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Contact info:

Terry Jentsch, Instructor
Special Education Program
College of Education
875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3080
Phone: (208) 885-7677
Email: tjentsch@uidaho.edu

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Master's Degree Options

The special education program and coursework is offered as an online course of study that is designed with your major professor or advisor.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education Program, offers a Master of Education program with four tracks:

  • B.S.Ed. | M.Ed
    The first track is available to undergraduate students at the University of Idaho who want to enter a unique program that includes an undergraduate degree in elementary or secondary education plus a Master’s Degree in Special Education in five years (graduate courses are taken after one semester of elementary or secondary internship). This program is designed for students who want to become Special Education teachers. Students graduate with dual certification, making their options for professional employment broader than the 4 year single major program.
  • Master's Only
    A third master’s degree track is available for experienced special educators who have a bachelor’s degree in special education or a closely related field. This track is appropriate for individuals who wish to earn a master’s degree while expanding their knowledge of the field. In this track, students register for a number of common courses covering topics designed to broaden teachers’ knowledge of special education strategies and promote professional development. Students also select, in conjunction with their advisor, additional classes to enhance their knowledge in a selected area of focus or may pursue the endorsement of Consulting Teacher. Students in this track culminate their experience with a master’s project, designed by working with their faculty advisor.
  • Master's plus Certification in Special Education
    The second track is available to people new to Special Education and affords the opportunity to earn a degree while gaining initial Special Education Exceptional Child K-12 teaching preparation and certification. Students, who pursue this track, will exit with the master’s degree and an Idaho teaching certification in Exception Child Generalist. Because this track results in initial preparation in special education, coursework is paired with field experience so that students will gain the opportunity to link their subject knowledge to pedagogy and practice. The culminating activity for students in this track is a semester-long full-time teaching internship during which students will gain valuable hands on experience.  Candidates in this track will already hold an elementary or secondary teaching certificate and have no previous degree in special education.
  • Master's plus Special Program Area
    A fourth track is available, as state funding supports are available, to concentrate on a special program of focus. For the 2010-2011 school year the area of focus is low incidence disabilities, including severe disabilities and Autism. In this track, students register for a number of designated courses covering topics designed to broaden teachers’ knowledge of special education strategies and promote professional development. Students in this track culminate their experience with a master’s project, designed by working with their faculty advisor. Please email CDHD Director, Julie Fodor for current information.