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Special Education or Early Childhood Intervention



The department’s teacher preparation programs in Early and Special Education Studies offer the best in research-based best practices in the schools. 

Education Building
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1725

Program Coordinators:
MIT Admissions (SPED & ECI)

Dr. Carrie Semmelroth 
(208) 426-2818


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 Degree in Teaching and initial certification over four academic semesters. Students in this fully online 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.

Degree Programs

Master in Teaching in Special Education, M.I.T.
Master in Teaching in Early Childhood Intervention, M.I.T.

Application Deadlines

March 1st: Applications due for those who plan to fill out the FAFSA
June 1st: Applications are due on June 1st before cohorts begin in the first week of July-availability may vary.


Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Awards cover full tuition and include a full stipend.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. A one to two page personal statement outlining your teaching philosophy and why you want to complete the program.
  4. Official Test Scores. Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics-Test #5732 (Passing Score-150). For more information on the Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Examinations please visit:
  5.  Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can write about your experience with children with disabilities.
  6. Must complete an Idaho State Department of Education Criminal Background Check through the office of Teacher Education at Boise State University during the first ESP-Seminar of the annual cohort before September 1st.