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Master of Education in Elementary Education

The 30-credit minimum non-thesis Master's degree in Elementary Education is a combination of pedagogy and content; designed for the elementary school teacher. This degree will permit the practicing teacher to acquire greater depth in STEM (or single subject mathematics, geology, physical science, or biology), ESL/TESOL, foreign language, English/language arts, history/social science, or another Idaho SBOE approved elementary subject matter content certification or endorsement area.

  1. The advanced elementary education professional, through the core curriculum and other course work, is expected to meet the core standards for advanced professionals.
  2. The advanced elementary education professional is expected to meet Idaho Core Teacher Standards and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Core Propositions.
  3. The advanced elementary education professional is expected to extend their subject matter depth in STEM, (or single subject mathematics, geology, physical science, or biology), ESL/TESOL, foreign language, English/language arts, history/social science, or another Idaho SBOE approved elementary subject matter content certification or endorsement area.
  4. The advanced elementary education professional is expected to utilize the knowledge of subject area concentration in specific applications and assessments within the educational methods curriculum.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants for the Master of Education in Elementary Education must meet all college requirements for admission and retention. Those include previous teaching experience or current certification to teach in Idaho or another state.

General Requirements

Educational Core (A minimum of 9 credits)

  • EDUC6601 Research and Writing 3 cr
  • EDUC6602 Theories of Learning 3 cr
  • EDUC6610 Applied Educational Statistics 3 cr

Educational Pedagogy (A minimum of 6 credits)

Select a minimum of 6 credits from the list below:

  • EDLT6616 Integration of Technology into School Curriculum 3 cr
  • EDUC6622 Educational Assessment And Evaluation 3 cr
  • EDUC6630 Advanced Elementary Methods 3 cr
  • EDUC 6641 Advanced Studies in K-12 Curriculum 3 cr
  • Or another advisor approved EDUC elective

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • EDUC6670 Seminar in Elementary Education 3 cr

Content Area (12 credits)

Applicants are instructed to see their education advisor for an outline of the 12 hours of approved electives from among graduate-level courses in STEM (or single subject mathematics, geology, physical science, or biology), ESL/TESOL, foreign language, English/language arts, history/social science, or another Idaho SBOE approved elementary subject matter content certification or endorsement area. NOTE: For the STEM content designation to be earned additional content hours across the STEM disciplines is required.

Check with your academic advisor to obtain a current list of approved STEM courses.

NOTE: At least 15 credits of 6600-level course work must be completed for this degree program.

Please see the Graduate Catalog for a list of the Education Core and Educational Pedagogy credits. For Content Area credits, applicants are instructed to see their education advisor for an outline of the 12 hours of approved electives from among graduate-level courses in mathematics, science, history/social science, or English/language arts.

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Master of Education in Secondary Education

The 30-credit minimum non-thesis Master's degree in Secondary Education is a combination of pedagogy and content; designed for the secondary school teacher. This degree will permit the practicing teacher to acquire greater depth in STEM, (or single subject mathematics, geology, physical science, or biology), ESL/TESOL, foreign language, English/language arts, history/social science, or another Idaho SBOE approved secondary subject matter content certification or endorsement area.

  1. The advanced secondary education professional, through the core curriculum and other course work, is expected to meet the core standards for advanced professionals.
  2. The advanced secondary education professional is expected to meet Idaho Core Teacher Standards and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Core Propositions.
  3. The advanced secondary education professional is expected to extend their subject matter depth in STEM, (or single subject mathematics, geology, physical science, or biology), ESL/TESOL, foreign language, English/language arts, history/social science, or another Idaho SBOE approved elementary subject matter content certification or endorsement area.
  4. The advanced secondary education professional is expected to utilize the knowledge of subject area concentration in specific applications and assessments within the educational methods curriculum.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants for the Master of Education in Secondary Education must meet all college requirements for admission and retention. Those include previous teaching experience and/or current certification to teach in Idaho or another US state.

General Requirements

Educational Core (A minimum of 9 credits)

  • EDUC 6601 Research and Writing 3 cr
  • EDUC 6602 Theories of Learning 3 cr
  • EDUC 6610 Applied Educational Statistics 3 cr

Educational Pedagogy (A minimum of 6 credits) Select a minimum of 6 credits from the list below:

  • EDLT 6616 Integration of Technology into School Curriculum 3 cr
  • EDUC 6622 Educational Assessment and Evaluation 3 cr
  • EDUC 6631 Advanced Secondary Methods 3 cr
  • EDUC 6641 Advanced Studies in K-12 Curriculum 3 cr
  • Or another advisor approved EDUC elective

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • EDUC 6671 Seminar in Secondary Education 3 cr

Content Area (12 credits)

Applicants are instructed to see their education advisor for an outline of the 12 hours of approved electives from among graduate-level courses in STEM, (or single subject mathematics, geology, physical science, or biology), ESL/TESOL, foreign language, English/language arts, history/social science, or another Idaho SBOE approved secondary subject matter content certification or endorsement area. NOTE: For the STEM content designation to be earned additional content hours across the STEM disciplines is required. Check with your academic advisor to obtain a current list of approved STEM courses.

NOTE: At least 15 credits of 6600-level course work

Please see the Graduate Catalog for a list of the Education Core and Educational Pedagogy credits. For Content Area credits, applicants are instructed to see their education advisor for an outline of the 12 hours of approved electives from among graduate-level courses in mathematics, science, history/social science, or English/language arts.

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Master of Education in K-12 Education (Music Education)

The Master of Education in Music Education is designed to strengthen the student's understanding, knowledge, and skills in three major areas — Core professional Studies, Specialty Studies, and Integrative Field Research Studies — as they relate to music education. The program is designed to meet the needs of music education specialists who work in the public school sytem (grades K-12), or who aspire to further graduate study and teaching in music education.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants for the Master of Education in K-12 Education must meet all college requirements for admission and retention.

Individuals applying for admission to the Master of Education in Music Education must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree in music from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. It is expected that students will meet basic requirements for public school certification.
  3. Completion of entrace examinations in music history and music theory. Students whose examination indicate deficiencies will be granted Classified (w/ PR) Status. Any course used to remove deficiencies does not count toward the degree. When deficiences have been removed, the student may seek Classified Status.

General Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours for the Master's degree. Students seeking Idaho Certification in the area of their training must meet any requirements of the State Board of Education for certification. It is recommended that students have professional experience in an educational context.

Please see the Graduate Catalog for a list of the Educational Core and Pedagogy and Content credits.

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Master of Education with Child and Family Studies Emphasis

The goal of the Early Childhood Education and Intervention Program is to prepare professionals who have the necessary knowledge, dispositions, and abilities to:

  1. Enhance learning and development of young children, with and without disabilities, between the ages of birth and third grade.
  2. Establish collaborative relationships with families and other professionals in ways that produce positive outcomes for young children.
  3. View their own professional development as a lifelong endeavor.
  4. Advocate for children, families, and the early childhood profession.

Admission Requirements

The candidate must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants for the Master of Education with Child and Family Studies Emphasis must meet all college requirements for admission and retention.

General Requirements

The Master of Education with Child and Family Studies Emphasis is designed to strengthen the student's understanding, knowledge and skills in three major areas — Core Professional Studies, Integrative Field Research Studies and Specialty Studies — as they relate to Child and Family Studies.

The student must select one of the following option areas for the Master of Education with Child and Family Studies Emphasis:

  • Family Studies
  • Early Childhood Education and Intervention

Applicants enter the program after completion of the Bachelor's degree. All candidates completing a Master of Education with Child and Family Studies Emphasis must complete a written comprehensive examination and an oral examination; a case study/project OR case study/project/internship combination OR a thesis.

Please see the Graduate Catalog for a list of the Required Core Professional Studies and Integrative Field Research Studies credits, as well as additional credit requirements for the Family Studies option and Early Childhood Education and Intervention option. Additional elective credits to toal a minimum of 36 credits must be approved in advance by the student's major advisor.

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