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4+1 Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

Make the most of your senior year and earn a master’s degree from the Department of Early and Special on an accelerated pace! The accelerated master’s degree program provides the opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to take up to 9 (nine) credits of graduate courses as seniors and have these courses simultaneously count for both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree here at Boise State University. In just five years, you can earn both a bachelor’s degree and one of the following master’s degrees: (a) Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) in Early Childhood Intervention, (b) Master in Teaching (M.I.T. in Special Education, or (c) Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early and Special Education.

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission, students must be Boise State undergraduates and must meet the following criteria by the end of the semester in which they apply:

  • Completion of at least 75 credits required for the undergraduate degree by the end of the application semester. The following courses are recommended prior to application but are not required: (a) ED-ESP 250 Exceptionality in the Schools or ED-ESP 350 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs at the Secondary Level, and (b) ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development or ED-CIFS 203 Educational Psychology or PSYC 309 Child Development.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate education courses (if taken).

A student’s career goals and the fit between those goals and an Early and Special Education MIT or MEd degree will be carefully considered, particularly with students who are majoring in disciplines outside of education and related fields. Thus, all students applying for the accelerated version of the ECI MIT, SPED MIT or ESP MEd degrees must schedule an appointment with the Early and Special Education graduate program coordinator or the department chair for a brief interview to discuss their career goals. In addition, students must meet with their undergraduate advisor to ensure that enrolling in an Early and Special Education accelerated master’s degree program will not delay completion of their undergraduate education and earning of their bachelor’s degree.

NOTES REGARDING ELIGIBILITY
  • Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated masters’ degree program at Boise State University.
  • Undergraduate students at other colleges and universities are not eligible to participate in this program.

How to Apply


Eligible students must submit an application by April 1, prior to the start of his or her senior year. Coursework for the accelerated master’s degree begins in summer. Application materials include:
    • An online application form and application fee.
    • A letter of application addressing the following: (a) a description of your career goals and professional interests and how the accelerated master’s degree program will help you attain them, and (b) an explanation of why you are choosing this particular program and why you will be a successful graduate student.
    • Two letters of recommendation – at least one from a professional who is in a position to speak knowledgeably about the applicant’s ability to work with children with disabilities and their families and at least one from a professional who is familiar with the student’s academic work and promise for successful graduate study.
    • For ECI MIT and SPED MIT programs (not required in ESP MEd): Passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics Test #5732. Students can obtain information about this test from the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org). The College of Education Office of Teacher Education can provide additional information, including passing scores.

Meeting the listed eligibility standards does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated master’s program. Acceptance is based upon an evaluation and recommendation provided by the Department of Early and Special Education to the Dean of the Graduate College who will make the final admission decision.

Registering for Classes

Students admitted into an accelerated master’s program in the Department of Early and Special Education will register for the courses identified below for their selected program beginning in the summer prior to the last two semesters of their undergraduate career.

      • Early Childhood Intervention Master in Teaching (ECI MIT)
        • Summer: ED-ESP 510 Foundations of Practice
        • Fall: ED-ESP 511 EI/ECSE Assessment or ED-ESP 512 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Early Childhood
        • Spring: ED-ESP 515 Early Intervention, Birth to Three: ECE/ECSE
      • Special Education Master in Teaching (SPED MIT)
        • Summer: ED-ESP 510 Foundations of Practice
        • Fall: ED-ESP 558 Assessment in Special Education or ED-ESP 554 Positive Behavior Programs
        • Spring: ED-ESP 541 Secondary Transition
      • Early and Special Education Master of Education (ESP MEd)
        • Summer:
          • If students have not taken ED-ESP 250 or ED-ESP 350 and ED-ESP 223 or ED-CIFS 203 or PSYC 309: ED-ESP 510 Foundations of Practice
          • If students have taken ED-ESP 250 or ED-ESP 350 and ED-ESP 223 or ED-CIFS 203 or PSYC 309: ED-ESP 513 Family Systems and Collaboration or ED-ESP 540 Disability/Special Education and the Law
        • Fall: ED-ESP 549 Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
        • Spring: ED-ESP 515 Early Intervention, Birth to Three: ECE/ECSE or ED-ESP 541 Secondary Transition

Registering for any 500-level course requires a Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses form, available via the Registrar’s Office website.

Receiving the Bachelor’s Degree

Students will be admitted to the Accelerated ECI MIT/SPED MIT/ESP MEd with “conditional” status, pending completion of the undergraduate degree. Once they complete their undergraduate degree requirements and the degree is posted by the Registrar’s Office, admitted students will be classified as Accelerated ECI MIT/SPED MIT/ESP MEd graduate students. At this time, they are eligible to apply to the graduate program for a Graduate Assistantship.

Academic Performance

Students accepted into the accelerated masters’ degree program are subject to all academic performance requirements published by the Graduate College, including semester GPA, program GPA, and individual course grade requirements. These requirements include maintaining a 3.0 GPA in the graduate level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree. For more information, consult the “Academic Performance” portion of the graduate catalog.

Contact Information

MIT Programs: Dr. Lisa Beymer, espmit@boisestate.edu
MEd Program: Dr. Patricia Hampshire, espgrad@boisestate.edu