Special Education


Master's degree in Special Education

Head of Program: Prof. Sigal Eden | sigal.eden@biu.ac.il

Studies in the Special Education program are designed for educators and people working in the field of special education in order deepen training in up-to-date theoretical and scientific knowledge in the field of special education and its practical implication.

Our students acquire extensive and varied knowledge in special education and on the topics of the forensic sciences and the fields of autism, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. The program invites expansive thinking on critical educational issues in numerous special education fields, including various disabilities (autism, intellectual disability, and learning disabilities), socio-emotional problems, metacognition, language thinking, and interpersonal relations.

Graduates of the program serve in key positions in the special education system in Israel, including professional training and management positions.

Framework of Studies

The program includes extensive theoretical courses and practicum in dynamic diagnosis and accredits a Master's degree in Special Education. Studies include courses such as socio-emotional functioning and neurological aspects of communication, brain and cognition, theoretical and applied aspects of learning disabilities and instruction, memory disorders, mechanisms of conservation and compensation in a population with intellectual disabilities.

This program is designed for teachers, therapy professionals, educational counselors, kindergarten teachers, psychologists, speech therapists and graduates of B.A. degrees in all fields of the social sciences. There is a preference for students with work experience in special education.

The duration of studies is two years (four semesters) and are taught on Sundays and Thursdays.

               First year of studies - Thursdays
               Second year of studies – Sundays

The study program and days of studies are subject to change

Course Completion

The number of completion courses (up to 3 possible courses) will be determined based on applicant's study background.

In addition, the students are required to complete the basic studies in Judaism and English, as detailed on the website of the M.A. Admissions Committee (Hebrew): http://graduate-school.biu.ac.il/takanon.


Study Course

The Special Education program has two main tracks:

Track A- Master's degree with a thesis

This track is intended for students interested in obtaining a master's degree (M.A.) with a written research work (thesis) as part of their studies. Students who choose this track are under the guidance of academic faculty who are leading researchers in their respective fields. Students can specialize in social-emotional or cognitive issues in various disabilities (learning disability, language impairment, autism, emotional disorders, intellectual disability, and sensory impairment).

The academic theoretical courses in this track consist of 18 hours per year. After completion of the academic theoretical studies, students are given an additional (third) year to submit their thesis.

Track B - Master's degree without a thesis

This program is intended for students who wish to obtain an M.A. without a written research work (thesis). The program offers a variety of courses that encompass academic-cognitive and social-emotional issues in children with diverse disabilities. Studies include the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and professional skills, and participation in research courses. Students studying in this track are required to pass a final examination on learned material to be determined by the M.A. Committee of the School of Education.

Click to see the study program for the 2019-2020 school year (1st year) (Hebrew)

(Click to see the study program for the 2019-2020 school year (2nd year) (Hebrew


Admission requirements

Applicants must

  • Be bachelor's degree graduates in education or similar fields (e.g. psychology, brain science, behavioral sciences, etc.) with an average grade of 85 or above from an accredited university or college
  • Have experience in education or special education
  • Provide recommendations- an academic recommendation and a letter of recommendation from an employer
  • Pass a personal interview


Application Process

  1. Two recommendations must be sent – a letter of recommendation from an employer and an academic recommendation (students who completed their degree requirements beyond the two year period can instead submit two letters of recommendation letters from an employer).

    1. Academic recommendation form (Hebrew) - Recommendations from a lecturer in an academic course (preferably a seminar course)
    2. Letter of recommendation from an employer (Hebrew) - Recommendation from a professional who knows the candidate from field experience.

The recommendations must arrive at the School of Education, the secretariat for M.A. studies directly from the person providing the recommendation and not from the applicant and in one of the following formats:

Email: Toar2.Edu@biu.ac.il

Fax: 03-738-4123

Mail: Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002, School of Education, M.A. studies

Applicants can register online at the Bar-Ilan University website or by purchasing a registration kit from the Aakdemon store on campus (building 107). 

After registration, any additional material should be sent to the M.A. Committee office and must include:

  • Graduation certificate – official and original copy (should include the stamp of the accredited university or establishment, signature, and establishment logo)
  • Academic transcript/Official grade report – official and original copy (should include the stamp of the accredited university or establishment, signature, and establishment logo)
  • An updated curriculum vida (CV)
  • Photograph of Israeli identity card (Te'udat Zehut)
  • A passport picture


An invitation to an interview is dependent on the completion of registration and confirmation of receiving the abovementioned forms by the university.

Applicants who are eligible will be invited to an interview

The above mentioned are the minimum requirements and do not guarantee acceptance


For more information, please refer to the program secretariat: meytal.goldberger@biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-531-8456

Fax: 03-738-4123

Telephone reception hours Sunday through Thursday: 10: 30-11: 30 and 13: 30-14: 30


Reception hours on Sunday, Wednesday between the hours of 11: 30-14: 00 and on Mondays, Thursdays between 8:30 and 10:30.

On Tuesdays, there is no reception


Last Updated Date : 03/01/2023