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.

Learn more about our offerings in Special Education.

Students will enroll in three courses.  Course topics include special education (and related) teaching methods, developmental nature of disabilities, and special education policies & practices.  At least one course must be a teaching methods course. Course selection and focus on mild-moderate/high incidence disabilities or severe & multiple/low incidence disabilities will be made in consultation with a faculty advisor. All courses are relevant to educators who are not special educators.

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
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Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

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.


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
  • Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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