Special Education

Boston University

12 months
54720 USD/year
54720 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The minimum requirement for an approved program in Special Education at Boston University is 36 credits; however, students seeking a license in Special Education may need to complete additional requirements, depending on prior coursework completed.


Program Overview

Students of the Special Education program at Boston University develop an individualized course of study in consultation with an advisor for a general master’s degree with specified courses required for each specialization. The required courses for the general master’s degree and for each specialization are described below.

To be eligible for the student-teaching practicum in the Special Education Program, graduate students must have:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all BU coursework; and
  • obtain a grade of B or higher in the required pre-practicum Special Education course.

Additionally, students must:

  • have a record of having consistently demonstrated professional behavior in person and in written communication;
  • provide documentation of having met school district CORI/SORI and fingerprinting requirements; and
  • be approved for student-teaching by their academic advisor, placement coordinator, and the program director.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Special Education 
  • Special Education: Cognition, Learning, and Behavior 
  • Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition 
  • Assessment in Special Education: Procedures 
  • Introduction to Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official standardized test score reports
  • Non-refundable $95 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Special Education
Boston University