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Special Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The graduate program in Special Education at Boston University will prepare 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. 


Does the thought of doing any of the following make you excited?

  • Providing evidence-based instruction to teach students with dyslexia to read
  • Ensuring access to the general education curriculum for high school students with disabilities
  • Implementing the school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports framework to provide tiered levels of support to students with and without disabilities
  • Designing targeted strategies based on applied behavior analysis
  • Utilizing augmentative and alternative communication strategies and providing social skills instruction to students with autism
  • Providing community-based instruction to teach daily living and vocational skills to students with Down syndrome
  • Implementing the social emotional learning curriculum to promote the well-being of all students and to prevent bullying of and by students with disabilities.
If so, you have found the graduate program designed for you.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official standardized test score reports
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Analytical Essay (EdD and PhD applicants only)
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • We require official TOEFL or IELTS test score reports

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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