Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Does the thought of doing any of the following make you excited?

  • Teaching students with dyslexia how to read
  • Supporting high school students with disabilities to access content in various subject areas
  • Using preventative and positive approaches based on applied behavior analysis to manage behaviors of students
  • Facilitating the development of communication and social skills of students with autism
  • Providing community-based instruction to students with Down syndrome
  • Implementing the social emotional learning curriculum to promote the well-being of all students and preventing bullying of and by students with disabilities

If so, you have found the program designed for you! The undergraduate Special Education program at Boston University prepares you for a variety of careers working with individuals with disabilities and their families. Through a combination of carefully sequenced coursework and numerous opportunities for field experience that are systematically incorporated into the program, you will learn to adapt the general education curriculum and use the explicit instruction model to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. You will be part of a supportive learning community with faculty members who are invested in your learning and development, and peers who share the same interests and drive to become successful special educators.

Upon successful completion of our program, you will be able to obtain a Massachusetts teaching license at the Initial Level in one of the following fields:

  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-kindergarten through grade 8),
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-kindergarten through grade 8) combined with Elementary Education (Grades l through 6),
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Grades 5 through 12), and
  • Teacher of Severe Disabilities (Ages 3 through 21).

Graduates of our program work as teachers in learning centers, special schools, and transition programs, as well as co-teachers in general education classrooms and inclusion facilitators. If you prefer to work with individuals with disabilities in non-school settings, you can choose the non-licensure track which will provide you with a basis on which to pursue further degrees or careers in vocational and recreational programs for individuals with disabilities.

We look forward to working with individuals who share our commitment and passion to provide the highest-quality education to students with disabilities and to collaborate with families from diverse backgrounds.

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

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