu/content/
bc/schools/lsoe/resources/policies/grievance.html). Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation
involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of
decision may be made to the Lynch School Dean whose decision will
be final.
Academic Regulations
University-wide academic regulations that pertain to all graduate
and professional students are presented below. Students are expected to
become familiar with the regulations that are specific to their school.
To learn about the Lynch School academic regulations, please
refer to the following sites:
Master’s Policies: www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
academics/Graduate/masters_policies.html
Ph.D. Policies: www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
academics/Graduate/phd_policies.html
Academic Regulations are effective from September of the current
academic year (2012–2013) except where a different date is explicitly
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stated. If there have been changes in the Academic Regulations since
a readmitted student was last enrolled, the Academic Regulations in
effect at the time of the student’s readmission will apply unless the dean
or designee decide differently.
Academic Grievances
Any graduate or professional student who believes he or she has
been treated unfairly in academic matters should consult with the
faculty member and/or the Associate Dean of Students to discuss the
situation and to obtain information about relevant grievance policies
and procedures. Please refer to the Lynch School Grievance Policy
for specific policies and procedures: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/
schools/lsoe/resources/policies/grievance.html.
Academic Record
A record of each graduate or professional student’s academic work
is prepared and maintained permanently by the Office of Student
Services. Student academic records are sealed at the time the degree is
conferred. After this date changes may not be made, with the exception
of errors or omissions.
Attendance
Graduate and professional students are expected to meet course
requirements in classes, internships, and practica as specified in the
syllabus or document prepared explicitly for the academic experience.
A student who is absent repeatedly from these academic experiences
will be evaluated by the responsible faculty member and/or designated
supervisor(s) to ascertain the student’s ability to continue in the course
and to achieve course objectives.
Professors may include, as part of the semester’s grades, marks for
the quality and quantity of the student’s participation in the course.
Professors will announce, reasonably well in advance, tests, examinations and other forms of assessment based on the material covered in
the course, as well as other assigned material. A student who is absent
from a course is responsible for obtaining knowledge of what happened
in the course, especially information about announced tests, papers, or
other assignments.
A student who is absent from a course on the day of a previously
announced examination, including the final examination, is not entitled, as a matter of right, to make up what was missed. The professor
involved is free to decide whether a makeup will be allowed.
In cases of prolonged absence the student or his or her representative should communicate with the student’s graduate associate dean as
soon as the prospect of extended absence becomes clear. The academic
arrangements for the student’s return to the course should be made
with the Graduate Associate Dean’s Office as soon as the student’s
health and other circumstances permit.
Absences for Religious Reasons
Any graduate or professional student who is unable, because of
his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes, internships, or practica,
or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on
a particular day shall be excused from any such examination, or study
or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to
makeup such examination, study or work requirement that may have
been missed because of such absence on any particular day. However,
students should notify professors and supervisors at the end of the first
course meeting or at least two weeks in advance of any such planned
observances, and such makeup examination or work shall not create an
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unreasonable burden upon the University. No fees will be charged and
no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who is absent
for religious reasons.
Audits
Lynch School of Education students must consult the Office of
Graduate Admission, Financial Aid and Student Services before they
can audit a course. An audited course cannot count toward the degree
requirements. After the drop/add period, graduate students who wish
to change a course from credit to audit or audit to credit must go to
the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid and Student Services.
Comprehensive Examination or Qualifying Papers:
Doctoral Students
Registration for the Comprehensive Examination
Students not taking another Boston College course for credit in
the semester in which they will be taking the comprehensive exam
must also register for ED/PY 998 Doctoral Comprehensives for that
semester. Students who are registered for a Boston College course for
credit in the semester in which they are taking the exam still must
complete this form but need not register for ED/PY 998 Doctoral
Comprehensives. Specific requirements for the exam are set by the
program faculty, and students should make inquiries regarding format,
length, and scheduling of the exam to the appropriate program faculty.
Grades assigned to Comprehensive examinations are: Pass with
Distinction (PWD), Pass (P), and Fail (F). A student who fails
the Ph.D. Comprehensive examination may take it once again, no
sooner than the following semester, and at a time designated by the
Department. Students should confirm with their Department Chair
about the timing of a second administration of the Comprehensive
Examination. In the case of a second failure, no further attempt is
allowed.
Following oral and/or written components of the exam, the Chair
of the comprehensive committee submits an official ballot, graded and
signed by each member, to the Department Chair. Students are then
officially notified of the results by the Department Office. Once the
student has passed the comprehensive exams, the Department Office
will send a letter officially recognizing his or her admission to candidacy.
Comprehensive Examination: Master’s Students
Registration for the Comprehensive Examination
Students who have completed most of their coursework or are in
the final semester of coursework should sit for the master’s comprehensive examination. All students must have completed any “Incompletes”
and have filed an approved copy of their Program of Study before registering for the comprehensive exam. Specific requirements for the exam
are set by the program faculty, and students should make inquiries
regarding format, length, and scheduling of the exam to the appropriate program faculty. Registration for comprehensive examinations will
take place directly with the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial
Aid and Student Services. Questions on the nature and the exact date
of examinations should be directed to the department office.
The following grading scale is used: Pass with Distinction (PWD),
Pass (P), and Fail (F). A candidate who fails the Master’s Comprehensive
Examination may take it only one more time. Students must register for
ED/PY 888 in order to take the Master’s Comprehensive Examination,
but no credit is granted for the Comprehensive Examination and the
student’s account is not charged.
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Continuation: Doctoral Candidacy
Graduate and professional students who have completed all
required coursework and who have successfully completed the comprehensive examination or the oral defense of a publishable paper are
admitted to doctoral candidacy. Doctoral candidates are required to
register and pay for Doctoral Continuation (999) during each semester
of their candidacy or its equivalent.
Cross Registration
Boston Theological Institute
The Boston Theological Institute (BTI), a consortium of theology faculty primarily in the Boston-Newton-Cambridge area, has as its
constituent members the following institutions.
• Andover Newton School of Theology
• Boston College’s Department of Theology
• Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry
• Boston University School of Theology
• Episcopal Divinity School
• Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
• Harvard Divinity School
• Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary
• St. John’s Seminary
Lynch School graduate students should contact BTI to determine their eligibility for cross-registration.
The Consortium
Boston College is part of a consortium that includes Boston
University, Brandeis University, and Tufts University.
Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctoral)
Graduate students in the Lynch School may cross register for one
elective course each semester at Boston University, Brandeis University,
Hebrew College, Pine Manor College, or Tufts University if a similar
course is not available at Boston College. Students should contact
their Program Directors to review the department’s special rules and
regulations.
Cross registration materials are available in Lyons Hall.
NB: Courses taken within the Boston-area Consortium during
fall or spring semester are not considered transfer courses, since students register for these courses through Boston College. However, all
summer courses taken outside of Boston College (including summer
courses taken within the Consortium) are considered transfer credits
and count towards the limit of 6 transfer credits per degree. Students
must complete a Graduate Transfer Request Form in order to receive
transfer credit.
Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (GCWS) at MIT
(formerly housed at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at
Harvard University) is an inter-institutional enterprise established to
advance the field of women’s studies and enlarge the scope of graduate
education through new models of team teaching and interdisciplinary
study.
Eligible graduate and professional students enrolled in degree
programs during the academic year may apply to participate in the
Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, an inter-institutional enterprise established to advance the field of women’s studies and enlarge
the scope of graduate education through new models of team teaching and interdisciplinary study. Faculty and students are drawn from
nine member schools: Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis
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University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern, Simmons, Tufts,
and UMass Boston. The Consortium offers graduate courses for credit
that are open to all students at participating institutions.
Eligible students need to obtain permission from their Department
Chair or Associate Dean. Registration forms will be mailed from the
Consortium to accepted students.
Master’s and Doctoral Students
Fall/spring only; not available in summer
Graduate students enrolled in degree programs at Boston College
may with the permission of their department apply to MIT to participate in this program. Course registration forms will be mailed to
accepted students.
Please consult the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
website for courses and procedures for registering and credit. Students
should also complete the cross registration form available in Lyons Hall
in order to receive course credit from Boston College. Courses taken
within the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies during fall or
spring semester are not considered transfer courses, since students register for these courses through Boston College.
NB: All summer courses taken outside of Boston College (including summer courses taken within the Consortium) are considered
transfer credits and count towards the limit of 6 transfer credits per
degree. Students must complete a Graduate Transfer Request Form in
order to receive transfer credit.
Enrollment Status
Full-Time Enrollment Status
Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctoral)
In the Lynch School of Education, all students enrolled in 9 or
more credits per semester (6 or more credits in summer) are considered full-time. Students completing degree requirements in their final
semester may be given exceptions to the school minimum credit standard for full-time status by their academic dean. During the academic
year, all students are considered half-time with six credits. However,
Graduate students registered for less than a full-time course load may
be considered full-time if they are Graduate Assistants for academic
departments, Teaching Fellows, or Research Assistants. Graduate
students are also considered full-time if they are enrolled in a fulltime Student Teaching Practicum or Internship. Graduate students
registered for Interim Study or Dissertation Direction are considered
full-time. Graduate students in the Lynch School of Education are fulltime if they are enrolled in of the following courses: ED 420, ED 610,
ED 620, ED 622, ED 623, ED 652, ED 830, ED 885, ED 888,
ED 936, ED 941, ED 950, ED 951, ED 975, ED 977, ED 988,
ED 998, ED 999, PY 643, PY 644, PY 646, PY 649, PY 650, PY 746,
PY 846, PY 849, PY 885, PY 888, PY 941, PY 988, PY 998, PY 999.
The credit amounts listed above are used to determine a student’s
enrollment status for loan deferments, immunizations, medical insurance requirements, and verifications requested by other organizations.
Final Examinations
For graduate level courses that have final examinations, professors
may use the University’s final examination schedule, which is public
and set before classes begin, or they may set the day and time of their
final examination in the syllabus or document prepared explicitly for
the academic experience. All students are responsible for knowing
when their final examinations will take place and for taking examinations at the scheduled time. Students who miss a final examination are
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not entitled, as a matter of right, to a makeup examination except for
serious illness and/or family emergency. Students who are not able to
take a final examination during its scheduled time should contact the
Associate Dean of Students preferably prior to the examination date, to
inform him/her of their situation and to make alternative arrangements
if granted permission to do so.
Foreign Language Requirement
The Lynch School has no foreign language requirement for graduate
students.
Grading
In each graduate course, in which a graduate or professional student is registered for graduate credit, the student will receive one of the
following grades at the end of the semester: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F, W,
J, U, P, or I. The high passing grade of A is awarded for superior work.
The passing grade of B is awarded for work that clearly is satisfactory
at the graduate level. The low passing grade of C is awarded for work
that is minimally acceptable at the graduate level. The failing grade of
F is awarded for work that is unsatisfactory.
A pass/fail option is available for a limited number of courses. A
U grade is recorded for ungraded courses such as doctoral continuation.
Grading Scale
In computing averages, the following numerical equivalents are
used. The entire grading scale is not used by all schools.
• A 4.00
• A- 3.67
• B+ 3.33
• B 3.00
• B- 2.67
• C+ 2.33
• C 2.00
• C- 1.67
• D+ 1.33
• D 1.00
• D- .67
• F .00
• P No effect on GPA
• U No effect on GPA
Note: Lynch School Graduate students must earn a C or better
to pass a course.
Grade Changes
Grade changes will be made only for exceptional reasons. The
grades submitted by faculty at the end of each semester are considered
final unless the faculty member has granted the student an Incomplete.
Incompletes may be granted to provide a student time to finish his or
her course work after the date set for the course examination or in the
course syllabus. Incompletes should only be granted for serious reasons,
e.g., illness, and only when the student has been able to complete most
of the course work but is missing a specific assignment, e.g., a final
paper, an examination, etc. Incompletes are not to be granted to allow
the student to complete a major portion of the course work after the
end of the semester.
All I grades will automatically be changed to F on March 1 for the
fall, August 1 for the spring, and October 1 for the summer.
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Pass/Fail Electives
This option is not available to Lynch School graduate students.
Only courses that have been designated as Pass/Fail in the Catalog can
be taken as such.
Good Standing
Grades, satisfactory performance in internships and practica, and
timely completion of degree requirements determine a student’s good
standing in his or her program. Students should be informed in a timely
manner if their good standing is in jeopardy and the conditions needed
to maintain or establish good standing. For details of the Academic Good
Standing Policy in the Lynch School see websites:
Masters’ Policies: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
academics/Graduate/masters_policies.html
Ph.D. Policies: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
academics/Graduate/phd_policies.html
Graduation
The University awards degrees in May, August, and December
of each year except to students in the Law School where degrees are
conferred in May and December. Commencement ceremonies are
held only in May. Students who have completed all requirements for
the degree before a specific graduation date are eligible to receive the
degree as of the university’s next official graduation date. A diploma
will not be dated before all work is completed. Students who graduate
in December or August may participate in commencement exercises
the following May.
In order to ensure timely clearance, all students who plan to
graduate should confirm their diploma names online through their
Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu by the following dates:
• Last day of drop/add in January for May graduation
• May 1 for August graduation
• Last day of drop/add in September for December graduation
Leave of Absence
Voluntary Leave of Absence
Graduate students who do not register for course work, Thesis or
Dissertation Direction, or Interim Study in any given semester must
request a leave of absence for that semester. Leaves of absence are not
usually granted for more than two semesters at a time, and are rarely
granted for students on Doctoral Continuation. Students may apply
for a personal or medical leave of absence. As described below, appropriate documentation is required for a medical leave of absence.
Students may obtain a personal or medical leave of absence form
at the following website: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
resources/Welcome/student_forms.html
Students should submit the completed form to the Lynch School
Associate Dean’s office for approval.
Leave time for either a personal or medical leave of absence will
normally be considered a portion of the total time limit for the degree
unless the contrary is decided upon initially between the student and
the Associate Dean.
Medical Leave of Absence
If a student is unable to complete the coursework or other course
of study for a semester due to medical reasons, the student may request
a medical leave of absence. Medical leave, whether requested for mental
health or physical health reasons, must be supported by appropriate documentation from a licensed care provider. The student must
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submit this documentation to Counseling Services or Health Services
as applicable, who will review it in confidence and make a recommendation to the student’s Associate Dean, who then approves the leave.
The University reserves the right to impose conditions on readmission
from a medical leave, which may include the submission of documentation from the student’s health care provider, the student’s consent for
the provider to discuss the student’s condition with University clinicians, and/or an independent evaluation of the student’s condition by
University clinicians. At the time of requesting a medical leave, please
consult the Lynch School Associate Dean of Students with regard to
school policy concerning funding upon return.
Students on Boston College’s medical insurance policy may be
eligible to continue their health insurance the semester in which they
take a medical leave of absence and the following semester. Please consult with the Lynch School Office of Graduate Student Services to learn
more about this policy, or visit www.bc.edu/medinsurance. Students
granted a medical leave because of a severe medical situation may be
entitled to a semester’s tuition credit to be provided upon readmission.
Involuntary Leave of Absence
Students may be separated from the University for academic reasons or for reasons of health, safety, or when a student’s continuance
at Boston College poses significant risk to the student or others. For
additional information, visit www.bc.edu/publications/studentguide/
judicial.html.
Readmission from Leave
Students seeking to return from leave are encouraged to contact
the Associate Dean of Students as soon as possible prior to seeking
readmission, but in no event later than eight (8) weeks prior to the
desired admission date. Students seeking to return to a practicum,
clinical, or field education placement must contact the Associate Dean
expressing the intent to seek readmission at least a full semester before
the desired return.
Lynch School graduate students can request readmission by
submitting the Request for Readmission Form: http://www.bc.edu/
content/bc/schools/lsoe/resources/Welcome/student_forms.html.
In instances where a sustained period of time has elapsed since a
student was last enrolled, the Lynch School Policy on Readmission of
Graduate Student applies:
Doctoral and Master’s students who were discontinued due to
time-to-degree limits, or otherwise fail to maintain continuous matriculation and allow their matriculation to lapse may apply for reinstatement if they wish to re-enroll. Readmission to the Lynch School, and
to candidacy, requires the submission of the Lynch School Readmission
Request Form. The Request Form is approved by the Associate Dean
of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the appropriate Department
Chair. If absence from the program is beyond the eight-year (Doctoral)
or five-year (Master’s) time limit allowed by the University for completing the graduate degree, the student will be required to demonstrate
currency in the field by taking a qualifying examination and/or additional course work, at the discretion of the graduate program. Approval
of Requests for Readmission is extremely rare, and by exception.
In all readmission cases, the decision to re-admit a student will be
based on a consideration of the best interests of both the student and
the University.
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Policies and Procedures
Summer Courses
In graduate programs, summer courses may be an integral part
of the curriculum. Graduate and professional students should consult
with their academic departments for specific options for summer
courses.
Time-to-Degree
Master’s Students
All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed
within five consecutive years from the commencement of master’s
studies. Master’s studies commence with the first term in which a
student is officially registered for a course at Boston College following
admission to the program. Leave time is considered a portion of the
total time limit for the degree unless an exception has been approved
by the Program Director/Coordinator, the Department Chair, and the
Associate Dean of Students at the time the form is submitted.
Doctoral Students
All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within eight consecutive years from the commencement of doctoral studies.
Doctoral studies commence with the first term in which the student
is officially registered for a course at Boston College following admission to the doctoral program. Leave time is considered a portion of the
total time limit for the degree unless an exception has been approved
by the Program Director/Coordinator, the Department Chair, and the
Associate Dean of Students at the time the form is submitted.
Transcripts
All current graduate and professional students submit requests
for academic transcripts through their Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu.
Requests for academic transcripts may also be submitted in writing to
the following address: Transcript Requests, Office of Student Services,
Lyons Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or faxed to
617-552-4975.
Requests are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours of receipt.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/transcripts.
N.B.: Courses taken within the Boston-area Consortium during
fall or spring semester are not considered transfer courses, since the student registers for these through Boston College. However, all summer
courses taken outside of Boston College (including summer courses
taken within the Consortium) are considered transfer credits and count
towards the 6 credit limit for transfer credits
A Transfer Request Form should be completed and signed by the
student’s academic advisor and then sent to the Office of Graduate
Admission, Financial Aid and Student Services.
Doctoral Students
Students who wish to have credits transferred from another university to their doctoral program at the Lynch School must comply
with the following regulations:
• completion of at least six credits at Boston College in a
doctoral program
• maximum of six graduate credits transferred from other
accredited colleges or universities
• courses used to satisfy the requirements for another degree
cannot be transferred into a doctoral program
• a grade of “B” or better at the graduate level
• course(s) being transferred must have been completed within
the past 10 years
• official transcript must be sent directly to the office of the
department in which they are completing their degree program
A Transfer of Credit form should be completed and signed by
the student’s academic advisor and then sent to the Office of Graduate
Admission, Financial Aid and Student Services.
University Communication Policies and Student
Responsibilities
Students who wish to have credits transferred from another university to their master’s program at the Lynch School must comply
with the following regulations:
• All graduate students may request transfer of not more than six
graduate credits
• Only courses in which a student has received a grade of B or
better, and which have not been applied to a prior degree, will
be accepted
• If approved, the transfer course and credit, but not the grade,
will be recorded on the student’s academic record
• Credit received for courses completed more than ten years prior
to a student’s admission to his or her current degree program are
not acceptable for transfer.
Official communications of the University with its currently
enrolled graduate and professional students, including notices of academic and administrative matters and communications from faculty
and administrative staff, may be sent via postal service, campus mail, or
email. To assure that these communications arrive in a timely manner,
all enrolled students have the following responsibilities:
Postal service and Campus mail: For purposes of written communication, the student’s local and permanent addresses on record at
the Office of Student Services will be regarded as the student’s official
local and permanent residences. All students have a responsibility to
provide both local and permanent mailing addresses and to enter corrections through their Agora Portal if the addresses are not accurate
in University records. Students should review their address record for
accuracy at the beginning of each semester and again soon after submitting any corrections.
Email: The University recognizes and uses electronic mail as an
appropriate medium for official communication. The University provides all enrolled students with email accounts as well as access to email
services from computer stations at various locations on campus. All
students are expected to access their email accounts regularly, to check
for official University communications, and to respond as necessary to
such communications.
Students may forward their email messages from their University
email accounts to non-university email systems. In such cases, students
shall be solely responsible for all consequences arising from such forwarding arrangements, including any failure by the non-university system to
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The University will not issue diplomas or release transcripts for
any graduate or professional student with an outstanding financial
obligation to the University, which includes failure to complete a mandatory loan exit interview.
Transfer of Credit
Master’s Students
Policies and Procedures
deliver or retain official University communications. Students should
send test messages to and from their University email account on a
regular basis, to confirm that their email service is functioning reliably.
All student responses to official email communications from the
University must contain the student’s University email address in the
“From:” and “Reply To:” lines and should originate from the student’s
University email account, to assure that the response can be recognized
as a message from a member of the University community.
Withdrawal from a Course
Graduate and professional students who withdraw from a course
after the drop/add period will have a “W” recorded in the grade column of their academic record. To withdraw from a course all students
must obtain a Lynch School Course Withdrawal from the website
(http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/resources/Welcome/student_forms.html) and submit the form (with appropriate signatures)
to the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid and Student
Services. Students will not be permitted to withdraw from courses
after the published deadline except in unusual circumstances. Students
still registered after the close of the drop/add period will receive a final
grade for the semester.
Withdrawal from Boston College
Graduate and professional students who wish to withdraw from
Boston College in good standing are required to file a Withdrawal
Form in the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid and Student
Services. In the case of students who are dismissed for academic or
disciplinary reasons, the Associate Dean will process the withdrawal.
Lynch School Awards and Honors
Doctoral Students
Dissertation Fellowship: This academic year-long Fellowship
is intended to support the students’ completion of their dissertation.
Priority will be given to those nominees who, in the opinion of the
Faculty Awards Committee, will have a high probability of completing the dissertation during the academic year of the award. Any
faculty member may submit a nomination of Chair of the Nominees’
Dissertation Committee. The application materials, with the exception of the official transcript, must be electronically submitted to the
Associate Dean of Students. The official copy of nominee’s academic
transcript should be submitted to the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope. The transcript will be scanned and included with the other application materials. The deadline for submission is April 8 (if this falls on
a weekend, the deadline is 4 p.m. the following Monday). There are
two Dissertation Awards per academic year. Additional information on
the application process for the Dissertation Fellowship can be found
here: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/resources/Welcome/
student_forms/Dissertation_guidelines/Fellowships.html.
Summer Dissertation Development Grants: The Summer
Dissertation Development Grant provides financial support for doctoral students who are working on their dissertations over the summer
months. Students may nominate themselves or they may be nominated
by faculty. Additional information on the application process for the
Summer Dissertation Development Grants can be found here: http://
www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/resources/Welcome/student_
forms/Dissertation_guidelines/Development_Grants.htm.
The application materials, with the exception of the official
transcript, must be electronically submitted to the Associate Dean of
Students. The official copy of nominee’s academic transcript should be
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submitted to the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope. The transcript
will be scanned and included with the other application materials.
The deadline for submission is April 8 (if this falls on a weekend, the
deadline is 4 p.m. the following Monday). There are up to 6 Summer
Dissertation Development Grants.
The Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards: Each year
the University makes awards for Teaching Excellence to underscore and reinforce the importance of teaching excellence at Boston
College. There are two types of awards: Teaching Fellow Awards and
Laboratory/Teaching Assistant Awards. Each academic year the Lynch
School of Education receives a number of awards and Department
Chairs publicize these awards among eligible students and faculty.
Faculty nominate students, including a letter of support explicating why they think the student’s teaching warrants this recognition.
The Chairs of the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and
Counseling and Developmental Psychology seek nominations from the
Assistant Director of Practicum Experiences and the Assistant Director
of Counseling Practicum Experiences, respectively, as students supervising practica are eligible for these Teaching Assistant awards. These
recommendations are forwarded to the Associate Dean of Students by
a date in March determined by the Dean of the Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences.
Diversity Fellowship: Boston College has resources that support
two fellowships that are offered to especially promising Ph.D. students
from groups that are underrepresented in their professions of choice.
These fellowships are renewable for three to five years assuming continued academic excellence, and carry full tuition scholarships and
stipends of approximately $18,500. Completion of the Lynch School
application for one of our Ph.D. programs enables faculty to consider
a student for this fellowship. Thus, there is no formal application.
Rather, students must be nominated by their program coordinator
or department chair at the time of admission. Department Chairs
will receive requests to nominate students for these awards from the
Associate Dean of Students. Departmental nominations and letters of
support from faculty should be forwarded electronically to the Office
of the Associate Dean of Students by the deadline specified in early
March. The Faculty Awards Committee reviews all nominations and
forwards the names of Awardees to the Associate Dean. Students who
receive the Diversity Fellowship are expected to be engaged in full-time
study, and may not hold additional employment or additional fellowships during the academic years in which they hold the fellowship.
Master’s Students
Awards at Graduation: Each spring, the Associate Dean of
Students will solicit faculty for the names of graduate students who
have excelled in academic and outreach activities during their tenure as
students in the Lynch School. These awards will be presented during
the Lynch School Awards and Robing Ceremony that takes place during commencement weekend.
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Education
Lynch School of Education
The Lynch School offers graduate programs in education, psychology, and human development.
The mission of the Lynch School is to improve the human condition through education. It pursues this goal through excellence and
ethics in teaching, research, and service. It prepares graduate students to
serve diverse populations in a variety of professional roles—as teachers,
administrators, human service providers, psychologists, and researchers.
Through research, the Lynch School seeks to advance knowledge
in its respective fields, inform policy, and improve practice. Its teachers, scholars, and learners engage in collaborative school and community improvement efforts locally, nationally, and internationally.
What unites the diverse work conducted within the Lynch School of
Education is the underlying aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more
just.
The Lynch School is named in honor of Carolyn A. and Peter
S. Lynch. Carolyn Lynch is a fervent supporter of education, as is her
husband, Peter Lynch, a University graduate and one of the country’s
best-known financial investors.
Graduate Programs
The faculty of the Lynch School of Education is committed to
research and professional preparation based on reflective practice and
the scientist-practitioner model. The curriculum is directed toward
promoting social justice for children, families, and communities, particularly in urban settings, and toward developing students’ research
skills and attitudes.
Admission
Information about admission is available on the Lynch School
website at www.bc.edu/lynchschool. You may also write to the
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services,
Lynch School, Campion Hall 135, Boston College, Chestnut Hill,
Massachusetts 02467-3813, telephone 617-552-4214, or e-mail [email protected]
bc.edu.
The Lynch School admits students without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status,
national origin, veteran status, or disability. The School welcomes the
presence of multiple and diverse cultural perspectives in its scholarly
community.
Students must be formally admitted to the Lynch School
Graduate Programs by a committee composed of faculty and administrators. Students may apply to degree programs or may apply to study
as a Non-Degree Student. Consult the Lynch School admissions website for complete information.
Official notification of admission is made by a written announcement from the Lynch School. Students should not presume admission
until they receive this announcement. Admitted students are required
to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 by the date stipulated
in the admission letter. The deposit is applied to tuition costs for the
first semester of study.
start. Non-degree applications are considered for summer, fall, and
spring start dates. Call the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial
Aid, and Student Services at 617-552-4214 or email [email protected] for
more information.
Deferral of Admission
Admission may be deferred for up to one year for those accepted
to master’s degree programs. Deferral of admission to doctoral programs is at the discretion of the admitting faculty. Requests to defer
admission must be submitted in writing to the Director of Graduate
Admissions in the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and
Student Services and must be confirmed by the Lynch School.
The number of acceptances to graduate programs each year is
dependent upon the number of deferred students who will be matriculating in a given year. For this reason, the Lynch School requires that
students who wish to defer for a semester or a year indicate this at the
point of acceptance and return the response form with a deposit of
$250.00. This will hold a space in the following year’s class and will be
credited toward the first semester of study.
Because of the volume of applications received each year by the
Lynch School, there can be no assurances of deferred admission and the
above procedure must be followed.
Admission for International Students
International Students (non-U.S. citizens who are not permanent
U.S. residents) may find information about admission and an online
application on the Lynch School website at www.bc.edu/lynchschool.
Prospective students may also write to the Office for Graduate
Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services, Lynch School,
Campion Hall 135, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
02467-3813, telephone 617-552-4214, or e-mail [email protected] All
international student applicants for whom English is not a first language, or who do not hold a degree from an English-speaking university, must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
examination and request that their score be forwarded to the Lynch
School of Education by the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org).
The Lynch School of Education TOEFL code is 3240. Ordinarily, the
Lynch School expects a minimum score of 550 on the written examination or 213 on the computer-based test, and 79 on the internet-based
TOEFL. Information on exemptions from the TOEFL as well as additional testing information are contained in the graduate application
materials available on the Lynch School website. Information about
these examinations also may be obtained from the Educational Testing
Service, Princeton, NJ.
Non-Degree Status
All admission deadlines are posted on the Lynch School website
at www.bc.edu/lynchschool. In some cases, Master’s program applications are considered beyond the deadline. While official deadlines are
posted for summer/fall start, some programs may consider a spring
Students not seeking a degree, but interested in pursuing course
work at the graduate level, may apply for admission as a Non-Degree
Student. While there is no guarantee of later admission to a degree
program, many individuals choose Non-Degree Status either to explore
the seriousness of their interest in studying for an advanced degree
and/or to strengthen their credentials for possible later application for
degree status. Others are interested in taking graduate course work for
personal enrichment or professional development. Included among
those taking courses are school counselors, teachers, administrators,
and psychologists who are taking classes as a means of fulfilling professional development requirements or continuing education units.
A formal Non-Degree Student application is available online on
the Lynch School admissions web page and is required for enrollment
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in courses. A Non-Degree Student application is comprised of the
online application form, application fee, and original copies of either
the undergraduate or graduate transcript with the degree posted. This
is to assure the faculty that students in graduate classes hold the baccalaureate degree. The transcript should be sent to the Lynch School
of Education, Boston College, Data Processing Center, P.O. Box 226,
Randolph, MA 02368-9998, prior to registration for classes. The transcript must be received by the first week of classes.
Although there is no limit on the number of courses Non-Degree
Students may take, no more than four courses (12 semester hours), if
appropriate, may be applied toward a degree program in the Lynch
School. Courses taken as a Non-Degree Student may be applied to a
degree program only after official acceptance into a degree program and
with the consent of the student’s advisor.
Certain restrictions apply to courses available to Non-Degree
Students. Due to space limitations, all courses may not be available to
Non-Degree Students. Practicum course work associated with teacher
licensure or counseling psychology licensure is reserved for matriculated degree students in these programs. Students who wish to become
certified or licensed must gain admittance to a graduate degree program
in the desired area. Other courses are restricted each semester to maintain class size. Individuals considering Non-Degree Student status may
seek career and course advice from the Office of Graduate Admission,
Financial Aid, and Student Services. Additionally, non-degree students
are not eligible for University sponsored sources of financial aid or any
financial aid that requires matriculation in a degree program.
Financial Aid
For a full description of University financial aid loan programs,
refer to the University Policies and Procedures and the Lynch School
website (www.bc.edu/lynchschool) and select Admissions. Financial
aid opportunities occur in several forms, including grants, scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, loans, and work-study. Some of these
resources can be obtained directly from Boston College. Others may
be obtained through outside sources such as local civic organizations,
religious organizations, educational foundations, banks, and Federal
low-interest loan programs.
Please note that the University’s Financial Aid Office administers only Federal loan programs, which include Direct Stafford loans,
Perkins loans, and work-study. If you are applying for any of these loan
programs through Boston College, consult the University Policies and
Procedures.
While most universities primarily fund doctoral students, there
is a substantial amount of aid available to master’s students at Boston
College in the form of special program scholarships, administrative assistantships, paid internships, grant-funded opportunities, and
scholarships for students from historically underrepresented groups.
A number of the scholarships, listed below, are intended to support
students who are preparing to work with low income children, youth,
and families in urban communities.
Alumni Award
The Alumni Award, established through the generosity of Lynch
School alumni, is an assistantship comprised of a stipend and a significant tuition scholarship for a student who shows promise of leadership
in the fields of education and applied psychology. By nomination of the
faculty at the time of admission.
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Bank of America Leaders in Urban Education Fellowship
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has given the Lynch
School a generous grant to provide financial support to highly talented
graduate students who have demonstrated commitment to urban education. The scholarship is comprised of a $20,000 stipend. One-half of
the stipend is an outright grant. The remaining $10,000 is a forgivable
loan: Graduates will be required to teach in an urban school that serves
economically disadvantaged children. Loan forgiveness will be “earned”
by graduation and by teaching service rendered in an urban school for
the three years following graduation. By nomination of the faculty at the
time of admission.
Barry Fellowship
Steven M. and Tammy J. Barry established this fund to support
graduate students with financial need. The award provides tuition
remission scholarships, with a preference to students focusing on learning among multi-disabled children. This award is determined at the time
of admission.
Bradley Fellowship
The Bradley Endowed Fellowship is a tuition scholarship that
supports students in our Fifth Year Program pursuing a specialization
in moderate special needs. The award gives preference to students
seeking experience in urban schools. An updated personal statement and
resume are required from interested applicants during their senior undergraduate year. The award is determined by special committee.
Catholic Educator Award
The Lynch School Catholic Educator Award provides partial
tuition assistance to students who are currently working in Catholic
schools. The Catholic Educator Award requires an additional application.
Donovan Urban Teaching Scholarship
Up to thirty students, dedicated to urban teaching, are selected to
enter the Charles F. Donovan, S.J. Urban Teaching Scholars Program.
This one-year intensive cohort program prepares students for the challenges and issues involved in urban education. Students are supported
with a tuition scholarship covering half of the cost of their program of
study. Additional materials are required for admission to the Donovan
Program.
Dean’s Scholarship
For incoming students: Tuition remission scholarships are awarded to incoming students identified by the faculty as having exceptional
promise in their chosen fields of study and contributing to all forms of
diversity in our student body, including intellectual, economic, racial,
cultural, geographical, and gender diversity. These awards are determined at the time of admission.
For continuing students: In an effort to support Master’s students whose programs continue beyond one year, the Lynch School
has reserved a limited number of merit-based tuition scholarships for
students who qualify both academically and financially. There is an
application for these scholarships.
Dreyer Scholarship
The Herman J. Dreyer Fund provides tuition scholarship assistance to graduate students enrolled in the Lynch School. The Dreyer
Scholarship recognizes students who have displayed previous academic
excellence and who have demonstrated financial need. This award is
determined at the time of admission.
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Duvnjak Fellowship
The Barbara Benz Duvnjak and Karlo Duvnjak Fund supports
students with tuition remission scholarships who have displayed previous academic excellence and who have demonstrated financial need.
This award is determined at the time of admission.
Flaherty and Masella Fellowship
The Mary Jane Flaherty and William Masella Fellowship Fund
supports Lynch School graduate students with demonstrated financial need by providing tuition remission scholarships. This award is
presented to students from New York or New Jersey. This award is
determined at the time of admission.
Fruscione Fellowship
The Immaculate A. Fruscione Fellowship is a tuition scholarship
that supports students in the school counseling program who have a
commitment to working in urban schools upon completion of their
degree. This award is determined at the time of admission.
Hearst Fellowship
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund supports master’s
degree students in our teacher education programs. This award is determined at the time of admission.
Kaneb Fellowship
The Kaneb Catholic Leadership Fellowship Fund supports students in Catholic leadership in our master’s programs. The fellowship
offers tuition scholarships to students. This award is determined at the
time of admission.
Keough Memorial Fellowship
The William F. Keough Memorial Fellowship Fund provides
scholarship assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students
pursuing studies in international education. This award is determined
at the time of admission.
Lam Family Fellowship
In accord with the intent of the donors, William and Mary Lam,
this award is presented to a Chinese student who is committed to
enhancing the educational experiences of poor rural students in China.
It is comprised of a stipend and a tuition scholarship. By nomination of
faculty at the time of admission.
Martin Memorial Fellowship
The Christine Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund supports a
Lynch School undergraduate student continuing in one of our graduate
programs. The award is a tuition scholarship. A preference is given to
students engaged in volunteer service, especially serving children with
disabilities. Determined by special committee.
Science Educators for Urban Schools (S.E.U.S.!) Scholarship
Supported by the Robert F. Noyce Scholarship Fund of the
National Science Foundation, the S.E.U.S.! Scholars Program supports
talented students interested in careers in teaching science in urban
secondary schools. The scholarship is comprised of a significant tuition
scholarship in exchange for a commitment of two years of teaching service in an urban public school upon completion of the degree program.
There are specific requirements to qualify.
Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (UCTC)
Each year, six students are admitted to UCTC, a two-year program that offers new teachers an opportunity to gain experience in
inner city Catholic schools. The program offers full tuition coverage, in
addition to a stipend and other benefits. There are a separate application
and additional requirements for UCTC. Please note that the application
deadline is also earlier than the normal deadline for teacher education
programs.
Sharp Urban Teaching Scholarship
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has given the Lynch School a
generous endowment to provide financial support to 10 highly talented
graduate students per year who are from underrepresented groups committed to teaching in urban schools. The scholarship is comprised of
a $10,000 stipend. One-half of the stipend is an outright grant and
the remaining $5,000 is a forgivable loan. One-quarter of the loan
amount will be forgiven upon completion of the master’s degree and
the remaining three-quarters is forgiven, up to the full amount, for each
year spent teaching in an urban school. By nomination of the faculty at
the time of admission.
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Students with Disabilities
It is the goal of the Lynch School to successfully prepare for the
receipt of a degree and state licensure for any qualified individual who
strives to meet these objectives regardless of disability. The University
accepts the affirmative duty to take positive steps to educate disabled
persons and to assist them in career advancement. After an evaluation
of a student’s capacity to perform the essential program functions,
the University will engage in any reasonable accommodation within
its program that would allow a qualified student with a disability to
complete the program successfully and to seek licensure so long as such
accommodation does not result in waiver of competencies required for
graduation or licensure.
Licensure and Program Accreditation
Many of the teacher education and administration programs
offered by the Lynch School have been designed to comply with current standards leading to initial and professional licensure for educators
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Through the University’s
accreditation by the Interstate Licensure Compact (ICC) a program
of study preparing for educator licensure in Massachusetts will also
provide graduates, through reciprocity, with facilitated opportunities
for licensure in most other states. Licensure is granted by the state, and
requirements for licensure are subject to change by the state. Students
seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Tests
for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Especially in the case of out-of-state
students, it is the responsibility of the student to plan a program that
will lead to licensure in a given state. Staff in the Practicum Placement
Program, Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction,
(Campion 103, 617-552-4206) can help with most teacher and
administrator licensure questions. Mental health and school counselor
licensure questions should be addressed to the Office of Graduate
Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services at 617-552-4214. The
teacher education programs at Boston College are accredited by TEAC
(Teacher Education Accreditation Council).
The Doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. The 60-credit M.A.
in Mental Health Counseling fulfills the educational requirements
for licensure as a mental health counselor in Massachusetts, and the
M.A. in School Counseling meets the educational requirements for
licensure in school counseling in Massachusetts. Students are encouraged to check the requirements for the states in which they eventually
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hope to obtain licensure. Students seeking school counseling licensure
in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator
Licensure (MTEL).
International and Special Practicum Placement
Program for Graduate Studies
The Lynch School’s International and Special Practicum
Placement Program offers graduate students in the Teacher Education
programs classroom opportunities in a variety of foreign countries and
out-of-state settings for pre- and full-practica. International settings
include classrooms in such countries as Switzerland, Ireland, England,
France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Mexico. Out-of-state student
teaching opportunities are available in Arizona, Maine, or North
Dakota Native American Reservations, and a school in Mississippi.
For information regarding programs and requirements, contact the
Director for the International/Out-of-State Practicum Placement
Program, Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction,
Campion 103, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA,
02467-3804 or 617-552-4206.
Degree Programs
Through its various graduate programs, the Lynch School offers
the M.Ed., M.A., M.A.T., M.S.T., Ph.D., and Ed.D. degrees. The
Lynch School also offers programs leading to a Certificate of Advanced
Educational Specialization (C.A.E.S.). Graduate programs serve a dual
purpose—research preparing students in research-based knowledge of
their profession with specialized competence in the evaluation of educational and psychological innovations, and in basic and applied quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and practice, preparing
students to apply knowledge in appropriate areas of specialization to
practice in both academic and nonacademic settings.
Doctoral Degree Programs
General Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. is granted for distinction attained in a special field
of concentration and demonstrated ability to modify or enlarge a significant subject in a dissertation based upon original research. Doctoral
studies are supervised by the student’s advisor, department chairperson,
and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. The Ph.D. is granted in
the Lynch School in the following areas:
• Curriculum and Instruction
• Higher Education
• Counseling Psychology
• Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology
• Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
Upon admission to a doctoral program, the doctoral student will
be assigned an academic advisor. The Doctoral Program of Studies
should be designed by students in consultation with their advisors
during the first or second semester of course work. A formal Program
of Studies must be filed with the student’s advisor and the Office for
Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services. Programs of
Study for all programs are available on the Lynch School’s website at
www.bc.edu/lynchschool.
Doctoral students in the Lynch School, in addition to course work,
complete comprehensive exams before being admitted for doctoral candidacy. Doctoral students also complete a doctoral dissertation.
Current information on policies and procedures regarding doctoral degree programs is provided online at www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/
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Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization
(C.A.E.S.)
The C.A.E.S. course of study is designed for currently practicing
educators who already have a master’s degree and seek a higher level of
specialization in Curriculum and Instruction or professional licensure
in administration. For further information on C.A.E.S. programs in
Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, contact the
Office for Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services,
Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College at 617-552-4214 or
[email protected]
Master’s Degree Programs
Candidates for the master’s degree must be graduates of an
accredited college or university. The Office of Graduate Admission,
Financial Aid and Student Services, Campion 135 provides academic
and financial aid services for master’s students throughout their studies
in the Lynch School.
Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.)
The Master of Education is awarded in the following areas:
• Early Childhood Teaching
• Elementary Teaching
• Secondary Teaching
• Special Education Teaching*
• Reading/Literacy Teaching
• Curriculum and Instruction
• Educational Leadership
• Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
*The M.Ed. program in Special Education Teaching includes the
following areas of concentration: Moderate Special Needs, Grades PreK–8 and Grades 5–12, Students with Severe Special Needs pre K–12.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Teaching
Degrees (M.A.T./M.S.T.)
M.A.T. and M.S.T. for Initial Licensure
The M.A.T./M.S.T. Initial Licensure programs are designed for
students who have graduated with a major in liberal arts or sciences and
who wish to prepare for teaching in the secondary school, for experienced teachers in secondary schools who do not yet hold a license, and
for recent college graduates already prepared to teach at the secondary
level who want to earn an additional area of expertise and/or licensure.
These degrees are coordinated with the appropriate Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences department, require admission to both the Lynch
School and to the appropriate College of Arts and Sciences program,
and require more course work in Arts and Sciences than the M.Ed.
degree in Secondary Teaching.
Students may prepare in the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, geology (earth science), mathematics, history, English,
romance languages (French and Spanish), and Latin and classical
humanities.
Programs are described under the section on programs in Teacher
Education/Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction.
M.A.T. and M.S.T. for Professional Licensure
The M.A.T./M.S.T. Professional Licensure programs are designed
for teachers who hold initial teaching licensure. Candidates can only
apply to the state for Professional Licensure after teaching for three
years, but may begin course work during the first year of teaching.
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The Professional License is available in the following academic disciplines: English, history, French, Spanish, earth science, biology, and
mathematics. The Professional License is also available in Elementary
Education and Reading.
Master of Arts Degree (M.A.)
The Master of Arts degree is given in the following areas:
• Early Childhood Specialist
• Higher Education
• Counseling
• Developmental and Educational Psychology
These programs are described in each departmental section.
Course Credit
A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for a master’s
degree. Specific programs may require more credits. No formal minor
is required. No more than six graduate credits with grades of B or
better, approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, will be
accepted in transfer toward fulfillment of course requirements. A transfer of credit must be formally applied for with the Associate Dean of
Graduate Studies.
Programs of Study
In the first semester of matriculation, students must complete a
Program of Studies in consultation with their academic advisor and/or
the Director of Student Services in the Office for Graduate Admission,
Financial Aid, and Student Services. Program of Studies forms are
available on the Lynch School website at www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/
academics/pos.html. These forms must be approved and filed with the
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Fifth Year/Early Admit Programs
Academically outstanding students in any undergraduate school at
Boston College may apply for a variety of graduate programs that will
enable them to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s
degree in an accelerated amount of time. Please contact the Office of
Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services for further
information about the Fifth Year/Early Admit Programs.
Research Centers
The Lynch School houses several Research Centers. For more
information refer to the About Boston College section of this catalog.
Department of Teacher Education/Special Education
and Curriculum and Instruction
The Department of Teacher Education/Special Education and
Curriculum and Instruction prepares educational leaders for instructional and administrative roles in public and private schools, in institutions of higher education, and in related organizations. The intent is
to provide a blend of scholarship, disciplined inquiry, and professional
experiences that will develop the sound understanding, practical skills,
ethical values, and social responsibilities that are required of competent
educators.
Student programs are individualized under the guidance of a faculty advisor, with special consideration given to each student’s career
goals and licensure requirements.
Areas of Concentration
Programs and courses in Teacher Education are designed to
prepare educators in the areas of elementary and secondary teaching,
early childhood education, special education, and reading. In addition, master’s and doctoral programs are available in Curriculum and
Instruction. Teacher preparation programs are designed for individuals
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interested in working in elementary and secondary schools, both public
and private, as well as early childhood and special needs programs and
facilities. The Lynch School prepares outstanding teachers in both theoretical and practical dimensions of instruction. The doctoral program
in Curriculum and Instruction prepares students for college and university teaching, research positions, and/or school leadership positions.
Master’s candidates can include the Teaching English Language
Learners (TELL) Certificate in their program of studies. This program
prepares mainstream educators to be “highly qualified” to teach English
language learners in their classrooms. Those interested in this program
should let their advisors know when planning the program of studies.
Licensure
Endorsement of candidates for initial Massachusetts teaching
licensure is a collaborative effort between the Lynch School supervisor and the cooperating teacher. The Lynch School offers graduate
programs designed to prepare students for teaching licensure at the
master’s and C.A.E.S. levels. A student seeking licensure must be
admitted as a degree candidate. Programs are approved by the Interstate
Licensure Compact (ICC), allowing students easier access to licensure
outside Massachusetts.
The following are licenses available from the state department of
Massachusetts through completion of a Lynch School program:
• Early Childhood Teacher
• Elementary Teacher
• Teacher of English, Mathematics, History, Physics, Chemistry,
Biology, Earth Science, French and Spanish, Latin, and Classical
Humanities
• Specialist Teacher of Reading
• Specialist Teacher of Students with Moderate Special Needs
(pre K–8, 5–12)
• Specialist Teacher of Students with Severe Special Needs
(pre K–12)
Note: Students who plan to seek licensure in states other than
Massachusetts should check the licensure requirements in those
states. Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
Practicum Experiences
Practicum experiences are an essential part of the curriculum in
licensure programs and should be planned with the respective faculty
advisor early in the student’s program. Practicum experiences for licensure in Teacher Education are offered at the Initial Licensure level for
Massachusetts. Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts also must
pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
All field experiences for students enrolled in Lynch School degree
programs are arranged through the Office of Practicum Experiences
and Teacher Induction (Campion 103). The Director of Practicum
Experiences and Teacher Induction must approve all students for the
practicum. Applications for all placements must be made during the
semester preceding the one in which it will occur. Application deadlines for full practica are March 15 for fall assignments and October 15
for spring assignments. Application deadlines for pre-practica are May
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The following are prerequisites for students who are applying for
practica and clinical experiences:
• GPA of B or better (3.0 or above)
• Satisfactory completion of required pre-practica or waiver from
the Director of the Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher
Induction
• Completion of 80 percent of the course work related to required
Education courses, including methods courses in the content
area and courses required for initial licensure
• Application in the Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher
Induction
A full practicum is characterized by the five professional standards
as required by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Student
teachers must demonstrate competence in these five standards during
their practicum experience: plans curriculum and instruction, delivers
effective instruction, manages classroom climate and operation, promotes equity, and meets professional responsibilities.
If, for any reason, a student is unable to complete the full
practicum, an extended practicum (additional time in the field) will be
required by arrangement of the Director of Practicum Experiences and
Teacher Induction.
Placement sites for local field experiences are in Boston and
neighboring areas. Students are responsible for providing their own
transportation to and from these schools. Transportation to schools
often requires that the student have a car. Carpooling is encouraged.
All graduates in Teacher Education are eligible for a Summer Start
program to prepare them for their first classroom experience.
schools for at least three years and has completed all coursework.
Prospective students seeking Professional Licensure in content areas
not included in this description should consult with the Department
Chairperson of Teacher Education, as new approvals are acquired on
a yearly basis.
Programs in Teacher Education/Special Education and
Curriculum and Instruction
The Lynch School of Education at Boston College offers two programs that lead to Professional Licensure in the state of Massachusetts:
the 30 Credit M.A.T./M.S.T. Program Leading to Professional
Licensure and the 12 Credit Program Leading to Professional Licensure.
The 30 Credit M.A.T./M.S.T. Program Leading to Professional
Licensure is available in Elementary Education (1–6), Reading (all
levels), Biology (8–12), and Spanish (5–12). Each program requires
five (5) approved graduate courses (15 credit hours) in the Arts and
Sciences academic discipline and five (5) approved pedagogical courses
(15 credit hours) related to the academic discipline.
The 12 Credit Program Leading to Professional Licensure is an
option available to candidates who received Initial Licensure in a master’s degree licensing program. This program is available in Elementary
Education (1–6), Reading (all levels), Biology (8–12), Earth Science
(8–12), English (8–12), French (8–12), History (8–12), Mathematics
(8–12), and Spanish (5–12). Each program requires two approved
graduate courses (6 credit hours) in the Arts and Sciences academic discipline and two approved pedagogical courses (6 credit hours) related
to the academic discipline.
Upon admission to either Professional Licensure program, the candidate meets with the Department Chairperson of Teacher Education
and a graduate advisor to design an appropriate program based on
a complete review of the candidate’s previous undergraduate and
graduate coursework and coursework approved by the Massachusetts
Department of Education. All candidates must possess an Initial License
in the area in which he/she seeks Professional Licensure. Although the
candidate may begin coursework leading toward Professional Licensure
anytime in his/her teaching career, the candidate may not apply to the
state for licensure until he/she has taught in the Massachusetts public
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Teaching
The master’s degree program in Early Childhood education
focuses on developmentally appropriate practices and critical thinking
skills. This program is appropriate for students who wish to be prepared
to teach normal and moderately disabled children in regular settings,
pre-K–2. Students can enter the program without teaching licensure.
Prerequisite for either program is a college degree with an Arts and
Sciences major or the equivalent. Students who have majored in other
areas, such as business or engineering, should consult the Director of
Graduate Admissions.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Teaching
The Elementary Teaching program is designed for students
who wish to teach in grades 1–6. The program stresses a humanistic
approach to teaching that is both developmentally appropriate and
intellectually challenging. It prepares the teacher to work with the
diverse range of children by providing the teacher with knowledge
about instructional practices, along with perspectives on children,
schools, and society.
The prerequisite for the program is a bachelor’s degree with an
Arts and Sciences or interdisciplinary major or the equivalent. The
Program of Studies for the program includes foundations and professional courses, and practicum experiences. Courses of study are
carefully planned with the faculty advisor to ensure that both degree
requirements and licensure requirements are fulfilled.
For the applicants seeking a Master’s in Elementary Education,
undergraduate transcripts will be audited for mathematics courses. It
is expected that applicants have completed a two 3-credit mathematics
course equivalent in Arts and Sciences. If applicants do not fulfill this
requirement, they will be advised to take the needed courses.
Master’s Programs (M.Ed., M.A.T., and M.S.T.) in Secondary
Teaching
Students in secondary education can pursue either a Master
of Education (M.Ed.), a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), or a
Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.). These degree programs lead
to (9–12) licensure in one of the following disciplines: English, history,
biology, chemistry, geology (earth science), physics, mathematics,
French, Spanish, and Latin and classical humanities. The prerequisite
for the program is a bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts major in the
field of desired licensure or an equivalent. Students who do not have
the prerequisite courses must take discipline area courses before being
admitted into a degree program. All prerequisite courses must be
taken before taking the practicum. Check with the Office of Graduate
Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services (617-552-4214) if you
have questions.
In addition to required courses in the field of education, secondary education master’s degrees require a number of courses taken at the
graduate level in the Arts and Sciences department of specialization.
M.Ed. students take a minimum of two graduate courses, and M.A.T./
M.S.T. students take five graduate courses in their disciplinary area.
Courses of study are carefully planned with a faculty advisor. All of the
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master’s programs leading to licensure in secondary education include
practicum experiences in addition to course work. M.A.T./M.S.T
applicants file only one application to the Lynch School. The Office of
Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services coordinates
the admissions process with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
faculty. All Lynch School admissions requests should be addressed
to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student
Services, Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill,
MA 02467-3813, 617-552-4214.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading/Literacy Teaching
The graduate reading program consists of a series of courses and
related practicum experiences designed to help classroom teachers and
resource room specialists increase knowledge and skill as teachers of
literacy. The program is designed to enable candidates with at least
one year of teaching to meet Massachusetts licensure standards for
teacher of reading. The program conforms to the guidelines of the
International Reading Association.
The Program of Studies consists of foundation courses, courses in
language and literacy, and practica experiences as a teacher of reading.
A classroom teaching certificate is required for admission into the program. Students should carefully plan programs in consultation with the
program advisor to see that degree and licensure requirements are met.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction
The master’s degree program in Curriculum and Instruction
consists of a planned program with a minimum of 30 graduate
credit hours. Four courses in Curriculum and Instruction are required.
Programs of study are planned in consultation with a faculty advisor to
meet each candidate’s career goals and needs.
This degree program does not lead to licensure, nor are students
in this program eligible to apply for supervised practicum experiences.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education: Teacher of
Students with Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K–9 and
Grades 5–12
This program prepares teachers to work with students classified
in some states as learning disabled, mildly retarded, or behaviorally
disabled. This program, however, is based on a non-categorical model
focused on educational need rather than category of disabling condition. Students gain practical experience in inclusive schools. The
ultimate goal is the preparation of teachers to function effectively in
collaboration with regular educators, parents, and other professionals
in creating successful experiences for all students. Applicants who have
completed a regular education preparation program can enter directly
into the program. Applicants with no previous regular education
preparation program must apply for both regular and special education
programs. For this reason, students become licensed in regular and
special education. Financial aid is available in the form of paid internship experiences in local school systems and in some private schools.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education: Teacher of
Students with Severe Special Needs, Pre-K–12
This program prepares students to work in schools and community environments with students with mental retardation or other
severe disabilities, preschool through older adolescence, in a variety of
educational settings and leads to a Massachusetts licensure in Severe/
Intensive Special Needs. Students may be enrolled on a full- or parttime basis. The program emphasizes urban schools, inclusive education, collaborative teaching, disability policy, and family partnerships.
For those students employed in approved Intensive Special Needs
programs, practicum requirements are individualized and may be completed within the work setting. The program of studies expands on and
builds upon a prerequisite education foundation through the development of competencies that are research and field-based and consistent
with the highest professional standards of the field.
Teaching English Language Learners (TELL/ELS) Certificate
The Lynch School of Education offers a certificate in Teaching
English Language Learners. Candidates should hold or be working
toward a licensure in an education field (early childhood, elementary,
secondary, reading, moderate special needs, and others). This program
is designed to prepare mainstream teachers to work with bilingual
learners/English Language Learners in their mainstream classroom settings. The certificate requires two courses and a free non-credit workshop taken during one of the field experiences. In addition, candidates
need to do a field experience in a classroom that includes bilingual
learners (which can be fulfilled through the pre-practicum requirement). Courses include ED 346 Teaching Bilingual Students (elementary or secondary education section), and ED 621 Bilingualism, Second
Language and Literacy Development. Also needed is ED 429 PrePracticum Experience (or equivalent) with bilingual learners, preferably
taken the same semester as ED 346 or ED 621. For more information
please contact Dr. Brisk, [email protected] or Dr. Paez, [email protected]
Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program
The Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program is open to
master’s students specifically interested in urban teaching. To qualify for the program, students must be accepted into one of the
Master of Education licensure programs in teaching listed above. All
Donovan Scholars must complete a teacher education program in Early
Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Reading, Moderate Special Needs,
or Severe Special Needs Teaching. A cohort of 30 students is selected
each year from students applying to an M.Ed. teacher licensure program and financially supported from the Donovan Scholars program,
which carries a half-tuition scholarship.
Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization (C.A.E.S.)
The C.A.E.S. course of study is designed for currently licensed
educators who already have a master’s degree and seek a higher level
of specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. For further information on the C.A.E.S. program in Curriculum and Instruction, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student
Services, Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill,
Massachusetts 02467-3813, 617-552-4214.
Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction
The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction is for people
who hold, or plan to assume, leadership positions in curriculum,
instruction, and teacher education in schools, school systems, or other
related instructional environments. It is also designed for candidates
who are preparing for a career in curriculum and instruction or teacher
education at the college, university, or staff development level.
Courses and related program experiences are designed to develop
scholarly methods of inquiry in teaching, teacher education, curriculum development and evaluation, and professional development.
There is a complementary emphasis on designing and researching
effective instruction. Students who plan to work in school settings
may pursue programs that will help them develop expertise in several
areas of instruction such as mathematics, literacy, technology, science,
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history, or combinations thereof. Students who plan to work at the
post-secondary level may pursue specialties in curriculum or teacher
preparation in a specific subject area.
The program of studies requires a research core that will familiarize students with quantitative and qualitative research methodology
and develop the candidate’s expertise for analyzing and conducting
research. Also required are advanced-level core courses in curriculum
and teaching theory, research, and practice. Programs of studies are
carefully planned on an individual basis to help candidates meet their
goals related to scholarship, professional, and career paths. Throughout
their doctoral programs, candidates work closely with faculty in
research and teaching activities related to one of four areas of specialization: critical pedagogy, diversity, and social justice; curriculum, policy,
and school reform; language, literacy, and learning; and mathematics,
science, and technology.
Department of Educational Leadership and Higher
Education
The Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education
prepares educational leaders for institutions involved in the education
of youth and adults from preschool through university and continuing
education levels. The department is committed to preparing leaders
who proactively bring foundational perspectives from sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy, as well as social justice and public
policy concerns to their analysis and articulation of educational issues.
Course work, coupled with field-based learning experiences attempt to
develop reflective practitioners who integrate theory with practice in
their professional agenda.
Programs in Educational Leadership
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration
Educators with limited or no experience as administrators and
those preparing for various administrative positions in public or private
elementary, middle, or secondary schools can participate in the master’s
program in educational leadership. Most students admitted to the master’s program have teaching experience but little or no prior graduate
study in educational leadership. To be licensed, one must have at least
three years of teaching experience.
At the conclusion of their program of studies, students sit for a
one-hour oral comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is based on their course work, related program experiences, and
their practicum experience.
Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization Degree Program
(C.A.E.S.)
The C.A.E.S. course of study is designed for currently practicing
educators who already have a master’s degree and who do not plan to
pursue a doctoral degree but seek a higher level of specialization or
professional licensure in a particular field. For further information on
the C.A.E.S. program in Educational Leadership, contact the Office of
Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services, Campion
135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3813,
617-552-4214.
Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
The Lynch School offers a three-year accelerated doctoral program for practicing school administrators—the Professional School
Administrators Program (PSAP). This program, in conjunction with
completion of the requirements for the certification as district
superintendent through the Massachusetts Association of School
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Superintendents and the Leadership Licensure Program (LLP), leads
to the Ed.D. degree. The PSAP is open to principals, superintendents,
assistant superintendents, and other central office administrators from
elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Admission to this program
is offered in alternate years and the next cohort will be admitted in
2013.
Applicants must be currently practicing in their administrative area. More information is available from the Office of Graduate
Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services, Campion 135, Lynch
School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3813, 617-5524214.
Programs in Higher Education
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education
The Master’s degree in Higher Education prepares students for
entry-level and mid-level positions in student affairs as well as in other
professional areas in colleges, universities, and policy organizations.
The M.A. program consists of 30 credit hours of required and elective
course work and field experiences. The program may be completed in
one academic year and one summer by students interested in full-time
study. Students may also elect to complete the program on a part-time
basis. In addition to a core of foundational courses in higher education,
the program offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the following concentrations:
• Student Affairs
• Higher Education Administration
• Catholic University Leadership
Faculty advisors work with students on an individual basis to
design programs of study and applied field experiences according to the
individual student’s background, interests, and goals.
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Higher Education
The doctoral program prepares students for senior administrative
and policy management posts at colleges and universities and for careers
in teaching and research. The program offers students the opportunity
to focus on one facet of higher education, including administration and
policy analysis in higher education; student development and student
affairs; international and comparative higher education; organizational
culture and change; and the academic profession. In addition, students
may choose other topics that are relevant to the administration of postsecondary education and to research.
A special feature is the Center for International Higher Education,
linking the Lynch School’s higher education program with Jesuit
colleges and universities worldwide. This initiative, as well as other
international efforts, provides a significant global focus to the higher
education program.
The doctoral program requires 54 credit hours of course work,
48 of which must be beyond the 400 level. At least six hours of dissertation direction is needed. The Ph.D. program is organized into
several tiers of study. These include a core of foundational studies in
higher education; methodological courses; specialized elective courses
in higher education and related fields, including research seminars; and
research. In the context of a rigorous selection of courses, students are
encouraged to pursue their own specific interests in higher education.
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Educational Psychology
During their first year, all matriculated students should work with
the Director of Student Services in the Office of Graduate Admissions,
Financial Aid, and Student Services and/or their academic advisors to
complete a program of studies. Master’s and doctoral students must file
their program of studies with Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial
Aid, and Student Services.
Programs in Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Programs in Counseling and Counseling Psychology have as a
mission the preparation of mental health counselors and school counselors at the master’s level and counseling psychologists at the Ph.D.
level for competent professional practice in schools, universities, and a
variety of non-school health care delivery settings.
The primary focus of the multi-level program is the facilitation of
healthy functioning in clients and a respect for individual and cultural
differences. Competencies are developed in psychological theories of
personality and behavior, human development, counseling strategies,
and career development. Developmental concepts are integrated with
supervised practice through field placements and varied instructional
approaches.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling
The Master of Arts degree in Counseling is a two-year, full-time
program designed for candidates who wish to work as counselors
in mental health agencies or in school settings. The Mental Health
Counselor sequence is a 60 semester-hour program, and the School
Counselor sequence is a 42 semester-hour program. A 48 semesterhour mental health sequence is also available for students not seeking
mental health licensure.
The first year of both sequences is devoted primarily to course
work. School Counseling students, however, do spend one day a week
at a school in the second semester of the first year to meet pre-practicum requirements. Persons selecting the Mental Health Counselor
sequence are expected to take one required course during the Summer
Session. They may also take additional elective courses during the
Summer Session if they wish to reduce their course load during the
second year in the program.
The second year of the program includes a full-year, half-time
internship placement and the completion of remaining academic
requirements for Mental Health Counselor students and a full-year,
full-time practicum placement and the completion of remaining academic requirements for School Counselor students. For the Mental
Health Counselor sequence, students spend a minimum of 600 clock
hours in their field placement. For the School Counselor sequence,
students complete a practicum (450 clock hours) followed by a clinical
experience (600 clock hours) in a school setting.
Prerequisites for enrollment in the Master of Arts program in
Counseling consist of evidence of undergraduate preparation in personality theory, research methods and basic statistics, and developmental
psychology. Students who have not majored in psychology will be
expected to choose appropriate electives in their master’s program to
fulfill these requirements. Candidates will select the Mental Health
Counselor or School Counselor option prior to enrolling in the program.
The 60 semester-hour Mental Health Counselor sequence of
study reflects the professional standards recommended by the American
Counseling Association and the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental
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Health and Human Services Professionals. This sequence is designed to
meet the pre-master educational requirements for licensing as a Mental
Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. Licensing is granted by
the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Service
Professionals and the requirements are subject to change by the state.
The School Counselor sequence is designed to meet the professional standards recommended by the Interstate Certification Compact
(ICC), Massachusetts Department of Education. This sequence is
designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a school
counselor in the state of Massachusetts. Licensure is granted by the
state Department of Education and requirements are subject to change
by the state. Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.
Within the Mental Health Counselor sequence, students may
focus more intensively on children or adolescents by selecting electives
that emphasize these populations. Similarly, in the School Counselor
sequence, students may select the elementary/middle school track
(grades pre-K–9) or the middle/high school track (grades 5–12). The
track must be selected early in course work since the student must follow prescribed curriculum standards.
The list of specific courses required for each sequence is available
in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Office
and on the Lynch School website under Programs of Study.
Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology (APA accredited)
The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, through
advanced course work and supervised internships, builds on prior
graduate training and professional experience. Using a developmental
framework and a scientist-practitioner model of training, the program
helps students acquire the following competencies: ability to comprehend and critically analyze current literature in the field; understanding
of major theoretical frameworks for counseling, personality, and career
development; skills to combine research and scientific inquiry; knowledge and practice of a variety of assessment techniques; respect for and
knowledge of diverse client populations; ability to provide supervision,
consultation, and outreach; commitment to the ethical and legal standards of the profession including sensitivity to individual, gender, and
cultural differences; and, demonstrated competencies with a variety of
individual and group counseling approaches in supervised internships.
The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology accepts applications from applicants with a master’s degree prior to applying as well
as from applicants who wish to pursue their doctoral education directly
after their undergraduate education (Direct Admit). The Doctoral
program (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the
American Psychological Association (Office of Program Consultation
and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; 202336-5979) and is designed to qualify candidates for membership in that
organization and Division 17 (Counseling Psychology). The program
is designed to provide many of the professional pre-doctoral educational requirements for licensure as a Psychologist in the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts and for inclusion in the National Register of Health
Care Providers. Licensure requirements in Massachusetts include an
additional year of post-doctoral supervised experience.
The entering doctoral student who has not completed all of the
educational prerequisites for the M.A. in Counseling must complete
them during the initial year of enrollment in the doctoral program.
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Decisions regarding this aspect of the student’s course work will be
based on a review of the student’s background by the assigned advisor
and the director of doctoral training.
Once admitted, doctoral students are required to complete courses in each of the following broad areas that fulfill the basic professional
training standards: scientific and professional ethics and standards,
research design and methodology, statistical methods, psychological
measurement, history and systems of psychology, biological bases of
behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior,
individual differences, and professional specialization.
The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology requires five years of fulltime academic study, doctoral comprehensives, and advanced practica,
including a year of full-time internship and successful defense of a dissertation. Other departmental requirements for the Ph.D. are discussed
above.
Programs in Applied Developmental and Educational
Psychology
The theoretical orientation of the programs in Applied
Developmental and Educational Psychology is development and learning in sociocultural context. The programs are designed to develop
expertise in integrating theory, research, and application to the development of children, adolescents, and adults.
Two degrees are offered: the master’s degree in Developmental and
Educational Psychology and the Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and
Educational Psychology. See the Department of Teacher Education/
Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction descriptions for the
licensure in Early Childhood Teacher Education program.
The doctoral program in Applied Developmental and Educational
Psychology accepts applications from applicants with a baccalaureate or
master’s degree in psychology or a related field. Most applicants have
some research experience as well as practice/education experience in
the field.
Master’s Programs (M.A.) in Applied Developmental and Educational
Psychology
The M.A. degree focuses on the unique characteristics, crises, and
developmental tasks of people at specific periods in their lives, including the social, affective, biological, and cognitive factors that affect
development. The program is designed for those pursuing knowledge
of theory and research in the area of life span development, and for
those practitioners (counselors, nurses, personnel specialists, teachers,
social workers) seeking a greater understanding of the populations they
serve. The M.A. degree does not lead to licensure. Those possessing a
degree in this option are employed in a number of developmentallyoriented settings, (e.g., residential care centers, prisons and correction
centers, children’s museums and parks, adult and industrial educational
facilities, personnel departments, governmental offices, and hospitals).
Graduates also serve as educational instructors and/or consultants in
these settings.
The program is designed to give maximum flexibility to suit
individual needs and involves the choice of one of the following six
focus areas:
• Education Focus for those who plan to work with children or
adolescents in an educational setting.
• Research Focus for those who want advanced preparation for
doctoral study in developmental or educational psychology or to
move directly into a research position.
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revention and Promotion Focus for those who wish to work at
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the individual or program level in human or social service programs, advocacy, or policy institutions.
• Community and Social Justice Focus for those who wish to
work in social service or social change programs in and with
local, national, and international community contexts. Students
with particular interests in Human Rights and International
Justice are encouraged to consider the Certificate offered by the
Boston College Center for Human Rights and International
Justice which can be completed concurrently with this focus.
• Early Childhood Specialist Focus for those who seek to develop
a strong conceptual and empirical understanding of child development and family systems with relevance to application during
the early childhood years.
• Individualized Focus for those who want to design a specialized
program in an area not covered by the other four focus areas.
Students work closely with a faculty advisor and/or the Director
of Student Services to design a program of study that should be
completed in the first semester of matriculation. A listing of specific
course requirements may be obtained from the Office of Graduate
Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services, Campion 135.
Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Applied Developmental and Educational
Psychology
The doctoral program in Applied Developmental and Educational
Psychology educates both researchers and practitioners. Through
research and practice, the faculty seeks to employ developmental theory
and research to inform policy and improve practice in educational,
community, and policy settings. The primary focus of the program is
development and learning in sociocultural context, with attention to
diversity in gender, race, class, ethnicity, and physical and mental challenges. Individual development is examined in relation to social factors
and the interaction of biological, environmental, and social structural
factors. Educational, human service and social justice applications are
emphasized, and work with diverse populations in a range of settings
is a major focus.
The faculty brings five areas of specialization to these central
themes: a focus on individual differences in development, including
social competencies, behavior problems, and core language, math,
and critical thinking skills; a focus on interpersonal processes such as
parenting and peer relations; assessment of proximal contexts such as
families, schools, and communities; attention to cultural and social
structural forces including racism, ethnic discrimination, poverty, and
abuses of political power; and finally, translation of research into practice and social policy.
The range of careers available to Applied Developmental and
Educational Psychology graduates with a Ph.D. includes university
teaching, research, advocacy, consultation, and positions in business,
governmental agencies, and human service organizations.
The program guidelines promote active engagement in research
with faculty mentors for all students throughout their doctoral program. In addition to this mentored training, the curriculum requires
that students take core courses in (1) social, affective, and cognitive
development and the contexts of development; (2) qualitative and
quantitative research methods and statistics; (3) professional development and teaching preparation; and, (4) application to practice and
policy. In addition, students develop expertise in targeted areas of
psychology through selected elective courses and through their research
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and practice experiences. Finally, students with a particular interest in
human rights and social justice can obtain a Certificate through the
BC-based Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
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and Evaluation
Dual Degree Programs
The Lynch School offers six dual degree programs in collaboration with the Boston College Law School, the Carroll School of
Management, and the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral
Ministry in the School of Theology and Ministry (STM).
Studies in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
are designed to prepare researchers with specialized competence in
testing, assessment, applied statistics, the evaluation of educational
programs, and in research methodology for the social sciences and
human services.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Research, Measurement,
and Evaluation
The Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
(ERME) program at the Lynch School combines the study of research
design, statistical methods, and testing and assessment with a research
focus on major contemporary education policy issues. The program
is designed to prepare students for research and academic careers in
education, social sciences and human services.
The master’s program prepares graduate students with fundamental skills in testing, assessment, the evaluation of educational innovations, and in quantitative and qualitative social science research methods. A minimum of 30 semester-hours and satisfactory performance on
a comprehensive examination are required for the M.Ed. degree.
Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Educational Research, Measurement,
and Evaluation
This program prepares researchers with specialized competence in
testing, assessment, the evaluation of educational innovations, and in
quantitative and qualitative social science research methodology.
A student without a master’s degree may apply directly to the doctoral program in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.
However, note that this Direct Admit option is appropriate only when
the applicant has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and
has acquired relevant research experience.
Emphasis is on the application of research design and statistical methods in making measurements and drawing inferences about
educational and social science problems, with special attention given to
methods of testing, assessment, data collection, policy issues, and statistical analysis of data. Students are expected to develop an understanding of modern techniques of test construction and evaluation, design of
research and experiments, univariate and multivariate statistical analysis
of data, and psychometric theory. Training and experience are provided
in the use of specialized computer software for statistical analysis.
Since the important issues in these areas require more than technical solutions, the program also attends to non-technical social, ethical,
and legal issues. Care is taken to design programs of study and experience according to the individual student’s needs, interests, and goals.
Students may choose an additional concentration in Developmental
and Educational Psychology, Special Education, Computer Science
and Management, Educational Administration, or other areas.
Graduates of the program are qualified for academic positions in
university departments of education and social sciences. They also are
qualified for research and testing specialist positions in universities,
foundations, local education agencies, state and regional educational
organizations, and in research and development centers.
Dual Degree Programs—Law and Education
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The dual degree programs in law and education are designed for
students interested in serving the combined legal and educational needs
of students, families, and communities in our nation. They reflect the
University’s mission to promote social justice and to prepare men and
women for service to others. The programs prepare students to meet
the needs of individuals who have traditionally not been well served by
the nation’s schools. The programs are designed to serve the needs of
persons who wish to combine knowledge about education and applied
psychology with legal knowledge and skills to better serve their clients
and constituencies. The programs offer an opportunity to further the
University’s goals in promoting interdisciplinary inquiry and integrating the work of service providers.
Students admitted to the program may expect to receive both a
master’s degree in Education (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
or Educational Administration or M.A. in Higher Education) and the
Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees in approximately three and a half years,
or three years and two summers, rather than the four or more years
such degrees would normally entail if taken separately. Students must
matriculate and spend at least one semester of residence in the Lynch
School.
Students seeking to pursue the J.D./M.Ed. or J.D./M.A. dual
degree must file separate applications to, and be admitted by, both
their intended Education program in the Lynch School and the Boston
College Law School. Any student seeking licensure or human services
licensure must meet all of the requirements in the Lynch School for
that licensure. Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass
the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
All Lynch School admissions requests should be addressed to the
Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services,
Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
02467-3813, 617-552-4214. The BC Law School accepts applications
from mid-September through March 1 for the class entering in August.
Contact them directly for further information at Office of Admissions,
BC Law School, 885 Centre Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459, 617552-8550.
Dual Degree Program—Management and Higher
Education (M.B.A./M.A.)
This dual degree program will provide students in higher education with an opportunity for professional training in resource management. The M.B.A./M.A. program will prepare students to assume
leadership positions in such areas as financial management, resource
planning, and technology management in major universities and
policy-making institutions in post-secondary education.
Students admitted to the program may expect to receive
both a master’s degree in education (M.A. in Higher Education
Administration) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
degrees in three academic years and two summers. Students seeking to
pursue the M.B.A./M.A. dual degree must file separate applications to,
and be admitted by, both the Higher Education program in the Lynch
School and the Carroll School of Management.
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All Lynch School admissions requests should be addressed to the
Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services,
Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
02467-3813, 617-552-4214. The Carroll School of Management has
an application deadline of March 1 for international students and any
candidate who wishes to be considered for an assistantship or scholarship. Domestic applicants not applying for assistantship or scholarship
may submit their applications by April 1. Extensions beyond this date
are granted on an individual basis.
Dual Degree Program—Pastoral Ministry and
Counseling (M.A./M.A.)
The dual M.A. in Pastoral Ministry/M.A. in Counseling
Psychology program was developed by the School of Theology and
Ministry and the Lynch School. It is designed for individuals who
wish to pursue graduate studies that combine theories and practice in
counseling and psychology with studies in religion and exploration of
the pastoral dimensions of caregiving.
It combines the core studies and faculty resources of the
existing M.A. in Pastoral Ministry (Pastoral Care and Counseling
Concentration), and the M.A. in Counseling Psychology (Mental
Health Counselor). It prepares students to seek licensing as professional mental health counselors while also providing them with
theoretical foundations for integrating pastoral ministry and counseling
techniques. Students seeking to pursue the dual M.A./M.A. program
must file separate applications to, and be admitted by, both the Lynch
School master’s program in Counseling and the School of Theology
and Ministry. Any student seeking mental health licensure or school
counseling licensure must meet all of the requirements in the Lynch
School for that licensure. Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts
as school counselors must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator
Licensure (MTEL).
All Lynch School admissions requests should be addressed to the
Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services,
Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
02467-3813, 617-552-4214. The School of Theology and Ministry
encourages applying for the M.A. program no later than March 1.
Contact them directly for further information at Admissions, the
School of Theology and Ministry, 140 Commonwealth Avenue,
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3921, 617-552-6501.
Dual Degree Program—Pastoral Ministry and
Educational Leadership (M.A./M.Ed.)
The dual degree (M.Ed./M.A.) program in Pastoral Ministry and
Educational Leadership allows students to combine the foundations
of educational leadership with a faith-based perspective. Dual degree
candidates file separate applications to, and are admitted by, both the
Lynch School master’s program in Educational Leadership and the
School of Theology and Ministry.
All Lynch School admissions requests should be addressed to the
Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services,
Campion 135, Lynch School, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
02467-3813, 617-552-4214. The School of Theology and Ministry
encourages applying for the M.A. program no later than March 1.
Contact it directly for further information at Admissions, the School of
Theology and Ministry, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill,
MA 02467-3921, 617-552-6501.
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Interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights and
International Justice
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice offers an
Interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice
to graduate students enrolled in affiliated academic departments in all
of the university’s graduate schools. The Certificate requires the student to: (1) follow a curriculum within his or her graduate studies that
emphasizes human rights and international justice issues; (2) widen
his or her interdisciplinary understanding of these issues by completing one or more courses designated by the Center in other academic
departments; (3) complete the Center’s Interdisciplinary Seminar in
Human Rights; and, (4) write a research paper under the Center’s
auspices or complete a practicum supervised by the Center. For more
information, visit www.bc.edu/centers/humanrights/academics.html.
Lynch School, Graduate Programs
Department of Teacher Education/Special Education and
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education: M.Ed.
Elementary Education: M.Ed.
Secondary Education: M.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.T.
Reading /Literacy Teaching: M.Ed.
Curriculum and Instruction: M.Ed., Ph.D.
Professional Licensure (M.A.T./M.S.T.) in English, history,
earth science biology, mathematics, elementary education,
and reading.
Special Education (Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K–8
and Grades 5–12): M.Ed.
Special Education (Students with Severe Special Needs, Grades
Pre-K–12): M.Ed.
Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education
Educational Leadership: M.Ed., Ed.D.
Higher Education: M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational
Psychology
Counseling Psychology: M.A., Ph.D.
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: M.A.,
Ph.D.
Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and
Evaluation
Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation: M.Ed.,
Ph.D.
Dual Degrees: Education/Law, Education/Management,
Education/Pastoral Ministry, and Counseling/Pastoral
Ministry
Curriculum and Instruction/Law: M.Ed./J.D.
Educational Leadership/Law: M.Ed./J.D.
Educational Leadership/Pastoral Ministry: M.Ed./M.A.
Higher Education/Law: M.A./J.D.
Higher Education/Business Administration: M.A./M.B.A.
Counseling/Pastoral Ministry: M.A./M.A.
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Faculty
Albert Beaton, Professor Emeritus; B.S., State Teacher’s College at
Boston; M.Ed., Ed.D., Harvard University
M. Beth Casey, Professor Emerita; A.B., University of Michigan;
A.M., Ph.D., Brown University
John S. Dacey, Professor Emeritus; A.B., Harpur College; M.Ed.,
Ph.D., Cornell University
George T. Ladd, Professor Emeritus; B.S., State University College at
Oswego; M.A.T., D.Ed., Indiana University
George F. Madaus, Professor Emeritus; B.S., College of the Holy
Cross; M.Ed., State College of Worcester; D.Ed., Boston College
Vincent C. Nuccio, Professor Emeritus; A.B., Boston College; M.E.,
Ed.D., Cornell University
Bernard A. O’Brien, Professor Emeritus; A.B., Boston College; A.M.,
Ph.D., Catholic University of America
John Savage, Professor Emeritus; A.B., Iona College; Ed.D., Boston
University
Charles F. Smith, Jr., Professor Emeritus; B.S., Bowling Green State
University; M.S., Kent State University; C.A.S., Harvard University;
Ed.D., Michigan State University
Mary Griffin, Associate Professor Emerita; B.A., Mundelein College;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Irving Hurwitz, Associate Professor Emeritus; A.B., Ph.D., Clark
University
Jean Mooney, Associate Professor Emerita; A.B., Smith College; A.M.,
Stanford University; Ph.D., Boston College
Philip Altbach, J. Donald Monan, S.J., University Professor; A.B.,
A.M., Ph.D., University of Chicago
David Blustein, Professor; B.A., SUNY Stony Brook; M.S., CUNY
Queens College; Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
Henry Braun, The Boisi Professorship of Education and Public Policy;
B.A., McGill University; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University
María Estela Brisk, Professor; B.A., Universidad de Cordoba,
Argentina; M.S., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of New
Mexico
Marilyn Cochran-Smith, John E. Cawthorne Professor; B.A., College
of Wooster; M.Ed., Cleveland State University; Ph.D., University of
Pennsylvania
Rebekah Levine Coley, Professor; B.A., Brandeis University; Ph.D.,
University of Michigan
Curt Dudley-Marling, Professor; B.A., M.Ed., University of
Cincinnati; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Anderson J. Franklin, Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair;
B.A., Virginia Union University; M.S., Howard University; Ph.D.,
University of Oregon
Lisa Goodman, Professor; B.A., Wesleyan; M.A., Ph.D., Boston
University
Andrew Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Professor; B.A.,
University of Sheffield; Ph.D., University of Leeds
Penny Hauser-Cram, Professor; B.S., Denison University; M.A.,
Tufts University; Ed.D., Harvard University
Janet Helms, Augustus Long Professor; B.A., Ed.M., University of
Missouri; Ph.D., Iowa State University
Maureen E. Kenny, Professor and Interim Dean; B.A., Brown
University; M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University; Ph.D.,
University of Pennsylvania
Jacqueline Lerner, Professor; B.A., St. John’s University; M.S.,
Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Larry Ludlow, Professor and Chairperson; B.A., M.A., California State
University; Ph.D., University of Chicago
M. Brinton Lykes, Professor and Chairperson; B.A., Hollins
University; M.Div., Harvard University; Ph.D., Boston College
James R. Mahalik, Professor; B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of
Maryland
Michael Martin, Research Professor; B.A, University College Cork;
M.Sc., Trinity College Dublin; Ph.D., University College Dublin
Ina Mullis, Professor; B.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado
Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., Professor; B.A., College of the Holy
Cross; M.A., Fordham University; M.Div., STL, Weston School of
Theology; M.Ed., Ed.D., Harvard University
Diana C. Pullin, Professor; B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., J.D., Ph.D.,
University of Iowa
Dennis Shirley, Professor; B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., New
School for Social Research; Ed.D., Harvard University
Robert Starratt, Professor; B.A., M.A., Boston College; M.Ed.,
Harvard University; Ed.D., University of Illinois
Mary E. Walsh, Daniel E. Kearns Professor; B.A., Catholic University;
M.A., Ph.D., Clark University
Lillie Albert, Associate Professor; B.A., Dillard University; M.A.,
Xavier University; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Karen Arnold, Associate Professor; B.A., B.Mus., Oberlin College;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois
G. Michael Barnett, Associate Professor; B.S., University of Kentucky;
M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University
Susan Bruce, Associate Professor; A.A., B.A., M.A, Ph.D., Michigan
State University
Eric Dearing, Associate Professor; B.A., University of Colorado; M.A.,
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Audrey Friedman, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean,
Undergraduate; B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.S.,
University of Pennsylvania; M.A., University of Massachusetts,
Boston; Ph.D., Boston College
Richard M. Jackson, Associate Professor; A.B., American International
College; Ed.M., Harvard University; Ed.D., Columbia University
Lauri Johnson, Associate Professor; B.S., M.S., University of Oregon;
S.D.A., Teachers College, Columbia University; Ph.D., University of
Washington
Belle Liang, Associate Professor; B.S., Indiana University; Ph.D.,
Michigan State University
Ana M. Martínez Alemán, Associate Professor and Chairperson; B.A.,
M.A., State University of New York, Binghamton; Ph.D., University
of Massachusetts, Amherst
Katherine McNeill, Associate Professor; B.A., Brown University; M.S.,
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Patrick McQuillan, Associate Professor; A.B., A.M., Wesleyan
University; Ph.D., Brown University
Laura M. O’Dwyer, Associate Professor; B.S, M.S., National
University of Ireland, Galway; Ph.D., Boston College
Mariela Paez, Associate Professor; B.S., Cornell University; M.A.,
Tufts University; M.Ed., Ed.D., Harvard University
Alec F. Peck, Associate Professor and Chairperson; B.A., University of
San Francisco; M.S., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
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Joseph J. Pedulla, Associate Professor; B.S., Tufts University; M.S.,
Ph.D., Northeastern University; Ph.D., Boston College
C. Patrick Proctor, Associate Professor; B.A., Clark University; M.A.,
Stanford University; Ed.D., Harvard University
David Scanlon, Associate Professor; B.A., M.O.E., University of New
Hampshire; Ph.D., University of Arizona
Elizabeth Sparks, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate
Studies; B.A., Wellesley College; M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia
University; Ph.D., Boston College
Lisa Patel Stevens, Associate Professor; B.J., University of Nebraska–
Lincoln; M.Ed., University of San Diego; Ph.D., University of
Nevada, Las Vegas
Marina Vasilyeva, Associate Professor; B.A., University of Krasnoyarsk,
Russia; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Ted I.K. Youn, Associate Professor; B.A., Denison University; M.A.,
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Vincent Cho, Assistant Professor; B.A., Boston College; M.Ed.,
University of Houston; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Elida V. Laski, Assistant Professor; B.A., Ed.M., Boston University;
M.S., Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Zhushan Li, Assistant Professor; B.A., Shanghai International Studies
University; M.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; M.S.,
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Rebecca J. Lowenhaupt, Assistant Professor; A.B., Harvard University;
Ed.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Julie Pacquette MacEvoy, Assistant Professor; B.A., Reed College;
M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
Rebecca Mitchell, Assistant Professor; B.S., M.S., Florida State
University; Ed.D., Harvard University
Paul Poteat, Assistant Professor; B.S., Florida State University; M.A.,
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Assistant Professor; B.S., University of
Scranton; M.A., Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., University
of Maryland–College Park
Lauren P. Saenz, Assistant Professor; A.B., Princeton University;
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Assistant Professor; B.A., University of
Michigan–Ann Arbor; M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Executive Director, Barbara and Patrick
Roche Center for Catholic Education and Senior Lecturer; B.A.,
Wheeling Jesuit University; M.A., Ph.D., St. Louis University
Nettie Greenstein, Lecturer; B.A., Wesleyan University; Psy.D.,
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Margaret (Penny) Haney, Lecturer; B.A., Loyola Marymount
University; M.A., Ph.D., Loyola University
Anne Homza, Lecturer; B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ed.M.,
Harvard University; Ed.D., Boston University
Julia Whitcavitch-Devoy, Lecturer; B.A., St. Lawrence University;
M.T.S., Harvard University Divinity School; Ph.D., Boston College
Undergraduate and Graduate Course Offerings
Note: Future course offerings and courses offered on a periodic
basis are listed on the web at www.bc.edu/courses.
ED 300 Secondary and Middle School Science Methods (Fall: 3)
Provides an active, instructional environment for science learning that enables each student to construct knowledge (skill, affective,
and cognitive) that, in turn, allows them to be prepared to construct
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instructional environments meeting the needs of tomorrow’s secondary and middle school students. Activities reflect on current research:
reform movements of AAAS, NRC, NSTA, inclusive practices, interactions with experienced teachers, firsthand experience with instructional
technology, and review and development of curriculum and related
instructional materials.
G. Michael Barnett
ED 301 Secondary and Middle School History Methods (Fall: 3)
Demonstrates methods for organizing instruction, using original
sources, developing critical thinking, facilitating inquiry learning,
integrating social studies, and evaluation. Students will design lessons
and units, drawing on material from the Massachusetts state history
standards and other sources.
Patrick McQuillan
ED 302 Secondary and Middle School English Methods (Fall: 3)
Develops knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for competent understanding, development, and delivery of effective English
Language Arts instruction in a diverse classroom. Addresses educational
and literary theory, pedagogy, assessment, evaluation, content, curriculum, media literacy, and sensitivity to and respect for adolescents who
come from a variety of cultures, abilities, interests, and needs. Provides
knowledge of local, state, and national standards and strategies to help
students reach those standards. Encourages risk-taking, experimentation, flexibility, application of theory, and innovation. Good teaching
demands open-mindedness, critical reading, writing, and thinking,
honest reflection, high expectations, ongoing revision, and commitment to social justice.
Audrey Friedman
ED 303 Secondary and Middle School Foreign Language Methods
(Fall: 3)
Cross listed with RL 597
Fulfills Massachusetts licensure requirement methods in foreign
language education
For anyone considering the possibility of teaching a foreign language. Introduces students to techniques of second language teaching
at any level. Students learn how to evaluate language proficiency, organize a communication course, review language-teaching materials, and
incorporate audiovisual and electronic media in the classroom.
The Department
ED 304 Secondary and Middle School Mathematics Methods
(Fall: 3)
Provides prospective teachers with a repertoire of pedagogical methods, approaches, and strategies for teaching mathematics to
middle school and high school students. Considers the teaching of
mathematics and the use of technology from both the theoretical and
practical perspectives. Includes topics regarding performance-based
assessment and culturally relevant practices for teaching mathematics
in academically diverse classrooms.
Lillie Albert
ED 307 Teachers and Educational Reform (Spring: 3)
Graduate students by permission only
This seminar course will provide an introduction to the literature
on assessment, including considerations related to the design, interpretation and validation of educational tests. The focus will be on the
high-stakes uses of these tests, for such purposes as promotion, tracking, high school graduation and college admissions. There will be a
particular emphasis on issues related to the use of student performance
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on these tests for purposes of teacher and school accountability. There
will be three interim assignments and a final project. Students will have
an opportunity to present a short report based on their project.
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ED 308 Bilingualism in Schools and Communities (Fall: 3)
Successful completion of the courses ED 308 and ED 346 entitles
students to receive a certificate indicating that you have completed the Categories 1, 2, and 4 to be considered qualified to teach
ELLs as noted in the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education’s
Memorandum of June 15, 2004.
The goal of this course is to prepare students to participate in
increasingly multilingual and multicultural environments in order to
better serve bilingual students, families, and communities. Building on
theory, research, and practice from the fields of bilingualism, second
language acquisition, and education, students will learn about the process of language and literacy development in children and adolescents
who are exposed to more than one language, and the social and cultural
contexts in which this development occurs. Through the use of case
studies and school profiles, students will deepen their understanding of
issues in bilingualism and bilingual education.
Mariela Paez
ED 316 Teaching Process and Content in Early Education
(Spring: 3)
This course focuses on the development and implementation
of curriculum in early education. The Massachusetts Guidelines for
Preschool Learning Experiences and the national standards for developmentally appropriate practices will be utilized throughout the semester.
This course will highlight each of the curriculum domains (language/
literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, health,
and the arts) while demonstrating how to build an integrated curriculum in an early childhood classroom. The importance and value of play
in the early years will be emphasized, and strategies will be shared to
help teacher candidates document student learning.
Mariela Paez
ED 323 Reading and Special Needs Instruction for Secondary and
Middle School Students (Spring: 3)
Develops knowledge of the reading process and how to “teach
reading the content areas.” Students will develop curriculum and
instruction that integrates reading instruction in the content areas,
addressing diverse learners. Involves understanding relationship among
assessment, evaluation, and curriculum; learning what and how to
teach based on student assessments; developing and providing scaffolded instruction that addresses reading comprehension and critical
thinking; and integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, and
thinking into content curriculum. Also addresses how to help students
comprehend non-printed text.
Audrey Friedman
ED 346 Teaching Bilingual Students (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
Summer course: Section .01 for Elementary Education majors;
Section .02 for Secondary Education majors
Deals with the practical aspects of the instruction of teaching
English Language Learners in Sheltered English Immersion, and
mainstream classrooms. Reviews and applies literacy and content area
instructional approaches. Includes such other topics as history and legislation related to English Language Learners and bilingual education,
and the influences of language and culture on students, instruction,
curriculum, and assessment. There are two sections of this course:
one for elementary and early childhood education majors and one for
secondary education majors.
Anne Homza
Patrick Proctor
PY 348 Culture, Community and Change (Fall/Spring: 3)
This course seeks to help students understand how culture and
community influence the lives of children, families and institutions
through society’s systemic policies and practices. The focus is upon
human development within a multicultural society in a global world.
It particularly guides understanding of inequities created by society for
populations in a minority, powerless, poor and underserved status as
well as, in contrast, the role privilege plays in setting societal standards
and the role of human service professionals. A major orientation of the
class is learning how multi-systemic factors, impact the individual, family, and community across the life span.
A.J. Franklin
ED 349 Sociology of Education (Fall: 3)
Cross listed with SC 468
This course presents a variety of sociological perspectives of
schooling by reviewing contemporary debates in the sociology of
education. Schooling reproduces cultural values and transmits cultural
norms over generations. Such actions may be examined by analyzing
the occupational culture of teaching, the social organization of schools,
the linguistic codes, and the reproductive process of social class.
Ted Youn
ED 363 Survey of Children’s Literature (Fall/Spring: 3)
This course explores the influences of children’s literature, the
appeal of children’s literature, and the impact of children’s literature.
Students will be expected to develop and apply criteria to evaluate the
value of using children’s literature in different contexts. Critical questions will be explored in relation to children’s literature.
The Department
ED 367 Restructuring the Classroom with Technology (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: ED 128, ED 628, or equivalent knowledge of instructional
software.
Offered periodically
This course centers on the use of advanced technologies to explore
different ways to design instructional materials. The focus of the course
will be the development of broad-based and intensive projects that
require familiarity with various system and software applications to
the degree where unique end products will be generated. Students will
design curriculum materials that fully integrate appropriate software
and technology tools. Students will develop a curriculum website and
use hypermedia authoring systems, graphic packages, and instructionally relevant software programs to create classroom-specific projects.
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ED 373 Classroom Management (Spring: 3)
Focuses on observation and description of learning behaviors,
with emphasis on examining the relationship of teacher behavior and
student motivation. Prepares teachers in analyzing behavior in the
context of a regular classroom setting that serves moderate special
needs students and to select, organize, plan, and promote developmentally appropriate behavior management strategies that support positive
learning. Also considers theoretical models of discipline and classroom
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management strategies, and requires students to propose and develop
a rationale for selection of specific techniques for specific classroom
behaviors.
The Department
ED 374 Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs
(Fall/Summer: 3)
Focuses discussion, reading and research on the diagnosis and
functional analysis of social behaviors, places substantial emphasis on
the practical application of applied behavior analysis techniques. Also
discusses alternative management strategies for use in classrooms.
Alec Peck
ED 384 Teaching Strategies for Students with Low Incidence
Multiple Disabilities (Spring: 3)
Pre-practicum required (25 hours)
This course is designed to assist the special educator in acquiring and developing both the background knowledge and practical
skills involved in teaching individuals who have severe or multiple
disabilities. The areas of systematic instruction, communication, gross
motor, fine motor, community and school functioning, collaboration,
functional and age-appropriate programming are emphasized. The
role of the educator as developer of curriculum, instructor, and in the
transdisciplinary team are included. The students should be prepared
to participate in a one-day-per-week field placement.
Susan Bruce
ED 386 Introduction to Sign Language and Deafness (Spring: 3)
A course in the techniques of manual communication with an
exploration of the use of body language and natural postures, fingerspelling, and American Sign Language. Theoretical foundations of total
communication will be investigated. Issues related to deafness are also
presented.
Edward Mulligan
ED 389 Assessment of Students with Low Incidence and Multiple
Disabilities (Fall: 3)
Pre-practicum required (25 hours)
This course addresses formal and informal assessment of students
with intensive needs. Students will become familiar with assessments
driven by both the developmental and functional paradigms. All
assessment activities will be founded on the principle that appropriate
assessment goes beyond the student to include consideration of the
student’s multiple contexts. This course also addresses the IEP, the legal
mandates behind the process, and the collaborative role of the teacher,
as part of the educational team, during the assessment and report writing processes.
Susan Bruce
ED 397 Independent Study: Fifth Year Program (Fall/Spring: 3)
This course is open to students in the Fifth Year Program only.
The Department
ED 398 Working with Families and Human Service Agencies
(Fall: 3)
Pre-practicum required (25 hours)
Explores the dynamics of families of children with special needs
and the service environment that lies outside the school. After exploring
the impact a child with special needs may have on a family, including
the stages of acceptance and the roles that parents may take, focuses on
some of the services available in the community to assist the family. A
major activity associated with this course is locating these services in a
local community.
Alec Peck
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ED 401 Supervision in Action (Spring: 3)
This course is designed as an introduction to research-based clinical supervision models in teacher education. Hands-on application-in
action includes observational strategies, collaborative assessment logs,
and summative reports as resources for ongoing data collection. Course
participants acquire and then apply the Massachusetts Department of
Education Pre-service Performance Assessment rubric for coaching and
evaluating student teachers, integrating the BC Teacher Education
themes that emphasize teaching for equity and social justice. This
course is restricted to cooperating teachers in BC Partnership Schools
who are supervising a BC student teacher in a full-time practica and to
new BC Clinical Faculty.
Amy Ryan
PY 418 Applied Child Development (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
This course will help teachers understand principles of learning
and cognitive, linguistic, social, and affective development as they
apply to classroom practices. Students will focus on the acquisition of
strategies that enable them to assess and understand how they and the
children they work with are constructors of meaning. This course is
designed for individuals beginning their professional development in
education who plan to work with children.
The Department
ED 420 Initial License Practicum (Fall/Spring: 6)
Corequisite: ED 432
A semester-long practicum, five full days per week, for graduate students in the following licensure programs: Early Childhood,
Elementary, Secondary, and Intense Special Needs. Placements are
made in selected area, international, out-of-state, or non-school sites.
Apply to the Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction
during the semester preceding the placement: by March 15 for fall
placements and by October 15 for spring placements.
Fran Loftus
Melita Malley
ED 421 Theories of Instruction (Spring: 3)
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.
Lillie Albert
ED 429 Graduate Pre-Practicum (Fall/Spring: 1)
Corequisite: ED 431
Graded as pass/fail
This is a pre-practicum experience for students in graduate
programs leading to certification. Placements are made in selected
school and teaching-related sites. Apply to the Office of Practicum
Experiences & Teacher Induction during the semester preceding the
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placement by April 15 for fall placements and December 1 for spring
placements. Students who are accepted into a program after the deadlines are requested to submit the application upon receipt.
Fran Loftus
Melita Malley
ED 431 Graduate Inquiry Seminar: One (Fall: 1)
Corequisite: ED 429
The course will coincide with the pre-practicum experience. It is
designed to introduce teacher candidates to inquiry as stance and the
skills necessary to conduct classroom-based research that leads to pupil
achievement and teaching for social justice. The course is designed to
help teacher candidates mediate the relationships of theory and practice, pose questions for inquiry, learn through reflection and discussion,
learn from their students and colleagues, construct critical perspectives
about teaching, learning, and schooling, and to improve teaching and
learning. The second part of this sequence is 432 which is taken in
conjunction with full-time student teaching (ED 420).
The Department
ED 432 Graduate Inquiry Seminar: Two (Fall/Spring: 2)
Corequisite: ED 420
Donovan Urban Scholars must enroll in ED432.08.
The primary goal of this capstone seminar is to initiate teacher
candidates into the practice of teacher research or collaborative inquiry
for action. Collaborative Inquiry for Action is an ongoing, collaborative
process of systematic and self-critical inquiry by educators about their
own schools and classrooms in order to increase teachers’ knowledge,
improve students’ learning, and contribute to social justice. This final
project will be presented at a roundtable presentation at the end of the
semester and also satisfies the M.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.T. Comprehensive
Examination in Education.
The Department
ED 433 Counseling Techniques in Higher Education (Fall/Summer: 3)
Not appropriate for Mental Health or School Counseling students
Provides an introduction to theoretically-based counseling skills
for professionals in higher education and other education and community settings. The areas of communications skills involving the use
of role-playing, observation, and practice components are emphasized.
Postsecondary case studies cover a range of counseling issues and are
applicable to a wide range of settings involving late adolescents and
adults.
The Department
ED 435 Social Contexts of Education (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
Examines the role of situational, school, community, peer, and
family factors on the education of children. Participants in the course
will strive to understand the effects of their own social context on
their education, to develop strategies to help students understand their
context, and to understand and contribute to what schools can do
to improve teaching and learning and school culture for all students
regardless of internal and external variables.
The Department
ED 436 Curriculum Theories and Practice (Fall/Spring: 3)
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.
The Department
ED 438 Instruction of Students with Special Needs and Diverse
Learners (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
This course focuses on the education of students with disabilities
and other learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The goal of the course is to promote access to the general
curriculum for all students through participation in standards-based
reform. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the theoretical framework for this course. Through an examination of historical
milestones, landmark legislation, systems for classification, approaches
to intervention, and the daily life experiences of diverse learners, students acquire knowledge about diversity and the resources, services, and
supports available for creating a more just society through education.
Richard Jackson
PY 440 Principles and Techniques of Counseling (Fall/Summer: 3)
Summer course is intended for non-counseling majors only.
Provides an introduction to counseling principles and techniques
with an emphasis on interviewing skills. The areas of communication skills involving the use of role playing, observation, and practice
components are emphasized. Training consists of peer role-plays and
laboratory experiences with individual and group supervision.
The Department
PY 444 Theories of Counseling and Personality I (Fall: 3)
First part of a year-long sequence examining personality and
counseling theories. To introduce students to major theories of personality in the field of psychology and how theories are applied in
constructing counseling and psychotherapy models. Students will focus
on humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive personality theories and how
they become operationalized in person-centered, behavioral, and cognitive counseling models, respectively. In addition to examining the theoretical foundations, client and counselor dimensions, techniques, and
the active ingredients of change for these major models of personality
and counseling, students examine how socio-cultural context contributes to client presenting concerns and may be addressed in counseling.
James Mahalik
PY 445 Child Psychopathology (Fall: 3)
Preference in enrollment will be given to students in the School
Counseling program.
Introduces the theory and research that provide the context for
understanding the socio-emotional problems of children. Places particular emphasis on the role of risk and protective factors as they contribute to children’s resilience and vulnerability to childhood problems.
Considers implications for clinical practice and work in school settings.
Julie MacEvoy
PY 446 Theories of Counseling and Personality II (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: PY 444
Second part of a year-long sequence examining personality and
counseling theories. Continues introduction to major theories of personality in the field of psychology and how those theories are applied
in constructing counseling and psychotherapy models. Focuses on
psychoanalytic personality and counseling models as well as critical
theory as manifested in the psychology of gender and counseling models that integrate gender into working with clients. Specifically, for each
model, students will examine the theoretical foundations developed
in its theory of personality, relevant client and counselor dimensions,
counseling techniques, and the active ingredients of change that each
model uses in bringing about change.
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ED 447 Literacy and Assessment in the Secondary School (Fall/
Summer: 3)
This course is an advanced study of literacy processes and strategies for use with students, including multiple subjects and content
areas, and those literacies used outside of school contexts. Participants
will investigate and regard literacy as social practice, situated in particular contexts and accessible to particular participations.
The Department
PY 447 Applied Adolescent Development (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of
the theoretical and empirical knowledge base concerning adolescent
development. In particular, four broad areas will be considered: (1)
psychological, biological, and cognitive transitions; (2) central developmental tasks of adolescence; (3) primary contextual influences; and
(4) prevalent types of problematic functioning that emerge during
adolescence. The overarching goals of the course are to provide a solid
and broad understanding of how and why adolescents develop in the
manner they do, and to extend this developmental understanding into
research, application, and practice.
Jacqueline Lerner
Rebekah Levine Coley
Belle Liang
PY 448 Career Development (Fall/Spring: 3)
Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the
theoretical and practice aspects of career development and the psychology of working. Students learn existing theories and related research
pertaining to the vocational behavior of individuals across the life span.
Through readings, case discussions, and lectures, students learn how
to construct effective, ethical, and humane means of helping people to
develop their work lives to their fullest potential.
David Blustein
ED 451 Human Resources Administration (Spring: 3)
Offered biennially
Addresses fundamental school personnel functions such as hiring, retention, socialization, rewards and sanctions, and performance
appraisal. These functions, however, are situated in a broader approach
to the human and professional development of school personnel in a
learning organization. Situates human resource development within
the larger agenda of increased quality of student learning and teacher
development.
The Department
ED/PY 460 Interpretation and Evaluation of Research (Fall/Spring/
Summer: 3)
Mental Health counseling students must take PY460.12. Other sections do not meet licensing requirement for mental health students.
This course will improve a students’ understanding of the empirical research literature in education and psychology. It concentrates
on developing the conceptual foundations of empirical research and
the practical analytic skills needed by a competent reader and user of
research articles. Topics address purpose statements, hypotheses, sampling techniques, sample sizes and power, instrument development,
internal and external validity, and typical quantitative research designs.
Exercises emphasize the critical evaluation of published research. Each
student will develop a research proposal.
Larry Ludlow
Lauren Saenz
ED/PY 461 Human Rights Interdisciplinary Seminar (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: Admission by instructor permission only
Cross listed with LL 461, TH 461, UN 461
Satisfies ABA Writing Requirement for Law Students
An interdisciplinary understanding of�and responses to�the compelling human rights challenges. Focus this year on how human rights
are affected by refugee movement and migration, especially in the context of humanitarian crisis, war, and grave forms of economic injustice.
Interdisciplinary attention to ethical, religious, political, legal, and psychosocial issues involved. Applications invited from students enrolled
in graduate or professional degree in any of Boston College’s divisions.
See full description on Center�s website at: http://www.bc.edu/centers/
humanrights. Apply by submitting brief statement explaining the students interest (250 words maximum) to CHRIJ ([email protected]
before Monday, December 3, 2012.
David Hollenbach, S.J.
ED/PY 462 Assessment and Test Construction (Fall: 3)
This course addresses the major issues of educational assessment,
with emphasis on the characteristics, administration, scoring, and
interpretation of both formal and informal assessments, including but
not limited to tests of achievement. All forms of assessment are examined including observation, portfolios, performance tasks, and paperand-pencil tests, including standardized tests. Basic techniques of test
construction, item writing, and analysis are included. Standardized
norm-referenced tests and statewide testing programs are also examined.
The Department
PY 464 Intellectual Assessment (Fall: 3)
Offered biennially
For Ph.D. students in Counseling Psychology, all others by permission only
Critically analyses measures of intellectual functioning, with a
focus on the Wechsler scales. Develops proficiency in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of intelligence tests and communication of assessment results. In addition, addresses critical questions
regarding the use of those instruments, including theories of intelligence, ethics of assessment, and issues of bias and fairness in the assessment of culturally diverse and bilingual individuals.
Julie MacEvoy
PY 465 Psychological Testing (Fall/Spring: 3)
Introduces psychometric theory, selection, and use of standardized aptitude, ability, achievement, interest, and personality tests in the
counseling process from a social justice perspective. Includes measurement concepts essential to test interpretation, and experience in evaluating strengths, weaknesses, and biases of various testing instruments.
Students will gain laboratory experience in administration, scoring, and
interpretation of psychological tests.
Janet Helms
Julie MacEvoy
ED 466 Program Evaluation I (Fall: 3)
ED 466 is a prerequisite for ED 467 Program Evaluation II.
This course addresses the theoretical and philosophical foundations of program evaluation, with emphasis on the roles of social and
political theory, methodology, epistemology, and philosophy of science
in various models of evaluation in education. Each evaluation model
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role of the evaluator, relationship to objectives, relationship to policy
and decision-making, criteria, and design. The course also includes a
focus on issues of value-neutrality and value judgment.
Lauren Saenz
ED 467 Program Evaluation II (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED 466 or consent of instructor
This course will cover the basic steps in planning and carrying
out a program evaluation. Topics covered will include identification
and selection of measurable objectives, choice of criteria, instruments,
addressing limitations related to various issues, analysis of data, interpretation and reporting of data, and budgeting. Standards, competencies, and ethical considerations for program evaluation will also be
covered.
Lauren Saenz
ED/PY 468 Introductory Statistics (Fall: 3)
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. In particular, students will learn descriptive statistics, graphical and numerical representation of information; measures of location, dispersion,
position, and dependence; the normal distribution; and exploratory
data analysis. Also, students will be introduced to inferential statistics,
point and interval estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses, sampling
distribution of t, and inferences involving one or more populations,
as well as ordinary least squares regression and chi-square analyses.
Provides computer instruction on PC and Mac platforms and in the
SPSS statistical package.
Zhushan Mandy Li
Laura O’Dwyer
ED/PY 469 Intermediate Statistics (Fall/Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 468 or its equivalent, and computing skills
Topics and computer exercises address tests of means, partial and
part correlations, multiple regression, analysis of variance with planned
and post hoc comparisons, analysis of covariance, repeated measures
analysis, elements of experimental design, and power analysis.
The Department
PY 470 Advanced Practicum: Human Development (Fall/Spring: 3)
Cross listed with PY 245
Students meet once a week to discuss their required field work
(8-10 hours per week) and to relate their field work to psychological
theories, research, and applications. Readings and discussion contribute
to critical analyses of how social issues and social problems are situated
differently due to gender, race, social class, and diversities of language,
ability, sexuality, etc. Participants will explore strategies for translating
this knowledge and experience into resources that enable them to identify future career options.
The Department
ED 493 Language Acquisition Module (Fall: 1)
Corequisite: ED 593
See course description for ED 593.
The Department
ED 495 Human Development and Disabilities (Fall/Summer: 3)
This course addresses the reciprocal relationship between human
development and disability. Prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal causes
of disability will be presented. Students will learn about theoretical
perspectives, research, and current disagreements related to causes,
identification, and treatment of disabilities. Prevention and intervention strategies will be presented for each disability. The application of
assistive technology will be covered across disabilities.
Susan Bruce
PY 518 Issues in Life Span Development (Fall: 3)
This course addresses the major psychological and socio-cultural
issues in development from childhood through adulthood. The theory,
research, and practice in the field of life span development are examined and evaluated.
The Department
ED 520 Mathematics and Technology: Teaching, Learning, and
Curriculum in the Elementary School (Fall/Spring: 3)
This course presents methods and materials useful in teaching
mathematics to early childhood and elementary school children and the
different ways in which technology can be used in the elementary school
classroom. The course will consider the teaching of mathematics and
the use of technology from both theoretical and practical perspectives.
Rebecca Mitchell
PY 528 Multicultural Issues (Fall/Summer: 3)
Assists students to become more effective in their work with
ethnic minority and LGBT clients. Increases students’ awareness of
their own and others’ life experiences, and how these impact the way
in which we approach interactions with individuals who are different
from us. Examines the sociopolitical conditions that impact individuals
from ethnic and non-ethnic minority groups in the U.S., and presents
an overview of relevant research.
The Department
ED 529 Social Studies and the Arts: Teaching, Learning and
Curriculum in the Elementary School (Fall/Summer: 3)
This course is designed to help students examine historical interpretation with critical analysis through history and the arts. It explores
different areas of content and instructional methods directly related
to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in social studies, literature,
and the arts.
The Department
PY 540 Issues in School Counseling (Fall: 3)
Restricted to students in the School Counseling program
This course traces the development of school counseling as a profession, and helps students understand the major functions of school
counselors. Students gain an understanding of schools as dynamic
organizations and learn to recognize and appreciate the intersection of
family, school, culture, and community. Professional issues related to
the practice of school counseling are examined, and recent innovations
in the field are reviewed.
Mary Walsh
ED 542 Teaching Reading (Fall/Summer: 3)
Offers teacher candidates skills for teaching reading to school age
children. Students will gain understanding of reading through a historical, political, theoretical, and practical lens. They will understand
the delivery of instruction by learning a balanced approach to teaching
reading. They will gain familiarity of how children learn to read by
partaking in observations, assessments and instruction with a school
age child. Students will learn a variety of ways to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. They will recognize reading
difficulties and learn ways to differentiate instruction for such readers.
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ED 543 Teaching Language Arts (Fall/Spring: 3)
Examines the development of written and spoken language and
methods of instruction for oral and written language from the preschool years through early adolescence. Students become familiar with
approaches to teaching writing and supporting language, and learn
strategies for identifying children’s areas of strength and weakness and
to plan instruction. Addresses the needs of children from non-English
speaking homes. Expects students to spend at least 16 hours distributed
across at least eight sessions in a classroom or other setting where they
can work with one or more children.
Curt Dudley-Marling
Maria Estela Brisk
ED 546 Teaching About the Natural World (Fall/Spring: 3)
Provides an introduction to the various philosophies, practices,
materials, and content that are currently being used to teach science to
elementary and middle school children. Exposes prospective teachers
to the skills and processes endorsed by the National Science Education
Standards, the National Health Standards, and the Massachusetts
Comprehensive Assessment System.
G. Michael Barnett
PY 549 Psychopathology (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: PY 444 or equivalent
Examines selected DSM-IV disorders and considers diagnostic
issues, theoretical perspectives, and research. Through case examples,
students will learn to conduct a mental status examination and determine appropriate treatment plans for clients suffering from various
diagnoses.
The Department
ED/PY 565 Large-Scale Assessment: Procedures and Practice
(Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 462 and ED/PY 468 are recommended
Examines large scale assessment procedures internationally
(TIMSS and PIRLS) and nationally (NAEP and NCLB). Considers
technical, operational, and reporting procedures in view of requirements for reliability and validity as well as resource constraints and
political issues. Uses examples from the TIMSS and PIRLS international assessments in mathematics, science, and reading to illustrate
procedures for instrument development, sampling, data collection,
analysis, IRT scaling, and reporting results.
Ina Mullis
ED 579 Educational Assessment of Learning Problems (Fall: 3)
Open to students in the Teacher of Students with Moderate Special
Needs Program, Counseling Psychology, and Reading Specialist
Programs. Not open to Special Students.
This course focuses on formal and informal approaches to the
nondiscriminatory assessment of students with a wide range of cognitive and academic difficulties. The focus is on identifying students
with mild/moderate disabilities. It is designed to prepare specialists for
the process of documenting special needs, identifying current levels of
performance, addressing critical issues, and designing approaches to
monitoring progress.
The Department
ED 587 Teaching and Learning Strategies (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED 579
Not open to non-degree students.
ED 587.01 is intended for general educators and ED 587.02 is
required for special educators.
Designed primarily for secondary education teacher candidates
and practicing secondary educators, this course helps prospective teachers and other educators develop an initial repertoire of skills for teaching students with educational disabilities. The primary emphasis of this
course is on the education of students with mild disabilities in secondary inclusive classrooms. Participants will formulate a comprehensive
instructional plan for a student with an educational disability, utilized
an IEP to guide instruction, develop accommodations and modifications appropriate to the student and the curriculum, design individual,
small, and large group instruction, and evaluate various service delivery
options for education students with special needs.
David Scanlon
ED 589 The Linguistic Structure of English (Fall: 3)
Cross listed with SL 323, EN 121
Offered biennially
An analysis of the major features of contemporary English with
some reference to earlier versions of the language: sound system, grammar, structure and meaning of words, and properties of discourse.
Claire Foley
ED 592 Foundations of Language and Literacy Development
(Spring: 3)
Provides students with a comprehensive overview of major
theories and research in language and literacy including theories of
instruction. Emphasis is placed on major reports on literacy instruction
as well as critiques of those reports. Topics covered include: language
acquisition, the role of language in literacy learning, emergent literacy,
the role of phonics in early literacy learning, reading fluency, reading
comprehension and critical literacy, discourse theory, multi-modal
literacy, and adolescent literacy.
Curt Dudley-Marling
ED 593 Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders (Fall: 3)
Corequisite: ED 493
On the basis of the development of normal children, this course
will explore dysfunctions of speech and language that interfere with
normal communication and learning processes. The evaluation of
language performance and the remediation of language deficits will
also be stressed.
The Department
ED 595 Assessment and Instruction for Students with Reading
Difficulty (Fall/Summer: 3)
Prerequisite: ED 542 or equivalent
Examines the methods and materials related to formal and informal
assessment, analysis, and interpretation of the results of assessment and
instructional techniques for students with a range of reading difficulties
(K-12). Focus is on the needs of students from varied populations.
The Department
ED 601 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (Spring: 3)
Offered biennially
Quantitative methods in educational and psychological research
have become increasingly complex over time, employing more sophisticated models and estimation strategies. This course helps students
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to develop a deeper understanding of the strengths and limitations of
different approaches to inference and to appreciate some of the ongoing
arguments among the adherents of the different philosophies regarding
statistical inference.
Henry Braun
ED 610 Clinical Experience (Fall/Spring: 6)
Prerequisite: Approval by the Practicum Office, good academic standing, and successful completion of all undergraduate practicum regular
education teacher certification requirements
Corequisite: ED 432
Candidates who intend to complete the specialist practicum in their
own classroom or in a paid internship must meet with the Director
as soon as possible to ensure that the responsibilities of the position
are aligned with the license the candidate is seeking.
A semester-long, full-time clinical experience for advanced level
students working in schools in a professional role. Covers the following
graduate licensure programs: Reading, Moderate Special Needs, and
Intense Special Needs. Placements are selectively chosen from schools
in the Greater Boston area and designated international settings. Apply
to the Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction during
the semester preceding the placement by March 15 for fall placements
and by October 15 for spring placements.
Practicum Director
PY 611 Learning and Development among Early Learners (Fall: 3)
Focuses on learning (including behavioral, cognitive, and information processing approaches), motivation, and social development, while
incorporating the role of play in the learning and development of the
young child. Examines individual differences and the effects of special
needs on learning and development, as well as program implications.
Mariela Paez
PY 615 Social and Affective Processes (Fall: 3)
This course reviews the theoretical and empirical literatures pertinent to the study of emotional and social development across the life
span. Perspectives derived from the disciplines of biology, psychology,
anthropology, sociology, and history are presented. The interrelations between social and affective processes, and their association with
familial, societal, cultural, and historical context of development are
discussed. Issues derived from social psychology, such as group processes, will also be discussed. Methodological problems present in these
literatures and resultant conceptual and empirical challenges involved
in developing a life span understanding of social and affective processes
are reviewed.
Jacqueline Lerner
PY 617 Learning and Cognition (Spring: 3)
Discusses theories of learning and cognitive development, explores
roles of biology and environment, and examines different interpretations of environment. Discusses whether learning and cognitive development are similar or different processes. Also examines the nature of
intelligence, role of instruction in learning, nature of instruction, and
how transfer of learning to new contexts is achieved. Practical applications of theory and research are discussed.
Elida Laski
ED 619 Ethics and Equity in Education (Fall: 3)
The course explores how schools are used as a vehicle of the
state to de-culturalize various communities of people throughout the
country’s history. Students will explore how schools can more appropriately promote respect for valuing diversity as a generative source
of the country’s vitality and its relationship to the global village. The
role of educators is not only to act ethically in the many individual
situations of their daily professional lives, but more importantly to see
that the institutional structures and processes of the school system are
themselves reflections of a system of justice and care.
Robert Starratt
ED 620 Practicum in Supervision (Fall/Spring: 3)
A 300-hour, field-based experience designed to enable the student
to develop the competencies required to be an effective supervisor/
director. The practicum is supervised jointly by a University representative and a cooperating practitioner. The student is expected to engage
in a variety of experiences defined in the state standards for certification and to provide leadership to a major administrative project. The
student will maintain a reflective journal of experiences and develop
a portfolio that demonstrates the learning and insights gained during
the practicum.
The Department
ED 621 Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
(Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
Explores first and second language and literacy development of
children raised bilingually as well as students acquiring a second language during pre-school, elementary, or secondary school years. Also
addresses theories of first and second language acquisition, literacy
development in the second language, and factors affecting second language and literacy learning. Participants will assess the development of
one aspect of language or language skill of a bilingual individual and
draw implications for instruction, parent involvement, and policy.
Maria Estela Brisk
Mariela Paez
Patrick Proctor
ED 622 Practicum in School Principalship (Fall/Spring: 3)
A 300-hour, field-based experience designed to enable the student to develop the competencies required to be an effective assistant
principal/principal. The practicum is supervised jointly by a University
representative and a cooperating practitioner. The student is expected
to engage in a variety of experiences defined in the state standards for
certification and to provide leadership to a major administrative project. The student will maintain a reflective journal of experiences and
develop a portfolio that demonstrates the learning and insights gained
during the practicum.
The Department
ED 623 Practicum in Superintendency (Fall/Spring: 3)
A 300-hour, field-based experience designed to enable the student to develop the competencies required to be an effective assistant
superintendent/superintendent. The practicum is supervised jointly
by a University representative and a cooperating practitioner. The
student is expected to engage in a variety of experiences defined in the
state standards for certification and to provide leadership to a major
administrative project. The student will maintain a reflective journal of
experiences and develop a portfolio that demonstrates the learning and
insights gained during the practicum.
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ED 626 Seminar in Educational Administration (Spring: 3)
Corequisite: ED 620, ED 622, ED 623, or ED 653
Enable candidates to reflect on their roles as educational administrators during their practicum experience. Topics include research
related to educational administration along with day-to-day school
management issues.
Irwin Blumer
PY 633 Impact of Psychosocial Issues on Learning (Spring: 3)
M.A. students only; not appropriate for Ph.D. students
Examines, from a holistic perspective, psychological and social
issues that affect learning in children and adolescents. Discusses the
role of risk and protective factors in the development of vulnerability
and resilience. Highlights collaboration of educators with professionals
involved in addressing psychological and social issues.
The Department
PY 638 Issues in Short Term Counseling (Spring: 3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the techniques
and issues related to the practice of short-term therapy. Special attention is given to current trends in health care delivery, including the
managed care environment and how to adapt various models to this
environment. Students will learn a number of coherent strategies to
treat a variety of presentations and populations in a short-term model.
They will also gain an understanding of the complexities of providing
quality mental health care in today’s clinical settings.
The Department
PY 640 Seminar in Group Counseling and Group Theory (Spring: 3)
Sections .01 and .02 will focus across the lifespan with an emphasis
on working with adults. Section .04 will focus on working with children and youth.
Limited to 25 students
This course examines both the theory and practice of group
counseling. Among the theoretical positions discussed are client centered, behavioral, existential, and rational emotive. Important aspects
of group process are also discussed including group leadership, group
membership, establishing a group, and maintaining a group. As such
the course covers therapist issues, patient selection criteria, group
structuring as well as basic therapeutic techniques. The course prepares
students to design structured counseling groups, to prepare group
counseling materials, and to lead counseling groups of various types.
The Department
PY 643 Practicum in School Counseling Pre-K-8 (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of Practicum Director, Dr. Sandra Morse
Open only to Counseling degree students seeking initial licensure in
school guidance counseling grades pre-K-8.
Practicum involves placement in a comprehensive school system
in both fall and spring semesters. Students typically spend three days
per week at the school for the school year. The minimum hours of
practicum are 600 in addition to the pre-practicum. Students enroll for
3-credit hours each semester.
The Department
PY 644 Practicum in School Counseling 5-12 (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of Practicum Director, Dr. Sandra Morse
Open only to Counseling degree students seeking initial licensure in
school guidance counseling grades 5-12.
Practicum involves placement in a comprehensive school system
in both fall and spring semesters. Students typically spend three days
a week at the school for the school year. The minimum hours of
practicum are 600 in addition to the pre-practicum. Students enroll for
3-credit hours each semester.
The Department
PY 645 Advanced Psychological Assessment (Fall: 1)
Offered biennially
Restricted to Ph.D. students in Counseling Psychology. Others by
instructor’s permission.
This is a year-long course: 1 credit in the fall, 2 credits in the spring.
Provides an introduction to a variety of assessment tools commonly used to diagnose psychological disorders and inform treatment
planning for children, adolescents, and adults. Assessment tools covered in this course include projective and personality tests, intelligence
tests, tests of achievement, neuropsychological tests, and symptom
checklists. Focus will be upon the theory, administration, scoring, and
interpretation of these tools. Critical issues in the use of these measures,
including ethical, psychometric, social, and legal concerns will be
addressed. Students will complete and present integrated test batteries.
Julie MacEvoy
PY 646 Internship—Counseling I (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of Internship Coordinator, Dr. Sandra Morse
This course is designed to be a post-practicum, curricular supervised experience, and supervised internship experience and seminar.
The internship consists of seminar participation and a 600-hour,
year-long clinical experience at an approved internship site. The internship and corresponding seminar are designed to enable the student to
refine and enhance basic counseling skills, and to integrate professional
knowledge and skills appropriate to an initial placement.
The Department
PY 648 Pre-practicum: Diversity and School Culture (Fall/Spring: 3)
Open only to School Counseling students
A two-semester experience in schools. In semester one, students
spend one-half day per week in a school with a diverse population. In
semester two, students spend one day per week (minimum of 75 hours)
in another school working under the supervision of a school counselor.
The pre-practicum experience is processed each week in small group
laboratory sections.
Sandra Morse
PY 649 Practicum in School Counseling Pre-K-8 (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: Consent of Practicum Director, Dr. Sandra Morse
Open only to Counseling degree students seeking initial licensure in
school guidance counseling grades pre-K-8
Continuation of PY 643.
The Department
PY 650 Practicum in School Counseling 5-12 (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: Consent of Practicum Director, Dr. Sandra Morse
Open only to Counseling degree students seeking initial licensure in
school guidance counseling grades 5-12
Continuation of PY 644.
The Department
ED 652 Practicum in Special Education Administration (Fall/Spring: 3)
Corequisite: ED 626
A 300-hour, field-based experience in the role of a special education administrator. The practicum is supervised by a University faculty
member.
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ED 664 Design of Experiments (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 667
Offered biennially
This course will introduce experimental design as a paradigm
for thinking about the conduct of educational research and evaluation. The goals of this course are to introduce students to the design
and statistical principles of the experimental approach to educational
research with particular emphasis on the correct analysis of data arising
from designed experiments. We will discuss a variety of experimental
designs, their advantages and disadvantages, estimation of treatment
effects, and significance testing. The topics covered will include the
underlying logic of experimental and quasi-experimental designs,
regression discontinuity and factorial designs as well as cluster randomized and multi-site trials.
Laura O’Dwyer
PY 665 Developmental Disabilities: Evaluation, Assessment, Families
and Systems (Fall: 3)
This course focuses on issues facing professionals who work with
people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the system
whereby services are offered. It is designed for graduate and post-graduate students interested in learning about interdisciplinary evaluation
and teams, in understanding disabilities from the person’s and family’s
perspective, and in acquiring knowledge about the services available in
the community. This course will be held at Children’s Hospital.
David Helm
ED/PY 667 General Linear Models (Fall/Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 469
Ph.D. students only; all others by instructor permission
Addresses the construction, interpretation, and application of
linear statistical models. Specifically, lectures and computer exercises
cover ordinary least squares regression models; matrix algebra operations; parameter estimation techniques; missing data options; power
transformations; exploratory versus confirmatory model building; linear-model diagnostics, sources of multicollinearity; diagnostic residual
analysis techniques; variance partitioning procedures; dummy, effect,
and orthogonal coding procedures; and an introduction to structural
equation modeling.
Larry Ludlow
Zhushan Mandy Li
ED/PY 668 Multivariate Statistical Analysis (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 667
Offered biennially
Provides lectures, examples, and student analyses that address
multiple group discriminant analysis, classification procedures, principal components and common factor analysis, and multivariate analysis
of variance.
Zhushan Mandy Li
ED/PY 671 Psychometric Theory II (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 669
Offered biennially
This course will present an advanced study of theoretical concepts,
statistical models, and practical applications in educational and psychological measurement. Topics include item response theory, methods for
estimating latent trait and item parameters, models for polytomously
scored items, explanatory item response models, and multidimensional
item response models. Some practical applications of IRT: DIF assessment, computerized adaptive testing, test equating, linking, scaling.
Zhushan Mandy Li
ED 674 Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4-12
(Spring: 3)
Offered biennially
Examines complex issues, trends, and research regarding alternative approaches for teaching mathematical problem solving. Topics
include the nature of mathematical inquiry; models for collaborative
grouping; methods and materials for cultivating problem solving,
reasoning, and communication processes; methods of assessing mathematical problem solving; and the impact of Vygotskian Psychology on
the teaching and learning of mathematical problem solving.
Lillie R. Albert
ED 675 Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education
(Spring: 3)
Designed for educators who enter into supportive or consultative relationships with each other, with other professionals, and with
parents. Presents conceptual and pragmatic guidelines for functioning
effectively with colleagues and other adults. Also covers advocacy strategies and environmental accessibility issues.
Alec Peck
ED/PY 685 Developmental Disabilities: Evaluation, Assessment,
Family and Systems (Fall/Spring: 3)
This course focuses on issues facing professionals who work with
people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the system
whereby services are offered. It is designed for graduate and post-graduate students interested in learning about interdisciplinary evaluation
and teams, in understanding disabilities from the person’s and family’s
perspective, and in acquiring knowledge about the services available in
the community. This course will be held at Children’s Hospital.
David Helm
ED/PY 686 Augmentative Communication for Individuals with
Disabilities (Spring: 3)
This course focuses upon the communication problems of persons who are developmentally disabled, physically challenged, hearing
impaired, and deaf-blind. Students learn strategies for enhancing communication and learn how to develop and implement a variety of augmentative communication systems.
Susan Bruce
ED 705 Education Law and Public Policy (Fall/Spring: 3)
Cross listed with LL 703
Registration by department permission only. Please e-mail Theresa
Lungu ([email protected]) your full name, program, and year to
be put on the waiting list.
This course addresses the political and legal aspects of the role of
education in our democratic society. Provides an introductory survey
of public policy issues and laws governing preschool, elementary,
secondary, and higher education. Included are such topics as religious
freedom, free speech, and due process; the liability of educational institutions and educators; the legal distinctions between private and public
institutions; student and parent privacy rights; disability rights; and the
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promotion of educational equity among all groups regardless of gender,
sexual orientation, language, race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic
background.
Phil Catanzano
Michael Joyce
Diana Pullin
Norah Wylie
ED 708 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (Fall: 3)
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding on
the issues in higher education from the perspective of institutional
leadership. Contemporary issues such as internal governance, town
gown relationships, dynamics of leadership, resource allocation, cross
divisional collaboration, applying theory to practice, professional ethics, personal foundations, and alignment of practice to mission will
be considered. Students will critically analyze these issues and develop
their professional approach after considering the competencies necessary in each area.
The Department
ED 709 Research on Teaching (Fall: 3)
Introduce Ph.D. students to conceptual and empirical scholarship about teaching and teacher education as well as to contrasting
paradigms and methodological approaches upon which this literature
is based. Helps students become aware of major substantive areas in
the field of research on teaching/teacher education, develop critical perspectives and questions on contrasting paradigms, and raise questions
about implications of this research for curriculum and instruction,
policy and practice, and teacher education/professional development.
Considers issues related to epistemology, methodology, and ethics.
Marilyn Cochran-Smith
ED 711 Historical and Political Contexts of Curriculum (Spring: 3)
Permission of instructor required for all students, except for Ph.D.
students in Curriculum & Instruction
Introduces Ph.D. students in Curriculum & Instruction to the
major curriculum movements in American educational history by
examining the history and implementation of curriculum development
on the macro and micro levels of schooling. Focuses on key campaigns
and controversies in curriculum theory and practice, using primary
source materials to place them within the academic, political, economic, and social contexts that have marked their conceptualization,
and change inside and outside of schools.
Dennis Shirley
PY 714 Advanced Research Methods in Counseling, Developmental,
and Educational Psychology (Fall: 3)
Restricted to doctoral students in Applied Developmental and
Educational Psychology and M.A. students in the research focus
Permission of instructor required
Students design and carry out an original empirical project on a
defined area within developmental or educational psychology. Requires
design, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and formal APAstyle write-up. Students also required to complete two colloquium
presentations of their work.
The Department
ED 729 Controversies in Curriculum and Instruction (Spring: 3)
Offered biennially
Explores contemporary curriculum controversies in American
education as well as the ways these are shaped by differing conceptions
of teaching, learning, and the purposes of schooling and by the larger
social, historical, political, and cultural contexts in which schooling
occurs. The course assumes a broad and encompassing definition of
curriculum and the aspects of instruction, assessment, and teacher
preparation that have major implications for curriculum. Although the
focus of the course is on curricular controversies in K-12 education,
controversies related to the curriculum of early childhood education,
adult learning, and higher education are also relevant.
The Department
ED 737 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Instruction (Fall/
Spring: 1/2)
This is a year-long course with 1 credit in the Fall and 2 credits in
the Spring.
This two-semester course is part of the BC sesquicentennial
event, “Public Education and the Future of Our Democracy,” which
includes an all-day symposium (fall 2012), a public lecture series (fall
2012, spring 2013), and a 3-credit course for graduate students. The
public events will be the core of the course, which will consider topics
such as the nature of knowledge to be passed to the next generation,
the purpose of schools in democratic societies, the role of disagreement
and deliberation, local control, how future citizens learn to engage in
these activities, and the meaning and value of democratic education.
Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Dennis Shirley
PY 740 Topics in the Psychology of Women (Spring: 3)
Explores current theory and research on the psychology of women
and implications of this work for psychologists and educators. The first
half of course examines and critiques major themes that have emerged
in the field over the last three decades and considers ways in which
the field of psychology of women has influenced conceptualizations
of development, psychopathology, and intervention. The second half
considers some of the psychological underpinnings of a set of social and
political issues commonly faced by women. The course is designed for
developmental and counseling psychology graduate students.
The Department
PY 743 Counseling Families (Spring: 3)
School Counseling students should take section .01 and Mental
Health students should take section .03.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to family and couple counseling theory, and perspectives of
family therapy along with issues of diversity. This course will focus on
theory and practice, viewing the couple/family as a unitary psychosocial
system. Major topics will include history, theory, and practice models, healthy family functioning, family dysfunction, and intervention
techniques. This course will also address issues relative to diversity in
families and couples along with perspectives of family therapy.
The Department
PY 746 Internship—Counseling II (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: PY 646 and permission of the Internship Coordinator
This course is designed to build on Internship I and corresponds
to the completion of 600 clock hours the student spends in the internship. The seminar is process-oriented and thus students remain in the
same year-long section. As such, it is designed to enable the student to
further enhance basic and advanced counseling skills, and to integrate
professional knowledge and skills through direct service with individual
and group supervision.
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PY 748 Practicum in Counseling II (Spring: 3)
Continuation of PY 648
Open only to Counseling Psychology students
Pre-internship, supervised curricular experience focuses on progressive issues and the treatment of special populations. Lab training
consists of peer role-plays and experiences with individual and group
supervision.
The Department
ED 757 Assessment in Student Affairs (Spring: 3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to aspects
of student affairs assessment including: (1) understanding different
approaches to assessment, (2) choosing appropriate research designs
and methods, and (3) following professional standards and guidelines.
At the end of this course students will be able to read, interpret, and
critique research and assessment in student affairs and higher education, and design appropriate assessments in the field of student affairs.
Heather Rowan-Kenyon
ED 770 Higher Education in American Society (Fall: 3)
An introduction to higher education in America, this course
focuses on the complex relationships between colleges and universities,
and the political and social systems of society. This analysis includes a
historical perspective on the evolution of American higher education,
and especially the development of the contemporary university since
the beginning of the twentieth century. Attention is also paid to the
impact of federal and state governments on higher education; the role
of research in the university; issues of accountability, autonomy, and
academic freedom; the academic profession, student politics and culture; affirmative action issues; and others.
Ana M. Martínez Alemán
Katya Salkever
ED 771 Organization and Administration of Higher Education
(Spring: 3)
Focuses on how the American university is organized and governed. Examines basic elements as well as structure and process of
the American university. Considers such topics as models of governance, locus of control, leadership, and strategic environments for the
American university.
Ted I.K. Youn
ED 772 Student Affairs Administration (Fall: 3)
Student affairs professionals in post-secondary institutions contribute to student learning and personal development through a variety
of programs and services. This course focuses on the design of campus
environments that promote student development and contribute to the
academic mission of higher education. Special attention will be given
to the history, philosophy, and ethical standards of the student affairs
profession, and to the relation of theory to contemporary student affairs
practice. In addition, the course will examine how changing forces in
the demographic, social, legal, and technological environment of higher
education affect fundamental issues in professional practice.
Heather Rowan-Kenyon
ED/PY 778 College Student Development (Spring: 3)
Not open to non-degree students; this policy will be strictly enforced
An intensive introduction to student development, this course
focuses on interdisciplinary theories of intellectual and psychosocial
change among late adolescent and adult learners in post-secondary
education. Research on student outcomes is also covered. Special attention is paid to the implications of ethnicity, age, gender, and other
individual differences for the development of students. Course projects
include individual and collaborative opportunities to relate theory to
professional work with college students.
Karen Arnold
ED 803 History of Education (Fall: 3)
This course provides an overview of major themes in the history
of American education. Topics include the roles of Puritanism and
slavery in shaping educational systems in the colonial North and South;
the role of the American Revolution in promoting democratic and
republican values; the rise of common schools as part of a broad wave
of antebellum social reforms, including abolitionism and feminism; the
Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow eras as distinctive moments
in the expansion and contraction of educational opportunities for
African-Americans; and the growth and expansion of high schools, colleges, and universities in the twentieth century.
Dennis Shirley
ED 805 Institute for Administrators/Catholic Higher Ed (Summer: 1)
Each July, the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher
Education hosts a five-day seminar providing a singular opportunity for
administrators and leaders at Catholic colleges and universities around
the globe to interact with some of the nation’s most outstanding scholars
and practitioners as they address issues that Catholic higher education
faces on a daily basis. The seminar is designed to serve administrative
leaders such as presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, deans, mission
officers, major program directors, and others in positions responsible
for institutional mission and identity. For more information, please
visit the website: http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/cce/highered/iache/
schedule.html
Michael James
ED 828 Doctoral Proseminar in K-16 Administration (Fall: 3)
Ph.D. students in Educational Administration or Higher Education
only
This seminar is a required cornerstone course for doctoral Ph.D.
students in the Educational Administration Program and the Higher
Education Program. In addition to orienting students to doctoral
studies and research, the course is designed to develop students’ critical analysis of theoretical and empirical literature in their field, and
to advance their knowledge of key concepts, issues, and theories in
the field. Course activities include bibliographic research and skills
development in conducting individual inquiry and analyzing scholarly
literature.
Karen Arnold
Ana Martínez
PY 841 Quantitative Research Design in Counseling & Developmental
Psychology (Fall/Spring: 1/2)
Doctoral students in Counseling and Developmental Psychology
only. Others by instructor’s permission.
This is a year-long course: 1 credit in the fall, 2 credits in the spring.
In this year-long seminar, students examine quantitative
research designs and application employed in the Counseling and
Developmental Psychology literatures, including randomized, nonrandomized, cross-sectional, and longitudinal designs. Students present
and critique published research exemplifying specific designs, propose
empirical studies that could advance counseling and developmental
psychology, and present findings from their own empirical work.
Eric Dearing
Paul Poteat
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PY 842 Seminar in Counseling Theory (Fall: 3)
Offered biennially
Doctoral students in Counseling Psychology only
Deepens students’ understanding of psychological theory, and
facilitates a life-long journey of integrating theory with practice.
Provides knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary theories of psychotherapy, and helps students develop a critical
perspective that will enable them to evaluate the usefulness of these
theories for their clinical work with clients. Class discussions cast
a critical eye on the development of the discipline, including its
philosophical and contextual roots, and analyze the values inherent in
mainstream psychological practice. Considers strengths and limitations
of each school, and uses case examples to gain expertise in applying
theory to practice.
A.J. Franklin
PY 844 Counseling Psychology in Context: Social Action,
Consultation, and Collaboration (Fall/Spring: 1/2)
For doctoral students in Counseling Psychology, and others by permission only.
This is a year-long course: 1 credit in the fall, 2 credits in the spring.
Accompanying the First Year Experience (FYE) practicum,
exposes students to research and practice at the meso- (community,
organizations) and macro (government, policy, social norms) levels,
in addition to the more traditional micro (individual) level. Students
discuss their personal experiences within their FYE placement and read
and discuss a series of articles and chapters central to the developing
fields of critical psychology, liberation psychology, or counseling with
a social justice orientation.
Lisa Goodman
PY 846 Advanced Pre-Internship Counseling Practicum (Fall/Spring:
1/2)
Prerequisite: Advanced Pre-Internship Counseling Practicum. Master’slevel counseling practicum.
This is a year-long course: 1 credit in the fall, 2 credits in the spring.
Pre-internship placement in a mental health setting accompanied
by a biweekly seminar on campus. Placement requires 20-24 hours per
week over two semesters. Focus will be on the integration of theoretical
and research perspectives on clinical interventions utilizing the experience of site-based practice. Satisfactory completion of this course is a
prerequisite for the doctoral internship.
Belle Liang
Elizabeth Sparks
PY 849 Doctoral Internship in Counseling Psychology (Fall/Spring: 1)
Prerequisites: Permission of Director of Training, minimum of 400
clock hours of counseling practicum (e.g., PY 646, PY 746, PY 846)
Doctoral candidates in Counseling Psychology only
By arrangement only
Internships cover a calendar year, and students must complete the
equivalent of one full year (40 hours/week) or two semesters (two credit
hours per semester). Applications should be submitted in November
of the preceding year. Placement must be in an approved counseling
setting for psychodiagnostic and interviewing experience with clients,
group counseling, and other staff activities.
David Blustein
ED/PY 851 Qualitative Research Methods (Fall/Spring: 3)
Introduces the foundations and techniques of carrying out qualitative research. Topics include philosophical underpinnings, planning
for a qualitative research project, negotiating entry, ethics of conducting research, data collection and analysis, and writing/presenting
qualitative research. Requires a research project involving participant
observation and/or interviewing.
Robert Starratt
ED 854 Catholic Higher Education (Spring: 3)
Cross listed with TM 854
This course offers an historical and philosophical overview of
Catholic higher education, a survey of current scholarship and related
Church documents, and an examination of the role of Catholic higher
education—particularly in the U.S.—and its relationship with the
Church, contemporary academic culture, and the broader society.
This course also engages students in an analysis of contemporary issues
facing Catholic higher education particularly, faith and reason, the
Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social thought, governance
and leadership models, student development, and institutional mission,
identity, and culture.
Michael James
ED 859 Readings and Research In Curriculum and Instruction (Fall/
Spring/Summer: 3)
Prerequisite: Faculty member approval
By arrangement
Under the direction of a faculty member who serves as Project
Director, a student develops and completes a significant study.
Alec Peck
ED/PY 864 Advanced Qualitative Research (Fall: 3)
Offered biennially
Building upon the foundation concepts of qualitative research and
initial exploration of an introductory course in qualitative methodologies, this course explores the theoretical, methodological, and analytic
implications of conducting qualitative research from differing theoretical perspectives. Key readings include texts on social theory, qualitative
methodologies, and exemplar qualitative research from various social
scientific fields. Students will distinguish between methodology and
methods, analyze data, and produce either a report for a specified audience or a research manuscript for possible submission to an educational
research journal.
The Department
ED 868 Religion and Higher Education (Fall: 3)
Cross listed with TM 868
Faith, religion and spirituality have become topics of increasing
interest for scholars and practitioners in higher education administration and student personnel development. This course explores the historical, sociological and cultural dynamics between religion and higher
education. Topics include secularism, modernity, and challenges to
the integration of faith and intellectual life. Additional topics include:
religious pluralism; religion in secular higher education; legal issues
surrounding religion and higher education; academic freedom; constitutional matters; modernism, post-modernism, post-secularism and
the tensions and opportunities that these cultural/intellectual movements pose for religion and higher learning in a modern, democratic,
pluralistic society.
Michael James
ED 876 Financial Management in Higher Education (Spring: 3)
This course strives to provide a comprehensive introduction
to modern day financial management theories and techniques in
higher education. A specific focus will be placed on real life context
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and practical application across a broad range of specialized topics
including: endowment management, fundraising, budgeting, long
range planning, debt management, financial statement analysis, cash
management, resource allocation and risk management. These topics
will be examined through the lens of the recent economic downturn,
which has structurally changed the financial and economic landscape
of higher education. The tradeoff between risk and return will serve as
a common framework for class discussions.
John Zona
ED 878 Seminar on Law and Higher Education (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: ED 705 or Law student
Cross listed with LL 706
Offered biennially
This seminar focuses on legal, policy, and ethical issues that affect
higher education in the United States. The primary focus will be upon
contemporary legal issues confronting public and private higher education, including such topics as due process and equity for students and
faculty, tenure, academic freedom, affirmative action, disability rights,
and free speech.
The Department
ED 879 Gender and Higher Education (Spring/Summer: 3)
Topics include the history of women in higher education, gender and student development, gender and learning, the campus and
classroom climate for women, women’s studies and feminist pedagogy,
women in post-secondary administration and teaching, and the interrelation of race, class, sexuality, and gender. Contemporary theory,
research, and critical issues will be considered as they apply to diverse
groups of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators,
and student affairs practitioners.
Susan Marine
Ana M. Martínez Alemán
ED 881 C&I Doctoral Comprehensive Exam: Publishable Paper
(Fall/Spring/Summer: 1)
The C&I doctoral program comprehensive exam will now take
the form of a publishable paper.
Elizabeth Sparks
ED/PY 888 Master’s Comprehensives (Fall/Spring/Summer: 0)
All master’s students who have completed their course work and
are preparing for comprehensive exams must register for this course.
Elizabeth Sparks
PY 910 Readings and Research in Counseling and Developmental
Psychology (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of a faculty member
By arrangement
Under the direction of a faculty member who serves as Project
Director, a student develops and carries to completion a significant
study.
The Department
ED/PY 912 Participatory Action Research: Gender, Race and Power
(Fall: 3)
This course will introduce students to theoretical and practical
issues in the design and implementation of field-based participatory
action research. We will review theories and practices that have contributed to community-based knowledge construction and social change.
Ethnographic, narrative, and oral history methodologies will be used as
additional resources for understanding and representing the individual
and collective stories co-constructed through the research process. We
will reflect collaboratively and contextually on multiple and complex
constructions of gender, race, and social class in community-based
research.
M. Brinton Lykes
PY 915 Critical Perspectives on the Psychology of Race, Class, and
Gender (Spring: 3)
Offered biennially
Using social and critical psychological frameworks, introduces
multiple strategies for thinking culturally about select psychological
constructs and processes (for example, the self, family and community
relations, and socio-political oppression). Also pays particular attention
to race and class as sociocultural constructs important for the critical
analysis of the relationships of culture and psychology. Explores the
implications of these constructs for intercultural collaboration, advocacty, and action.
Janet Helms
M. Brinton Lykes
PY 917 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (Fall: 3)
Ph.D. students only. All others must get instructor approval.
This course discusses theories of human development and examines empirical research on cognitive and affective processes underlying
behavior. In addressing the cognitive bases of behavior, it explores key
mental processes (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving) and constructs (e.g., schemas, heuristics) that have been instrumental in understanding everyday functioning. The socio-affective bases of behavior
addressed in the course include emotions, temperament, and selfconcept. The students in this course explore fundamental theoretical
questions, such as the role of biology and environment in development,
and consider practical applications of current theoretical and empirical
knowledge concerning the bases of human behavior.
Marina Vasilyeva
ED 936 Doctoral and Advanced Seminar in Religious Education
(Fall/Spring: 0, 3)
Required for first and second-year IREPM doctoral students; other
advanced students admitted with permission of instructor
Limited to 10 participants
Meeting every other week throughout the year, this seminar is
required of all first and second year doctoral students in Theology and
Education. The curriculum has a threefold emphasis: (1) in-depth reading of scholarly literature germane to the correlation of theology and
education; (2) substantive conversation and active participation; and
(3) the preparation of a potentially publishable essay.
Thomas Groome
PY 941 Dissertation Seminar in Counseling/Developmental
Psychology (Fall/Spring: 1, 2)
Prerequisite: Advanced Statistics and Research Design. Permission of
instructor required.
This is a year-long course: 1 credit in the fall, 2 credits in the spring.
This course is designed to assist students in the preparation of a
formal doctoral dissertation intent. All aspects of dissertation development will be discussed. Students must present a series of draft proposals
for faculty and student reaction. An acceptable dissertation intent is
required for completion of the course.
The Department
ED 951 Dissertation Seminar in Curriculum & Instruction (Spring: 3)
This is a student-centered seminar that is aimed at assisting doctoral students in identifying, shaping, and defining a research topic.
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Students will be expected to develop an Intent to Propose a Thesis, and
to work toward the development of a full-scale draft of a Thesis proposal. Prior to the completion of the seminar, students will be expected
to have established a Dissertation Committee.
Curt Dudley-Marling
ED 953 Instructional Supervision (Spring: 3)
Introduces students to many of the contested issues in the field of
supervision, such as the relationship between supervision and teacher
development, teacher empowerment, teacher alienation, learning
theories, school effectiveness, school restructuring, curriculum development, and scientific management. Supervision will be viewed also
as a moral, community-nested, artistic, motivating, and collaborative
activity. Will stress the need for a restructuring of supervision as an
institutional process.
Irwin Blumer
ED 973 Seminar in Research in Higher Education (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: ED/PY 771 and Doctoral Standing
Open to advanced doctoral students
Prior consultation with the faculty member regarding research interest is encouraged.
This seminar considers a variety of research issues in higher education. Each year, the topic of the seminar will be announced by the
faculty member who will be teaching the course. Students enrolled in
this seminar are expected to write substantive papers that might lead to
actual research products.
Karen Arnold
ED/PY 988 Dissertation Direction (Fall/Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor
All advanced doctoral students are required to register for six
credit hours of dissertation related course work, at least three of which
are 988. The other three are usually the Dissertation Seminar for the
student’s area of concentration. Students are expected to work on their
dissertation at least 20 hours per week.
The Department
ED/PY 998 Doctoral Comprehensives (Fall/Spring/Summer: 1)
All doctoral students who have completed their course work, are
not registering for any other course, and are preparing for comprehensive exams must register for this course to remain active and in good
standing.
Elizabeth Sparks
ED/PY 999 Doctoral Continuation (Fall/Spring: 1)
All students who have been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.
degree are required to register and pay the fee for doctoral continuation
during each semester of their candidacy. A formal petition for extension
of time must be submitted and permission granted to continue in a
doctoral program beyond the eight year period. Students are expected
to work on their dissertation at least 20 hours per week.
The Department
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the board of trustees
the officers of the university
William P. Leahy, S.J., Ph.D., Stanford University
President
J. Donald Monan, S.J., Ph.D., University of Louvain
University Chancellor
Cutberto Garza, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Provost and Dean of Faculties
Patrick J. Keating, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Executive Vice President
Daniel Bourque, M.S., Northeastern University
Vice President for Facilities Management
Michael Bourque, B.S., University of Iowa
Vice President, Information Technology
John T. Butler, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland
Vice President for University Mission and Ministry
Mary Lou DeLong, B.A., Newton College of the Sacred Heart Vice President and University Secretary
James J. Husson, M.B.A., University of Rochester
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Thomas J. Keady, B.A., University of Massachusetts–Boston
Vice President for Governmental & Community Affairs
Thomas P. Lockerby, B.A., Harvard University
Vice President, Development
James P. McIntyre, Ed.D., Boston College
Senior Vice President
Peter C. McKenzie, M.B.A., Babson College
Financial Vice President and Treasurer
William B. Neenan, S.J., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Vice President and Special Assistant to the President
Patrick H. Rombalski, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Vice President for Student Affairs
Leo V. Sullivan, M.Ed., Boston College
Vice President, Human Resources
Kathleen M. McGillycuddy, Chair
John F. Fish, Vice Chair
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Secretary
Drake G. Behrakis
Patricia L. Bonan
Matthew J. Botica
Cathy M. Brienza
Karen Izzi Bristing
John E. Buehler, Jr.
Darcel D. Clark
Charles I. Clough, Jr.
Juan A. Concepcion
Margot C. Connell
John M. Connors, Jr.
Robert J. Cooney
Kathleen A. Corbet
Leo J. Corcoran
Robert F. Cotter
Claudia Henao de la Cruz
John R. Egan
William J. Geary
Susan McManama Gianinno
Janice Gipson
Kathleen Powers Haley
Christian W.E. Haub
Michaela Murphy Hoag
John L. LaMattina
Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
William P. Leahy, S.J.
Peter S. Lynch
T.J. Maloney
Douglas W. Marcouiller, S.J.
Peter K. Markell
David M. McAuliffe
William S. McKiernan
Robert J. Morrissey
John V. Murphy
R. Michael Murray, Jr.
Stephen P. Murray
Brien M. O’Brien
David P. O’Connor
Brian G. Paulson, S.J.
Richard F. Powers III
Thomas F. Ryan, Jr.
Rev. Nicholas A. Sannella
Philip W. Schiller
Susan Martinelli Shea
Marianne D. Short
Pat T. Stokes
Richard F. Syron
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
David C. Weinstein
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chief academic officers
Andrew Boynton, M.B.A., Kenan-Flager Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dean, Carroll School of Management
Rev. James P. Burns, Ph.D., Northeastern University
Interim Dean, The Woods College of Advancing Studies;
Interim Dean, The Summer Session
Patricia DeLeeuw, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Vice Provost for Faculties
Susan Gennaro, R.N., D.S.N., FAAN,
University of Alabama at Birmingham Dean, Connell School of Nursing
Alberto Godenzi, Ph.D., University of Zurich
Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
Donald Hafner, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Maureen Kenny, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Interim Dean, Lynch School of Education
Robert S. Lay, M.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dean of Enrollment Management
Mark S. Massa, S.J., Ph.D., Harvard University
Dean, School of Theology and Ministry
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Larry W. McLaughlin, Ph.D., University of Alberta
Vice Provost for Research
David Quigley, Ph.D., New York University
Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Vincent Rougeau, J.D., Harvard University
Dean, Boston College Law School
Thomas Wall, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
University Librarian
assistant and associate deans
Filippa Anzalone, J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services,
Boston College Law School
John J. Burns, Ph.D., Yale University
Associate Vice P
rovost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Joseph Carroll, M.B.A., Suffolk University
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration,
College of Arts and Sciences
Clare Dunsford, Ph.D., Boston University
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Sveta Emery, M.B.A., Manchester Business School, England Associate Dean, Finance, Research, and Administration,
Graduate School of Social Work
Mary Fulton, M.B.A., Boston College
Associate Dean for Finance, Research, and Administration,
Lynch School of Education
Candace Hetzner, Ph.D., Boston College
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Robert Howe, M.B.A., Boston College
Associate Dean for Admission and Administration,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
M. Katherine Hutchinson, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Associate Dean, Connell Graduate School of Nursing
Richard Keeley, M.A., Boston College
Associate Dean, Carroll School of Management
Gene McMahon, M.B.A., Boston College
Associate Dean for Administration, Carroll School of Management
William Petri, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Catherine Read, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell Associate Dean, Connell School of Nursing
Jeffrey Ringuest, Ph.D., Clemson University
Associate Dean, Carroll Graduate School of Management
Elizabeth A. Rosselot, M.S., American University
Registrar and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs,
Boston College Law School
Teresa Schirmer, M.S.W., Boston University
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Services, Graduate School of Social Work
Anne Severo, B.S., University of California, Fresno
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration,
Connell School of Nursing
Elizabeth Sparks, Ph.D., Boston College
Associate Dean, Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid,
Lynch School of Education
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Associate Dean, Finance and Administration,
School of Theology and Ministry
Thomas Walsh, Ph.D., Boston College
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
directors in academic areas
Maris Abbene, J.D., Boston College
Assistant Dean, Career Services, Boston College Law School
Suzanne Barrett, Ph.D., Brown University
Director, Connors Family Learning Center
Susan Coleman, M.S.W., Boston College
Director, Field Education, Graduate School of Social Work
Sharon Comvalius-Goddard, M.P.H., Hunter College
Director, Pre-Award, Office for Sponsored Programs
Paulette Durrett, M.S.W., LCSW, Boston College
Assistant Dean, Students with Disabilities,
Office of Student Development
John E. Ebel, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Director, Weston Observatory
Stephen Erickson, Ph.D., Tufts University
Director of Research Integrity and Compliance
Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., St. John’s University
Executive Director of Irish Programs
David E. Horn, M.S., University of Oregon
Head Librarian, Archives and Manuscripts, Burns Library
William C. Howard, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions,
Graduate School of Social Work
Louise Lonabocker, Ph.D., Boston College
Executive Director of Student Services
Rita R. Long Owens, M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
Executive Director of Academic Technology
Vincent J. Lynch, D.S.W., Boston College
Director of Continuing Education, Graduate School of Social Work
John L. Mahoney, Jr., M.A.T., Boston College
Director of Undergraduate Admission
David J. McMenamin, Ph.D., Boston College
Director of PULSE Program
Vickie R. Monta, M.B.A., Regis University
Executive Director, Academic Budget, Policy and Planning
Nancy Netzer, Ph.D., Harvard University
Director of McMullen Museum of Art
Donald Ricciato, Ph.D., Boston College
Director of the Campus School
Akua Sarr, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Director, Academic Advising Center
Paul G. Schervish, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Director of Center for Wealth and Philanthropy
Tracey West, J.D., Georgetown University
Assistant Dean for Students, Boston College Law School
W. Jean Weyman, Ph.D., Boston College
Director of Continuing Education, Connell School of Nursing
Alan Wolfe, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Director of the Center for Religion and American Public Life
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Cynthia Young, Ph.D., Yale University
Director, African and African Diaspora Studies Program
Susan Zipkin, M.B.A., Boston University
Director, Post Award Administration, Office for Sponsored Programs
directors in university areas­
George A. Arey, M.A.
Director, Residential Life
Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Research,
Planning and Assessment
Patricia A. Bando, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services
John A. Berardi, B.S.
Technology Director for Applications and Architecture Services,
Information Technology Services
Ben Birnbaum, M.Ed.
Executive Director for Office of Marketing Communications and
Special Assistant to the President
John Bogdan, M.B.A.
Director, Employment
Michael G. Boughton, S.J., M.A.
Director of Center for Ignatian Spirituality
John D. Burke, M.B.A.
Director of Budget
John R. Burke, B.A.
Director of Benefits
Leo K. Chaharyn, B.A.
Technology Director for Systems and Operations Management,
Information Technology Services
Paul J. Chebator, Ph.D.
Dean, Student Development
Mary C. Corcoran, M.Ed.
Associate Vice President, Information Technology Assurance,
Information Technology Services
Eugene B. DeFilippo, Jr., M.Ed.
Director of Athletics
Terrence P. Devino, S.J., M.Div.
Director of Manresa House and Special Assistant to the President
Maria S. DiChiappari, B.A.
Director of the Boston College Neighborhood Center
Michael J. Driscoll, M.B.A.
Controller
John B. Dunn, M.S.
Director for Office of News & Public Affairs
Howard Enoch, Ph.D.
Director of Robsham Theatre Arts Center
Matthew Eynon, B.A.
Associate Vice President for Capital Giving
John A. Feudo, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Erik P. Goldshmidt, Ph.D.
Director, Church in the 21st Century Center
Jessica Greene, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research
N. Gail Hall, M.S.
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
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Theresa A. Harrigan, Ed.D.
Director of the Career Center
Joseph E. Harrington
Director of Network Services
Ann Harte, Ed.M.
Director, Internal Audit
Gina M. Harvey, B.F.A.
Director of Space Planning
Joseph Herlihy, J.D.
University General Counsel
Burton Howell, M.Ed.
Director, Intersections Office
Carole Hughes, M.Ed.
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Student Life
P. Michael Jednak, B.A.
Director of Facilities Services
Richard P. Jefferson, J.D.
Executive Director for the Office of Institutional Diversity
John M. King, M.P.A.
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Boston College Police
Barbara A. Krakowsky, M.Ed.
Director of The Children’s Center
Terrence P. Leahy, M.S.
Director of Engineering and Energy Management
Theresa J. Lee, M.A.
Executive Director, Annual Giving
Jeanne Levesque, J.D.
Director of Governmental Relations
Robert J. Lewis, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Joseph P. Marchese, M.A.
Director, First Year Experience
Linda McCarthy, M.B.A.
Technology Director for Student and Academic Systems,
Information Technology Services
Paul McGowan, M.B.A.
Director of Procurement Services
Thomas P. McGuinness, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of University Counseling Services
Halley McLain, B.A.
Director of Compensation
William R. Mills, Jr., B.S.
Director of Community Affairs
Mary S. Nardone, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Long-Range Capital Projects
Thomas I. Nary, M.D.
Director of Health Services
Katherine O’Dair, M.Ed.
Director of Assessment and Staff Development, Student Affairs
Sally Keeler O’Hare, B.A.
Director of Annual Capital Projects
Bernard R. O’Kane, M.Ed.
Director of Employee Development
Anthony Penna, M.Ed., M.Div.
Director of Campus Ministry
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Henry A. Perry, B.S.
Director for Office of Project Management,
Information Technology Services
Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.
Director of Student Programs Office
Elise T. Phillips, M.Ed.
Director of Health Promotion
Michael V. Pimental, M.B.A.
Director of Administrative Program Review &
Strategic Planning Services
Daniel Ponsetto, M.Div.
Director of Volunteer and Service Learning Center
Thomas Rezendes, M.B.A.
Director of Business, Planning and Project Services,
Information Technology Services
Brenda S. Ricard, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations and Planning
Linda J. Riley, B.S.
Executive Director of Auxiliary Operations
Michael A. Sacco, M.S.
Director of the Center for Student Formation
Ines M. Maturana Sendoya, M.Ed.
Director of AHANA Student Programs
John O. Tommaney, B.A.
Director of Emergency Management and Preparedness
Patricia A. Touzin, M.S.W.
Director of Faculty/Staff Assistance Program
Helen S. Wechsler, B.A.
Director of Dining Services
Richard M. Young, B.S.
Director of Human Resources Service Center
John J. Zona, Ph.D.
Chief Investment Officer and Associate Treasurer
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Academic Calendar 2012–2013
Fall Semester 2012
August 1
Wednesday
Spring Semester 2013
Last date for master’s and doctoral
candidates to submit signed and
approved copies of theses and
dissertations for August 2012
graduation
August 27 Monday Classes begin for all Law students
August 27 Monday Classes begin for first-year, full-time
M.B.A. students only
September 3 Monday Labor Day—No classes
September 4 Tuesday Classes begin
September 12 Wednesday Last date for graduate students to
drop/add online
September 12 Wednesday Last date for all students who plan to graduate in December 2012 to verify their diploma names online
January 14 Monday Classes begin
January 21 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
—No classes
January 23 Wednesday Last date for graduate students to
drop/add online
January 23 Wednesday Last date for all students who plan to graduate in May 2013 to verify
their diploma names online
March 4 Monday
toto
March 8 Friday Spring Vacation
March 28 to
April 1 Thursday
to
Monday
Easter Weekend—No classes on Holy
Thursday and Good Friday. No classes
on Easter Monday except for those
beginning at 4:00 p.m. and later.
Last date for master’s and doctoral
candidates to submit signed and
approved copies of theses and
dissertations for May 2013
graduation
September 15 Saturday Mass at Fenway Park for the
Sesquicentennial Year celebration.
(This will substitute for the Mass of
the Holy Spirit originally scheduled for
September 13.)
April 2
Tuesday
October 8 Columbus Day—No classes
April 10 Wednesday Graduate/CASU registration period for
fall and summer 2013 begins
November 8 Thursday Graduate/CASU registration period for
spring 2013 begins
April 15 Monday Patriot’s Day—No classes
November 21 Wednesday
toto
November 23 Friday
Thanksgiving Holidays
April 16 Tuesday Last date for official withdrawal from a course or from the University
May 1 November 26 Monday Last date for official withdrawal from a course or from the University
Wednesday Last date for all students who plan to
graduate in August 2013 to verify their
diploma names online­­
December 3
Last date for master’s and doctoral
candidates to submit signed and
approved copies of theses and
dissertations for December 2012
graduation
May 7 to
May 14 Tuesday
to
Tuesday Term Examinations—Posted grades
(non-Law) available online
May 20 Monday Commencement
May 24
Friday
Law School Commencement
Monday Monday
December 13 Thursday
to
to
December 20 Thursday
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Directory and Office Locations
Academic Advising Center Akua Sarr, Director...................Bourneuf House, 84 College Road
Accounting Billy Soo, Chairperson........................................... Fulton 520
Admission Undergraduate: John L. Mahoney, Jr., Director..... Devlin 208
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences................... Gasson 108
Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs................................................ Fulton 315
Connell School of Nursing,
Graduate Programs............................................. Cushing 202
Graduate School of Social Work.......................McGuinn 221
Law School......................................................... Stuart M302
Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs............................................Campion 135
School of Theology and Ministry........................ 9 Lake Street
Woods College of Advancing Studies
—Undergraduate and Graduate........................McGuinn 100
Advancing Studies Rev. James P. Burns, Interim Dean................... McGuinn 100
African and African Diaspora Studies Cynthia Young, Director......................................... Lyons 301
AHANA Ines Maturana Sendoya, Director........................72 College Road
American Studies Carlo Rotella......................................................... Carney 451
Arts and Sciences David Quigley, Dean............................................ Gasson 103
William Petri, Associate Dean—Seniors................ Gasson 109
Michael Martin,
Acting Associate Dean—Juniors............................ Gasson 109
Clare Dunsford, Associate Dean—Sophomores.... Gasson 109
Akua Sarr, Associate Dean—Freshmen.................. Gasson 109
Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean
—Graduate Arts and Sciences................................ Gasson 108
Biology Thomas Chiles, Chairperson................................ Higgins 355
Business Law Christine O’Brien, Chairperson............................. Fulton 420
Campus Ministry Fr. Tony Penna, Director.................................... McElroy 233
Career Center Theresa Harrigan, Director............................. Southwell Hall,
38 Commonwealth Avenue
Chemistry Amir Hoveyda, Chairperson.................................Merkert 125
Classical Studies Charles F. Ahern, Jr., Chairperson........................ Carney 123
Communication Lisa M. Cuklanz, Chairperson.................Maloney, Fifth Floor
Computer Science
Edward Sciore, Chairperson................................Maloney 559
Connors Family Learning Center Suzanne Barrett, Director......................................O’Neill 200
Counseling Services
Thomas P. McGuinness,
Associate Vice President........................................ Gasson 001
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Earth and Environmental Sciences Gail Kineke, Chairperson.....................................Devlin 322A
Economics Donald Cox, Chairperson...................................Maloney 489
Education, Lynch School of
Maureen Kenny, Interim Dean..........................Campion 101
Audrey Friedman, Assistant Dean,
Undergraduate Students.....................................Campion 118
Mary Ellen Fulton, Associate Dean for Finance,
Research, and Administration.............................Campion 101
Elizabeth Sparks, Associate Dean,
Graduate Admission and Financial Aid..............Campion 135
Office of Undergraduate Student Services..........Campion 104
Office of Graduate Student Services...................Campion 135
ERME (Educational Research, Measurement, and
Evaluation) Larry Ludlow, Chairperson.........................Campion 336C
CDEP (Counseling, Developmental, & Educational
Psychology)
Brinton Lykes, Chairperson...........................Campion 308
ELHE (Educational Leadership and Higher Education)
Ana Martinez-Aleman, Chairperson..............Campion 222
TESECI (Teacher Education, Special Education, and
Curriculum & Instruction)
Alec Peck, Chairperson...................................Campion 101
English Suzanne Matson, Chairperson............................... Carney 450
Finance Hassan Tehranian, Chairperson.......................... Fulton 324C
Fine Arts Jeffery W. Howe, Chairperson............................... Devlin 430
First Year Experience Programs
Rev. Joseph P. Marchese,
Director.................................. Brock House, 78 College Road
German Studies Michael Resler, Chairperson.................................... Lyons 201
History Robin Fleming, Chairperson...............................Maloney 445
Information Systems Robert G. Fichman, Chairperson.........................Fulton 410A
International Programs Richard Keeley, Interim Director............... Hovey House 106,
258 Hammond Street
International Studies Robert G. Murphy, Director................................. Gasson 109
Islamic Civilization and Societies Kathleen Bailey, Associate Director................... McGuinn 528
Law School Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean................................. Stuart M307
Learning Resources for Student Athletes Dard Miller, Director...................Yawkey Athletic Center 409
Management, Carroll School of Andrew Boynton, Dean......................................... Fulton 510
Richard Keeley, Undergraduate Associate Dean...Fulton 360A
Jeffrey Ringuest, Graduate Associate Dean...........Fulton 320B
Management and Organization
Judith Gordon, Chairperson.................................. Fulton 430
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Marketing Katherine Lemon, Chairperson.............................. Fulton 444
Mathematics Solomon Friedberg, Chairperson........................... Carney 317
Music Michael Noone, Chairperson.................................. Lyons 416
Nursing, Connell School of Susan Gennaro, Dean......................................... Cushing 203
M. Katherine Hutchinson,
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.................... Cushing 202
Catherine Read,
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs........... Cushing 202
Operations Management Samuel Graves, Chairperson................................... Fulton 354
Philosophy Arthur Madigan,
Chairperson.......................................... Maloney, Third Floor
Physics Michael Naughton, Chairperson.......................... Higgins 335
Political Science Susan Shell, Chairperson................................... McGuinn 231
Psychology Ellen Winner, Chairperson............................... McGuinn 343
Residential Life George Arey, Director......................... Maloney, Second Floor
Romance Languages and Literatures Ourida Mostefai, Chairperson.............................. Lyons 302C
School of Theology and Ministry Mark Massa, S.J., Dean....................................... 9 Lake Street
Jennifer Bader, Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs................................................. 9 Lake Street
Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures Michael J. Connolly, Chairperson........................... Lyons 210
Social Work, Graduate School Alberto Godenzi, Dean..................................... McGuinn 132
Sociology Department Sarah Babb, Chairperson................................... McGuinn 426
Student Development Paul Chebator, Dean...........................................Maloney 212
Student Programs Jean Yoder,
Associate Dean/Director...................... Maloney, Second Floor
Student Services Louise Lonabocker, Executive Director................... Lyons 101
Summer Session Rev. James P. Burns, Interim Dean................... McGuinn 100
Theatre Scott Cummings, Chairperson.....................Robsham Theater
Theology Catherine Cornille,
Chairperson.......................................... Maloney, Third Floor
University Librarian Thomas Wall........................................... O’Neill Library 410
Volunteer and Service Learning Center Daniel Ponsetto, Director..................McElroy Commons 114
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