The Special Education program at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares professionals who presume competence for individuals with disabilities and contribute to the development of more inclusive and accessible schools and communities. Students in the Special Education program are part of a unique and collaborative community of special education advocates, researchers, and practitioners all committed to ensuring equitable educational outcomes for all students, especially those with disabilities.

Students can choose from among several different options that meet a variety of professional goals and interests. This includes several structured master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs that lead to licensure in moderate or severe disabilities and/or endorsement in autism spectrum disorders in Massachusetts. For those looking to develop their knowledge of special education beyond the classroom, the EdM in Special Education can be individualized in consultation with a faculty advisor to meet a variety of professional needs. Boston University also offers an innovative dual degree program in conjunction with Boston University’s School of Social Work, through which students can earn a dual master of social work/master of education (MSW/EdM).


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Students with Learning Disabilities

Assistant Professor Nancy Nelson studies academic interventions to support students with learning disabilities.

National Center on Improving Literacy

NCIL aims to help teachers, administrators, and schools meet the challenges of teaching reading skills to students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

Special Education Teachers

Associate Professor Liz Bettini addresses the shortage of special education teachers and explores how states can address this challenge.

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