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BS in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (Ages 3-21) Boston University



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The Special Education Program at Boston University provides opportunities for students to prepare for careers as teachers in public and private school programs and in residential and vocational settings.

BU students specializing in the education of students with disabilities engage in a comprehensive course of study that includes a strong base in the arts and sciences, with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and math and science, as well as in education, in general, and in special education. Fieldwork in area schools with students with and without disabilities is threaded all throughout the students’ course of study.

Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (Ages 3–21) (total credits: 135)

Students choosing to specialize as a Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities learn about the educational needs of students with severe intellectual disabilities, developmental disorders including autism, and severe physical disabilities. Studies include the etiology of disabling conditions; the nature of services and programs for the individuals; and the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs and services for students. Central to the program are emphases on: (a) transdisciplinary approaches to services; (b) the involvement of families; and (c) the delivery of special education services in general education settings.

Learning Outcomes

Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment: Promotes the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis, and continuously refining learning objectives. (Well-Structured Lessons; Adjustments to Practice; Reflective Practice)

Teaching All Students: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency. (High Expectations; Meeting Diverse Needs; Safe Learning Environment)

Family and Community Engagement: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.

Professional Culture: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice. (Meeting Diverse Needs)

Demonstrates Subject Matter Knowledge: Shows depth and breadth of knowledge needed?to teach the subject matter to students as evidenced by lesson planning and implementation.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BS in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (Ages 3-21).

Full Time (135 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 02 Sep


Wheelock College of Education and Human Development

Two Silber Way,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Apply as a first-year student if you are currently in your last year of high school, have completed high school, are a GED recipient, or have completed a high school equivalency exam.

English Proficiency Testing Results:

Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - A total/overall score of 7 or higher will also satisfy BU’s English Language proficiency requirement for all programs.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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