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Graduate Programs

In the College of Education at Boise State University you can choose from among more than two dozen programs to advance your career. The college offers two doctoral programs, 15 master’s degrees and six graduate certificate programs.

Doctoral Programs

If you want to lead improvements in education, then the College of Education’s Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can help prepare you for an outstanding career.

The curriculum and instruction doctoral program will help you gain a thorough understanding of schools today as well as what they can be in the future. You will acquire new insights into the complex world of teaching and learning. You will discover new ways work with other leaders to have a measurable and positive impact on current education programs and student learning.

If you want to explore the use of technology for effective teaching and learning in a dynamic, global society, then the College of Education’s Doctor of Education in Educational Technology can prepare you for the classrooms of the future.

This doctoral program will help you gain a thorough understanding of online teaching and learning, technology integration, academic technology leadership, innovative teaching in K-12 and higher education, educational software development for the web and mobile platforms, and educational games and simulations.

Masters Programs

Bilingual Education

In the Department of Bilingual Education, you can choose from two master’s degree programs that equip you with advanced skills in order to serve school children who have a limited proficiency in English.

The Master of Education in Bilingual Education prepares you to teach subjects in both Spanish and English, and to teach them in the context of both cultures.

In the Master of Education in English as a Second Language you will learn to teach students English, enabling them to succeed in schools where English is the language of instruction.

Counselor Education

The highly competitive Master of Arts in Counseling Program prepares you for addictions counseling and school counseling in a variety of settings. Only a limited number of students are admitted each year.

Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies

In the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction program you will learn how to turn the best of research-based practices into practical tools that advance learning and achievement. You also will gain skills needed to evaluate the effectiveness of your efforts.

In the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program you will gain the advanced skills needed to inspire and support people in order to continuously improve student learning and achievement.

The Master of Science in STEM Education is targeted toward in-service teachers and stresses current developments in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. In addition to subject matter knowledge, emphasis is placed on STEM pedagogy and educational research.

Educational Technology

In our Educational Technology master’s program, you participate online in inquiry and project-based education from anywhere around the world.

The Master of Education Technology program focuses on professional practice for those educators planning on a master’s as their terminal degree.

Literacy

Through the Master of Arts in Education, Literacy program, nationally recognized faculty members prepare you to take your place as a leader in literacy in public or private sectors.

Special Education and Early Childhood Studies

Two graduate programs in special education can prepare you with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to work as special a educator in public schools or to work with individuals with disabilities in community or agency settings.

The Master of Arts in Special Education program is designed for candidates interested in scholarly research and includes writing a thesis. The Master of Education in Special Education program is a non-thesis version that focuses on professional practice. It does include either completing a portfolio or completing a project.

Two graduate programs in early childhood studies can provide you the advanced knowledge and skills needed to work as an early childhood special educator or work with young children with disabilities and their families in community or agency settings.

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education and Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education are similar in course work requirements. But the Master of Arts degree includes writing a thesis and is designed for candidates interested in scholarly research. The Master of Education degree is a non-thesis program that focuses on professional practice. It does include either completing a portfolio or completing a project.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching program will prepare you to qualify for teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education in:

  • Secondary education, 6th through 12th grade.
  • Or kindergarten through 12th grade in art, music or physical education.

The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed for professionals in substance abuse education, prevention or intervention settings or licensed professionals seeking additional training in the treatment of substance use disorders.

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching focuses on skills and issues relating to this new instructional standard.

The Graduate Certificate in School Technology Coordination is an excellent way for you to become more proficient in the skills needed by today’s leaders in school technology.

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Integration will help you develop expert skills in integrating technology into learning.

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