Diverse, Top-Ranked Teacher Preparation Paths at BSU
Boise State University appears in our ranking of the 19 Best Online Doctorates in Educational Technology.
On Cesar Chavez Lane, the College of Education confers a 120-credit Special Education BA for Boise State University Broncos to earn Idaho’s K-12 Exceptional Child Generalist certification after courses from Positive Behavior Intervention to Emergent Literacy with 100 practicum hours plus 10-week teaching internships. Chaired by Dr. Jennifer Snow, the Blended Early Childhood Education BA follows a 120-credit, CAEP-accredited track to Birth-3 licensure with opportunities to join Kappa Delta Pi, engage in the Boise Children’s Center, teach abroad in Costa Rica, and intern at New Horizon Academy. Other undergrad degrees include the Elementary Education BA, Educational Studies BA, Theatre Education BA, English Education BA, History Education BA, and Math Education BA.
Online on Canvas starting Spring 2020, the Educational Technology MS will deliver a 33-credit, GRE-optional sequence of 500-level Web courses like Instructional Design and Distance Education Evaluation costing $478 per credit with required thesis research projects. Directed by Dr. Kelly Cross, the Educational Leadership MEd starts 30-credit, five-term cohorts each August with evening courses after 5 PM and daytime internships, such as Longfellow Elementary or Renaissance High, to earn Idaho’s K-12 Principal endorsement.
Additional post-grad offerings include the Bilingual Education MEd, Literacy Education MA, School Counseling MA, Special Education MEd, Instructional Interventions Certificate, Mathematical Thinking for Instruction Certificate, and Curriculum & Instruction EdD.
About Boise State University
Boise State University originated in 1932 when the Episcopal Church acquired St. Margaret’s Hall to open Boise Junior College for an inaugural class of 70 paying $60 per semester. In 1934, the Board of Directors voted to end its affiliation with the Episcopal Diocese. In 1939, local citizens approved public funding for the Boise Junior College District. The next year, BJC moved to its current location along the Boise River. In 1958, Boise Junior College’s football team won its first NJCAA championship title. In 1965, the Idaho Legislature approved its four-year status to become Boise College. In 1969, Governor Don Samuelson signed legislation to rename it Boise State College. In 1974, the Boise State University name was adopted by Governor Cecil Andrus. In 1992, BSU formed its earliest doctoral program for a Doctor of Education (EdD). By 2011, Boise State had founded the Pesky Award for International Teaching.
Endowed for $111.3 million, Boise State University now employs 1,544 faculty inspiring 22,033 undergrad and 3,471 post-grad Broncos from 60 countries online, on its 285-acre “City of Trees” campus near Julia Davis Park, or at four extensions with 200+ clubs like Teacher Education Ambassadors. In 2019, BSU accepted a City of Boise Excellence in Architecture Design Award. In 2018, Boise State won a NASPA Student Affairs Excellence Award. Boise State University received a 2019 Alpha Tau Omega Chapter Excellence Award too. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Boise the 42nd most innovative school and 39th top teaching college. On Niche, BSU boasts America’s 209th best student life and 233rd top public education. Forbes named Boise State University the 227th best research institution. College Factual picked BSU 259th for education degrees. Washington Monthly chose Boise State 160th in the West.
Boise State University Accreditation Details
On July 8, 2019, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) mailed formal notification to Boise State University that the Level VI accreditation status was reaffirmed through the Spring 2022 mid-cycle evaluation under Dr. Marlene Tromp, who received the North American Victorian Studies Association President’s Award. Located 505 miles northwest via Interstate 84 in Redmond, Washington, this significant seven-state Cascadia Region accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to review BSU’s two associates, 53 bachelor’s, 31 master’s, and nine doctoral degrees. Further, the College of Education was approved by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in October 2016.
Boise State University Application Requirements
Admission to Boise State University is classified as “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because 6,808 of the 8,330 Fall 2018 applicants were victorious for selective 82 percent acceptance. First-year Broncos galloping into the College of Education must finish a secondary diploma or GED equivalent. Passing eight English, six math, and six science semesters in high school is required. The Class of 2022 presented an average GPA of 3.45. The middle 50th percentile had SAT scores of 1000-1210. Mid-range admitted ACT scores were 20-26. Declaring any Education BA major requires fulfilling lower-division prerequisite credits though. The Teacher Education Department requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. Undergrads must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test with 150 or better scores. International students need at least 67 TOEFL iBT or 5.5 IELTS scores in English. Graduate College entrants must verify four-year bachelor’s completion with GPAs above 3.0. Some programs mandate a minimum 147 verbal and 148 quantitative GRE score. Clean background checks and current K-12 teacher certification are also requested.
Boise State University has undergrad deadlines of December 15th for non-residents and February 15th for Idaho residents. For Spring starts, there’s one deadline of October 1st. The College of Education has wide-ranging graduate program deadlines. For example, the TESOL Education MA closes on January 15th and September 15th. The Curriculum & Instruction MA considers cohorts until April 1st, July 1st, and November 1st. Master in Teaching cohorts must apply before April 1st. Prospective students submit the BSU Application online for $50 ($65 if graduate). Send official transcripts to 1910 West University Drive in Boise, ID 83725. Extra materials, such as the Praxis test scores, 2-3 recommendations, personal statement, resume, and K-12 teaching certificate, are added. Contact (208) 426-1134 or firstname.lastname@example.org with program-specific questions.
Tuition and Financial Aid
For 2019-20, Boise State University is billing full-time Idaho undergrads $4,034 per semester or $8,068 annually. Non-resident bachelor’s tuition is $12,494 by term or $24,988 each year. Studying part-time incurs $367 to $724 per credit. Overload credits over 16 cost $252 apiece. Summer courses are discounted to $315 per credit. Living at on-campus housing like Keiser Hall adds $4,000 to $7,200 for yearly rent. Standard meal plans for SouthFork Market are $4,400 extra. BSU budgets $1,200 for books and $3,490 for personal expenses. Annual undergrad attendance equals $23,076 in-state or $39,158 out-of-state. The Graduate College charges Idahoans $4,823 and non-residents $13,283 per semester. Traditional post-grad studies cost $470 to $827 per credit. Online master’s programs are priced at $478 per credit.
According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in Administration Building Room 113 links 84 percent of new full-time BSU Broncos to tuition assistance averaging $10,533 each for $19.07 million combined. College of Education funds include the Annette Jeanine Ahrens Memorial Scholarship, Bette Joy Teacher Scholarship, Columbian Club Scholarship, Dr. Constance Wyzard Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Janet Evans Worthington Scholarship, Frances Woods Scholarship, Ada Hatch Scholarship, Jerry Young Memorial Scholarship, Kenneth & Shirley Hill Teacher Scholarship, Rosa Parks Leadership Scholarship, Cheryl Shurtleff-Young Scholarship, and Virgil & Katherine Young Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship gifts $5,000 annually to in-state freshmen with a minimum 28 ACT or 1300 SAT score. The $3,000 Dean’s Transfer Scholarship has a February 15th deadline for undergrads with 14+ credits and GPAs above 3.70. Federal resources, including the TEACH Grant and Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, require FAFSA forms coded 001616. Idahoans also apply for the Opportunity Scholarship, Tschudy Family Scholarship, IHSA Staff Scholarship, Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship, and more.
Keep reading about Boise State University at the Teacher Education Department website.