Leadership Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS)

A unique, combined doctorate and licensure program for school administrators aspiring to become district leaders.

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Application is through Boston College for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership (PSAP) Program

The next PSAP/LLPS cohort begins July 2023

A three-year EdD and Licensure program matriculating every other year

Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Our partnership with the Professional School Administrators Program (PSAP) at Boston College and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) for the Leadership Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS) provides an opportunity for you to obtain a superintendent licensure alongside a doctoral degree while exploring coursework focusing on leadership for social justice, school reform, community building, and leadership for learning.

Distinguished faculty and supervisors from 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.


LLPS Licensure and Program Components

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. LLPS curriculum modules are taught concurrently with Boston College courses and a 500-hour practicum for those pursuing licensure. Licensure candidates work under the direction of an LLPS Supervisor and Supervising Practitioner, both of whom are licensed superintendents or assistant superintendents. Students have regular opportunities for feedback, assessment, and reflection.

Successful completion of all LLPS curriculum modules are required for earning the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Boston College, regardless if a candidate is pursuing DESE licensure.

LLPS Module Topics

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

Problem-based activities are aligned to the instructional topics.


Who can Apply for Admission

The program seeks creative thinkers and education innovators in public, charter, 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.


Application Information

Apply through Boston College for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership (PSAP) Program

View the PSAP/LLPS Program Information Sheet


Program Features

Boston College 13 courses / 39 credits
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
LLPS Program Modules 

A 500-hour practicum under the direction of an LLPS Supervisor and Supervising Practitioner 

A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test

Tuition for the PSAP program is based on the then-current tuition cost of 39 credits at Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Financial aid is available from Boston College based on demonstrated need.

Tuition for the LLPS Modules is an additional $9,800 (subject to change) made directly to William James College (LLP Program Administrator.) Financial aid is not available for the LLP portion of the tuition.