Special Education

General Overview

Students majoring in special education dedicate themselves to learning about individuals with disabilities and the ways in which individuals, families, schools, as well as local, state, and federal agencies work to improve their quality of life and outcomes. Graduates of BU’s Special Education program bring their extensive knowledge and skills to careers in teaching and administration in public and private schools; teaching and research in colleges and universities; and providing vocational, recreational, and social work services through federal, state, and community agencies. Many students choose to combine their study of individuals with disabilities with preparation that leads to licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as special education teachers or administrators, and apply for reciprocity where available in other states if they move outside of Massachusetts.

Undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Science (BS), while at the graduate level students can earn a Master of Education (EdM), a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), or a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Special Education.