Certificate in Special Education

Certificate in Special Education

Develop your knowledge and skill for teaching students who may have disabilities. This certificate is not intended for special educators, but for general education professionals such as teachers in inclusive classrooms, participants in RTI (response to intervention), and co-teachers.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of 3 courses and 9 credits.

How long will it take?

This certificate may be completed in one year.

When can I start?

You can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. 


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.


  • Courses: 3
  • Credits: 9




Application & Deadlines

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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
  • any licenses already held
  • any social justice related experience
  • any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills)
  • any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

A personal statement is 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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