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Master of Education in Human Exceptionality (M.Ed.)

Program Description
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Program Description

The Master of Education in Human Exceptionality is designed to strengthen the student's understandings, knowledge, and skills in three major areas — Professional Studies, Specialty Studies, and Integrative Field Research Studies — as they relate to human exceptionality. The student may select one of two options for the Master's degree in Human Exceptionality:

  • Special Education
  • School Psychological Examiner
  1. The special educator will understand the field as an evolving and changing discipline.
  2. The special educator will know and demonstrate respect for his/her students first as unique human beings and contributing members of the community.
  3. The special educator will understand the appropriate use of various types of assessments.
  4. The special educator will adapt general curriculum by using a variety of instructional strategies and positive behavior supports.
  5. The special educator will collaborate with colleagues, families, and agencies to develop inclusive communities.


Applications will be reviewed and degree-seeking students will continue to be admitted until program capacity is reached.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Education in Human Exceptionality must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School and all college requirements for admission and retention.

Individuals applying for admission to the Master of Education program in Human Exceptionality must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all upper division credits taken at the undergraduate level.
  • A Score of 38 or above on the Miller Analogies test OR score at the 35th percentile or above on one of the sections of the Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical/Analytical Writing) See the Graduate Catalog for further information.
  • Submission of all required admission forms and application fee to the Office of Graduate Studies.

In that the mission of the Deaf Education program is to prepare individuals to become certified teachers of the Deaf, preference is given to individuals who have an undergraduate elementary, secondary or special education major and who have American Sign Language skills. However, individuals without this background should consider applying after consulting their respective state department of education for details regarding teacher of the Deaf certification/licensure.

General Requirements

Students completing a Master of education in Human Exceptionality must complete both a written comprehensive examination and an oral examination.

Additional Requirements for the Special Education Option

The student must either have an undergraduate special education major or a 14-credit undergraduate core of special education coursework including SPED 3330, SPED 3334, SPED 5523, SPED 5524 and SPED 5527. These courses will not be counted as part of the master's degree program. Persons seeking initial certification must also complete SPED 5529, SPED 5532, SPED 5538, SPED 5546, and complete the Idaho Technology Portfolio assessment.

In addition, elective credits to total a minimum of 33 semester credit hours for the Master's degree must be taken from relevant graduate-level courses. Elective credits must be approved in advance by the student's major advisor.

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