Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Special Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in Special Education is designed for students who have completed a master’s degree and wish to pursue further specialized study in the field of Special Education. We are a program dedicated to learning about the nature of disabilities and the ways in which individuals, families, schools, and local, state, and federal agencies work to improve the quality of life and outcomes for individuals with disabilities in school, employment, recreational, and residential settings. Our curriculum addresses individuals with disabilities, programs and supports, and public policies that affect individuals with special needs throughout their lives.

Our academic advisors work closely with students to support and guide them in course selection to develop individualized programs of study that best reflect student backgrounds, interests, and professional goals. The CAGS requirement includes 32 credits of coursework, and a comprehensive capstone project. We encourage students to pursue their studies with the faculty across Boston University, with faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, the School of Management, the School of Law, and the School of Social Work.

Our program:

  • Is led by a collaborative and supportive faculty that works closely with students and with their colleagues across the University.
  • Focuses on the nature of disabilities and the ways in which individuals, families, schools, and local, state, and federal agencies work to improve the quality of life and outcomes for individuals with disabilities in school, employment, recreational, and residential settings.
  • Is individualized to best address each student’s background, interests, and professional goals.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Nancy Harayama, busped@bu.edu, 617-353-2071
Graduate Admissions: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.