EdM in Special Education

The Master of Education (EdM) in Special Education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares students as future educators through a combination of carefully sequenced coursework and field experience. 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. 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.


  • 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

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Special Education Career Outcomes

The EdM in Special Education 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.


Program Requirements

The minimum requirement for a master’s degree in Special Education is 36 credits. Students seeking a general master’s degree in Special Education develop an individualized course of study in consultation with an advisor; however, students seeking a license in Special Education may need to complete additional requirements, depending on prior coursework completed.

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

Special Education Program Faculty


Next Steps in Pursuing the EdM in Special Education

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about our master’s degree in Special Education. This special education graduate program builds the skills needed to succeed in this rewarding field. Our Special Education applicants are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores.

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, contact the program director, Nancy Harayama, harayama@bu.edu

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.