Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Graduate Certificate Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 56 Credits


  • Hybrid Options Available
  • In-Person


  • Full-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The graduate certificate in Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares teachers to work effectively with students with severe disabilities in the classroom. In this program, you’ll learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction for students with disabilities using a variety of proven practices, including explicit instruction, school-wide positive behavior supports, and other methods.

Students in the graduate certificate program learn about typical child development and learning, characteristics of common disabilities, and tenets of special education policy and practice—and their effects on students’ experiences in schools. Your coursework will include classes on reading development, mathematical reasoning, methods in special education, and a thorough background in severe disabilities. At the end of the program, you’ll be eligible to seek licensure in the state of Massachusetts to teach students with severe disabilities.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Career Outcomes

Boston University’s graduate certificate in Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities will equip you to plan, implement, and evaluate individualized and data-based instruction for students with disabilities. Graduates are successful in a variety of professional roles.

  • Teacher of students with severe disabilities
  • Teacher leader
  • Curriculum developer
  • Special education advocate

More Information about the Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities Graduate Certificate

Field-Based Experiences

The Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities certificate includes both a pre-practicum and practicum, where you’ll gain direct experience teaching students with severe disabilities before working in your own classroom.


Students who complete the graduate certificate program can receive endorsement for licensure to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Educator Licensure.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the graduate certificate in Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities. Get information about admissions deadlines, requirements, and financial assistance. Sign up for one of our upcoming information sessions.

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