EdM in Special Education

Boston University’s Master of Education (EdM) program in Special Education prepares you as a future educator through a combination of carefully sequenced coursework and field experience.

This program prepares you to work successfully in a high-demand profession in roles such as a co-teacher in an inclusive classroom, inclusion facilitator, resource room teacher, or teacher in a self-contained classroom. You will learn to ensure that your students make progress in  the general education curriculum through the use of evidence-based practices to meet the needs of a wide range of learners with disabilities.


  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–Grade 8)*
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–Grade 8) combined with Elementary Education (Grades 1–6)*
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Grades 5–12)*
  • Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (Ages 3–21)*
  • Special Education teaching licensure* (in the licensure field and grade levels listed above) and Social Work (Dual Degree Program)
  • Special Education Administration*
  • General Special Education
  • General Special Education and Social Work (Dual Degree Program)

* Those marked with an asterisk (*) have a specific sequence of courses that can lead to licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Essential Questions

More About Our Program

We are confident that the graduate program in Special Education at Boston University will be right for you as you explore your academic and professional interests.  Our students have the opportunity to learn to provide evidence-based instruction to teach students with dyslexia, adapt the general education curriculum for high school students with disabilities, use the school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports framework to provide tiered levels of support to students with and without disabilities, use augmentative and alternative communication strategies, provide social skills instruction to students with autism, provide community-based instruction to teach daily living and vocational skills to students with intellectual disabilities, and implement the social-emotional learning curriculum to promote the well-being of all students and to prevent bullying of and by students with disabilities. 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.


Career Outcomes

  • Inclusion facilitator
  • Special education co-teacher
  • Special education resource room teacher
  • Special education administrator
  • Disability advocate

Program Requirements

  • Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Program Faculty

Linda Banks-Santilli, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor

Elizabeth Bettini, Assistant Professor

David J. Chard, Dean, Professor

Stephanie Cox Suárez, Clinical Associate Professor

Felicity Crawford, Clinical Associate Professor

Jennifer Greif Green, Associate Professor

Nancy Harayama, Lecturer, Program Director for Special Education

Nathan Jones, Associate Professor, Program Director for RS Courses

Donna H. Lehr, Associate Professor, Special Education Program Coordinator

Zachary Rossetti, Associate Professor

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission please contact Program Director Donna Lehr, dlehr@bu.edu.

Next Steps

Learn more about how to fund your degree at BU Wheelock.


BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact edlic@bu.edu with questions.

Background Checks

Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program