Superintendent Leadership Licensure Program


The Lynch School of Education at Boston College in partnership with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) and Teachers21 through PSAP/LLPS prepares educators for district level leadership roles. The program integrates coursework, fieldwork and performance assessments to enable candidates to earn a doctorate in education and a Massachusetts license as a superintendent/ assistant superintendent by developing the requisite knowledge and skills to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrators.

In order to earn a doctorate and obtain the license, candidates must complete three distinct program areas over three years:

  • the Boston College PSAP Ed.D. course of study (11 courses – 39 credit hours – including a year long capstone project culminating with dissertation-in- practice research conducted by a small team of students)
  • the Teachers21 LLPS course of study (7 modules – 152.5 hours), and
  • the MASS LLPS practicum (500 hours).

The program’s highly integrated approach to learning and reflection, along with the continue collaboration with fellow cohort members, make it a unique licensure and doctoral program of study. In addition, during the practicum and capstone experience, candidates will be mentored and supervised by current superintendents.

Candidates in PSAP/LLPS will be taught their doctoral courses by professors from the Boston College Lynch School of Education. Teachers21 consultants will teach the LLPS modules.

For more information and an application, contact or

Boston College Lynch School of Education

Dr. Lauri Johnson

T:  617-552-4185

LLPS-MASS and Teachers 21

Dr. John Aherne

T 617-694-1147

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