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The Department of Early and Special Education at Boise State prepares teachers at the pre-service and in-service levels to more effectively serve all students from birth through 12th grade, with special emphasis on those students with disabilities. The department offers programs for bachelor and master degrees, and undergraduate and graduate certificates, as well as an accelerated master degree option for qualified undergraduate students.


The department offers four Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs that lead to single or dual Idaho teaching certifications, and one Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree that does not lead to certification.

Undergraduate Certificate

The department offers four undergraduate certificate programs that align with professional roles outside of classroom teaching in early intervention and special education. Completion of these Boise State certificate programs does not lead to Idaho teaching certification.

Accelerated Master Degree Program

The accelerated master degree option in early and special education provides qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to take up to nine credits of graduate courses as seniors and have these courses simultaneously count for both their bachelor and master degrees.

Graduate Degree Programs - 100% Online

Master and Doctor

The department offers two master degree program options for students with a variety of professionals goals in the field. Both the MIT and MEd can be completed fully online in a traditional format or through an accelerated option for qualified undergraduate students. Additionally, the department offers the Early Childhood Emerging Leaders program to support select early educators to earn an emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership within the MEd program. The department supports Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction students to pursue a cognate in special education or early childhood within their doctoral program of study. However, because this cognate is aligned with your doctoral program of study, this may not be a fully online program.

Graduate Certificate - 100% online

The department offers four graduate certificate programs that align with a variety of professional roles in early intervention and special education.

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