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The Professional School Administrator Program and Leadership Licensure Program for Superintendents (PSAP/LLPS)

The next PSAP/LLPS cohort admissions cycle is anticipated to begin in fall 2020, with a new cohort entrance summer 2021.

About the Program

Teachers21, in partnership with the Boston College Lynch School of Education and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) offers a unique, combined doctorate and licensure program designed specifically for full-time school administrators who aspire to become district leaders. Now in its sixth cohort, the three-year program combines a pragmatic leadership toolkit with research-based approaches to social justice, ethical leadership, school improvement and reform. 

The Leadership Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS) is a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved path to fulfill the requirements for a Massachusetts initial license as a Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent. With successful completion of the companion Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP), students earn a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Boston College.

Application Information

To learn more about the application process for the PSAP doctoral program visit the Lynch School of Education and Human Development (LSEHD) website. 

PSAP Brochure

View the PSAP/LLPS Fact Sheet

Contact Us


Lincoln D. Lynch, III, EdD
Program Director 
Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS) 
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents / Teachers21
T: 508-298-2237 
Vincent Cho, PhD 
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Higher Education (ELHE)
Director, Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP)
Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College 
T: 617-552-3574

PSAP/LLPS Program Components

During the first two years, curriculum modules are taught concurrently with a 500-hour practicum so candidates can apply the course content in district settings. Candidates work under the direction of a mentor and supervisor, both of whom are licensed superintendents or assistant superintendents. Students have regular opportunities for feedback, assessment, and reflection. The third year is dedicated to completion of a capstone dissertation on a problem of practice in educational leadership. 

Mentors from MASS, practicum supervisors, distinguished faculty and the PSAP/LLPS team support candidates to successfully complete the program. The cohort model emphasizes collaborative learning and creates a support network that extends far beyond the bounds of the program.

Problem-based activities are aligned to the instructional topics:

  • DNA of Leadership and Culture
  • Productive Superintendent/School Committee Partnerships
  • Management and Operations
  • Cultural Proficiency
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • High Performing Teams
  • Supervision and Evaluation
  • Family and Community Engagement

Who can Apply for Admission

The program seeks creative thinkers and education innovators in public, charter, Catholic and other independent schools who are deeply committed to equity and social justice. Diversity, urban experience, and potential for exemplary leadership will also be considered. 

Program Features

Program Requirements:

  • 54 graduate credits: earned through completion of all PSAP coursework, LLPS modules and the capstone dissertation.  

Additional requirements for participants seeking licensure:

  • A 500-hour practicum under the direction of a mentor and supervisor 
  • A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test 

Course schedule:

A 34 month program, PSAP/LLPS combines an annual two-week summer institute with 10 full day Friday and Saturday classes each semester.


All classes meet at Boston College's Chestnut Hill campus.

Registration Costs:

Tuition for the PSAP program is based on the then-current tuition cost of 39 credits at the Lynch School of Education. Financial aid is available from Boston College based on demonstrated need. Tuition for the LLPS modules is an additional $9,800.

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