The Department of Early and Special Education at Boise State offers three graduate degree program options for students with a variety of professional goals in the field. All three graduate degree programs can be completed fully online in a traditional format or through an accelerated option for qualified undergraduate students.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early and Special Education degree program at Boise State University is designed to offer enhanced professional development in the related fields of early childhood intervention and special education for experienced special educators and other professionals who provide supports and services to individuals with disabilities. These individuals may be employed as early childhood interventionists, K-12 special education teachers, or may work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and their families in community or agency settings. This program allows flexibility for students to structure a program around their professional interests and also allows students to complete a graduate certificate program concurrently. This program, along with three of our graduate certificate programs, can be completed fully online. The M.Ed. in Early and Special Education does not lead to initial teacher certification nor does it require certification for admission.
The Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) programs in Early Childhood Intervention and Special Education culminate in both a Master’s degree and the following initial teacher certification in the state of Idaho (these certifications may or may not be reciprocated in other states):
- MIT in Early Childhood Intervention: Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended. This certification focuses on working with infants and young children from birth through third grade and their families in both regular education and special education settings.
- MIT in Special Education: Exceptional Child, Generalist K-12. This certification focuses on working with children in K-12 special education settings.
Students in the M.I.T. programs participate in extensive learning communities over four academic semesters with an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork in classroom and clinical settings. Students have field-based opportunities to directly apply strategies learned in coursework with the support of both university and school-based supervisors and peers. Both M.I.T. programs are fully online programs that can be completed in one year (summer-fall-spring-summer).