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Master in Teaching degrees offer path to K-12 and special education teaching

Rich Smith teaching sixth grade math
Rich Smith, College of Education alumnus, teaches 6th grade at Whittier Elementary in Boise.

Are you thinking of becoming an educator or ready to start a graduate program? Now is a great time to consider the possibilities! The Master in Teaching (MIT) in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, P-8 Special Education and Special Education provide a wide range of options to become a teacher. No previous teaching experience or education degree required, and graduates of the MIT programs earn both teaching certification and a master’s degree.

The MIT, Elementary Education program begins each January and covers four semesters: Spring, Summer, Fall and Spring. This degree leads to initial certification with a Standard Instructional Certificate including endorsements in all subjects K-8, and an additional middle-level grades 5-9 or 6-12 endorsement area with the Idaho State Department of Education. A majority of graduates will find full-time employment in an elementary or junior high/middle school classroom.

The MIT, Secondary Education program is offered in a hybrid format, combining online and face-to-face learning. The program begins each May and includes three semesters: Summer, Fall and Spring. This degree enables initial licensure with a Standard Instructional Certificate in one or two endorsable content areas (grades 6-12) with the Idaho State Department of Education. Content areas are listed on the MIT, Secondary Education web page. A majority of graduates will find full-time employment in a junior high/middle school, high school or alternative school classroom.

The MIT, P-8 Special Education program is delivered 100% online, leading to recommendation for the Exceptional Child Generalist K-8 teaching certification and an Early Childhood Special Education endorsement (ages 3-5 years) with the Idaho State Department of Education. A majority of graduates find full-time employment working with diverse learners of all abilities in an elementary school classroom or early childhood setting.

The MIT, Special Education program is delivered 100% online, leading to recommendation for initial licensure for the Exceptional Child Generalist K-12 teaching certification. Graduates from this program have multiple options to teach students with disabilities of any age and ability level from kindergarten through 12th grade. A majority of graduates can find full-time employment in an elementary, junior high/middle school or high school classroom, while others move toward leadership positions as advocates for children with disabilities at the school, district, or state level.

Contact information for each degree can be found at the bottom of each program page by clicking on the “Request More Information” link. Guidelines and forms for graduate students as well as information about costs and scholarships can also be found on each program page.