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Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Early and Special Education offers a limited number of competitive graduate assistantship opportunities to students in the following programs: (a) Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) in Early Childhood Intervention, (b) Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) in Special Education, (c) Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early and Special Education, and (d) Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education or Early Childhood. Graduate assistantships typically cover a 9-month position that includes a stipend, tuition and fee waiver, and student health insurance.

Currently the department is seeking graduate assistants interested in engaging in research and service related to learning disabilities, inclusive early childhood education, secondary transition services and behavioral interventions and supports (more information about specific opportunities is provided below).

If you are interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship opportunity, please complete an application. Review of applications will begin on March 1st and continue on a rolling basis.

College of Education Graduate Assistant Application

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

  • Learning Disabilities Focus: Graduate assistants working in our Special Education Collaborative with the Lee Pesky Learning Center work 20 hours each week at the center where they receive training in reading, writing and math instruction for students with learning disabilities, receive intensive mentoring as they progress from being an observer, to guided teaching, and then to participate in the ongoing research opportunities at the center.
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education Focus: Graduate assistants working in our Early Childhood Collaborative with the Boise State Children’s Center will work 20 hours each week at the center with a focus on developing strong teaching and research skills with children, ages 0-5. Research and teaching activities will focus on inclusive early childhood education as well as best practices in early childhood science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • Secondary Transition Services: Graduate assistants working on secondary transition services will collaborate 2o hours per week with department faculty with a focus on expanding opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to pursue postsecondary education at Boise State University and across Idaho.
  • Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Graduate assistants working on behavioral interventions and supports will collaborate 20 hours per week with department faculty with a focus on enhancing services and supports for children with challenging behavior in a variety of contexts.
  • Early Math Focus: Graduate assistants focused on early math research, intervention, and development will work 20 hours each week with department faculty developing strong research skills. Research activities will focus on conducting content reviews of early math intervention and curricula programs. Research activities will also focus on conducting high quality meta-analyses and systematic reviews of the literature for dissemination to research and practitioner outlets.