Special Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is designed for students who have completed a master’s degree and wish to pursue further specialized study in of Special Education. Students enrolled in Special Education graduate programs at Boston University dedicate themselves 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. Students will learn about individuals with disabilities, programs and supports, and public policies that affect individuals with special needs throughout their lives.

Students who wish to complete a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study work in collaboration with their academic advisor to develop an individualized program of study. Students pursue study through courses and independent studies with faculty within the Special Education program, throughout the School of Education, and throughout Boston University in related schools and colleges. Among these are 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.  Additionally students must complete a comprehensive examination as a part of the program requirement in which they demonstrate their knowledge of a specific topic related to their specialization

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Special Education.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program in summer, fall, or spring. semesters.
  • Licensure: Courses related to licensure can be included in consultation with the program advisor.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a Masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Donna H. Lehr, busped@bu.edu, 617-353-3240
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.