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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.

Master’s Programs

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.

The Ed.S. in Executive Education Leadership Program develops educational leaders who have the commitment and capabilities to lead school districts where all students succeed.

Early and Special Education

The Master in Teaching in Special Education and the Master in Teaching in Early Childhood Intervention are the only graduate programs in Idaho that make it possible for you to earn both a Master’s in Teaching (MIT) and initial certification over four academic semesters. Students in the program participate in a learning community where the emphasis is on collaboration and teamwork in the classroom and clinical settings. You will have the opportunity to directly apply strategies learned in coursework with the support of both university and school-based supervisors and with peers.

Successful completion of this fully online program enables you for initial licensure in special education K-12 (SPED) or Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (ECE/ECSE) with the Idaho State Department of Education. This program may or may not provide initial licensure in other states.

The Master of Education in Early & Special Education, M.Ed. program is committed to providing professional development opportunities that result in highly qualified special educators. The program is designed for experienced professionals who seek advanced knowledge and skills in the field of early childhood studies and special education. Such professionals may be employed as early childhood interventionists, K-12 special education teachers or they may work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and their families in community or agency settings.

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, Language and Culture

The Department of Literacy, Language and Culture offers degrees that reflect a balanced approach to literacy learning and prepares educational professionals to work effectively with diverse student populations in K-8 general, bilingual, and English as a New Language (ENL) classrooms. The coursework prepares candidates to apply foundational knowledge from literacy, linguistics and language acquisition theory and to develop, implement, and manage culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, performance tasks , and assessments in the K-8 classroom.

Graduate Certificate Programs

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

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.