Lynch School of Education

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The Lynch School of Education (LSOE) is a professional school of Boston College that offers graduate and undergraduate programs in education, psychology and human development.


LSOE was founded in 1952. The Lynch School was formally dedicated as the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education on November 2, 2000. Peter Lynch is a BC graduate and one of the country’s financial investors. Carolyn Lynch is a graduate and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and president of the Lynch Foundation.[1]

Programs of Study[edit]

The School has grown to 60 full-time faculty members, more than 35 part-time faculty members and another 60 researchers, 800 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students, and more than 25 academic programs in education, human development, and psychology.

Research facilities[edit]

There are several research groups operating within the School, and students often participate in collaborative projects. Major research projects are conducted under the auspices of the six major centers and institutes located in the Lynch School, and most faculty members employ graduate research assistants. Excellent practicum sites are located in schools, clinics, and hospitals throughout greater Boston and especially in the Boston public schools, and students have opportunities to participate in research projects in these sites. The Boston College Campus School, which serves about 50 multiply disabled children, can be used as a research and practicum site for students in teacher education programs. There are nine international practice teaching sites in American schools abroad. The Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching Exceptional Children, the Journal for Educational Change, and the Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment are housed at the Lynch School. The Lynch School, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, is working with a $5-million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its “Teachers for New Era” initiative. The Center for International Higher Education serves as a center of dialogue and communication among academic institutions in the industrialized nations and in the developing countries of the Third World and is home to the journals Journal of Higher Education in Africa, Educational Policy, and International Higher Education. The Center for Child, Family, and Community Partnerships engages in outreach scholarship in areas affecting the life chances of youth and their families. The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture works to promote understanding of race and culture through psychological study and related psychoeducational interventions. The Center for Human Rights and International Justice offers a certificate in human rights/justice.

Granted Degrees[edit]

Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
M.A. Counseling Psychology / Mental Health Counselor
M.A. Counseling Psychology / School Counseling
M.A. Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Ph.D. Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

Curriculum & Instruction/Teacher Education
M.A.T. Elementary Education (G1-6)/Leading to Professional Licensure
M.A.T. Reading (all grade levels)/Leading to Professional Licensure
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Curriculum & Instruction
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Reading / Literacy Education
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
M.Ed. Elementary Education
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Moderate Disabilities
M.Ed. Secondary Education
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Teacher of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
M.S.T. Secondary Education
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
M.A.T. Secondary Education

Educational Administration & Higher Education
M.Ed. or C.A.E.S. Educational Administration
M.Ed. Educational Administration and Catholic School Leadership
Ed.D Educational Administration
J.D./M.Ed./M.A. Educational Administration or Higher Education
M.A. Higher Education
Ph.D. Higher Education

Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (ERME)
M.Ed. Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
Ph.D. Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation

Notable Faculty, Past and Present[edit]

Maria Estela Brisk, professor and researcher. Her research focuses on bilingualism, bilingual education, literacy development.

Marilyn Cochran-Smith, is the John E. Cawthorne Endowed Chair in Teacher Education for Urban Schools, where she directs the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction. She has written many award-winning articles and books on diversity in teaching and teacher education and on teacher education policy and practice, teacher research, teacher learning, and the growth and development of knowledge for teaching. She was the editor of AACTE’s journal, The Journal of Teacher Education.

Andy Hargreaves, is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education. The mission of the Chair is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education. Andy Hargreaves's teaching and research at Boston College concentrates on sustainable leadership, professional learning communities, educational change and the emotions of teaching.

Larry Ludlow, is Department Chair of the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. His research includes psychometrics, course evaluations, Rasch measurement models, teaching statistics, and teacher testing.[1]

Patrick McQuillan is an associate professor of education. He worked with Theodore Sizer and Coalition of Essential Schools.

Denis Shirley is a professor of education. He has authored three books[2] and multiple articles. His interests include models of community organizing for school reform and the history of education.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Ludlow, Larry. "Larry Ludlow - Boston College". Retrieved March 2014. 
  2. ^ Shirley, Denis. "Dennis Shirley". Retrieved March 2014. 
  3. ^ Shirley, Dennis. "Dennis Shirley". Retrieved March 2014. 

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Coordinates: 42°20′2.0″N 71°10′6.3″W / 42.333889°N 71.168417°W / 42.333889; -71.168417