Leadership, Policy and Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being, M.A. | Boston University | Boston, United States
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Leadership, Policy and Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being

12 months
61050 USD/year
61050 USD/year
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The Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership, Policy and Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being at Boston University provides advanced study for practicing educators, social workers, healthcare professionals, psychologists, administrators, and others.


This program in Leadership, Policy and Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being at Boston University prepares early childhood leaders to work with and on behalf of young children and families in policy, leadership, education, human services, health, and other careers.

The program is uniquely flexible, with core coursework in child development, international child and family research, racial and cultural identities, understanding and dismantling systems of inequity and oppression, and early childhood policy. Additionally, students will select from identified courses from across the University to tailor their program to their own professional aspirations.

The MA is designed as a 12-month, full-time or part-time program that may begin in the summer or fall semester each year. All students will design and participate in two semester-long field experiences in their professional field. 

Learning Outcomes

At completion of the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the physical, neurological, cognitive, language, social, and emotional domains and theories of development applied to young children, prenatal to middle childhood.
  • Demonstrate respect for and recognize the strengths in cultural and other variances in developmental norms, values, and family dynamics and systems.
  • Using a multidisciplinary lens, critically analyze current research on young children and their environments, and policies that affect them, across a range of relevant fields in order to carry out original research and/or to design field interventions for healthy development of young children and their families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of texts, concepts, and issues in early childhood, including the intersectionality of categories of difference, the impact of relations of power, oppression, and liberation, and past and present theories and practices designed to promote social justice.
  • Develop, articulate, and demonstrate in one’s professional practice an understanding of one’s own racial, cultural, and linguistic identities, areas of privilege and marginalization, biases, participation in and/or personal impact of racist and oppressive behaviors and systems.
  • Develop the skills necessary to actively plan and implement an antiracist, anti-bias agenda and to participate in dismantling systemic oppression in one’s practice settings and systems.
  • Understand public and private social policy as it pertains to young children, their families, and the systems that contain them, as well as the processes and cycles of policymaking, and apply this knowledge in advocacy for children and families.
  • Demonstrate expertise in enacting interdisciplinary practices by appropriately integrating knowledge from a range of disciplines in one’s scholarship and field projects.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to play a leadership role in promoting best practices in early childhood development and family support in programs, organizations, and systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child Policy
  • Child Development & Families in Societal and Cultural Contexts
  • Psychology of Oppression
  • Field Experience & Seminar in Early Childhood Leadership, Policy and Advocacy
  • Foundational Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    61050 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 61050 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    61050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 61050 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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