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MEd Early and Special Education

100% Online Program

The Master of Education (MEd) in Early and Special Education is a fully online program that is designed to offer enhanced professional development in the related fields of early childhood intervention and special education. This program is for students who are experienced early childhood educators, general or special education teachers as well as intervention and related professionals.

The MEd in Early and Special Education allows flexibility for students to structure a program around their professional interests. Importantly, the MEd in Early and Special Education does not lead to initial teacher certification nor does it require certification for admission. If you are interested in initial certification, please review our MIT P-8 Special Education and MIT Special Education (K-12) programs.

MEd students also have the opportunity to complete a graduate certificate program concurrently if interested. Current graduate certificate programs include: Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Early Childhood Intervention Services and Supports, and Early Childhood Special Education.

For intervention and related professionals, the MEd in Early and Special Education meets the Department of Health and Welfare’s requirements to work as an Intervention Professional if they have also completed 1200 hours with a Developmental Disability Agency (DDA). The Department of Health and Welfare maintains a list of DDAs. Further, once these hours and the MEd have been completed, individuals have the opportunity to work for a DDA as an Independent Intervention Professional. For information on the differences between an Independent Intervention Professional and an Intervention Professional, contact the Department of Health and Welfare.

The Master of Education in Early and Special Education program is 100% online.

Department Name: Department of Early and Special Education

Official Degree Name: Master of Education in Early and Special Education

Degree Type: Master of Education

If you are seeking teaching certification and a master’s degree, please refer to our Master in Teaching (MIT) programs:

MIT in Early Childhood Intervention

MIT in Special Education 

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of this program may be employed as early childhood interventionists, P-12 general or special education teachers, or may work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and their families in community or agency settings.

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Earn a graduate degree from one of the Northwest’s top 3 colleges of education.

Boise State stands out for its high-quality and high-value programs. Full-time in-state tuition is estimated at $9,638, and out-of-state at $26,558 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Source: 2021 US News and World Report

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Boise State provides an affordable, quality education to improve your future. Scholarship opportunities are available for residents and nonresidents, making it even more affordable to attain a quality education.

The College of Education also offers a range of scholarship opportunities. 

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