Certificate in Special Education

Certificate in Special Education

The certificate in Special Education is designed to enhance practicing educators’ knowledge and skill for teaching students who may have disabilities. This certificate is not intended for special educators but rather for general education professionals whose students include those who may have disabilities (regardless if they are receiving special education or related services). Therefore, it will be of practical help to teachers in inclusive classrooms, who participate in RTI (response to intervention), and who co-teach.

This certificate is designed for practicing educators who teach in a range of  inclusive schooling contexts, but who feel underprepared to meet their students’ needs. It is appropriate for educators in public, private, parochial and other religious schools.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of three courses for a total of nine credits.

How long will it take?

Full time or part time students will typically complete the certificate in one year.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 3 
  • Credits: 9

Application Information



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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office.

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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