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Educational Therapist Programs in Idaho

As an Idaho resident wanting to become an educational therapist, you probably already know that a wealth of academic opportunities await you in the field all throughout the state. However, with so many different programs and degrees available, it can become overwhelming and difficult to determine which one is right for you. That's why we've created this handy guide to the different degree types available from most accredited colleges and universities in the state, as well as a brief overview of just what you can and can't do with the degree that you will earn.

Associate's Degree: The associate's degree is the lowest level of higher education one can obtain. These degrees are almost always earned at a community college and typically take around two years to achieve. Associate's degrees are considered quite affordable and easy to obtain. However, they are not the most useful degrees, especially not in the field of educational therapy, where a high level of education is an absolute necessity. While you can easily use the credits earned while pursuing an associate's degree by transferring them to an accredited bachelor's degree program, that is basically all this degree will be good for in the long run.

Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor's degree in the educational therapy world is more of a jumping off point than anything else. This degree is necessary to pursue higher levels of education. It is most often obtained in about four years and is designed to provide students with a thorough overview of the field of educational therapy as a whole. However, since the study is not highly specialized, individuals with this degree alone can only work very basic, entry level, or assisting positions in the field. For the better, more highly paid jobs, at least a master's degree will be necessary.

Master's Degree: Most working educational therapists in the state of Idaho will possess at least a master's degree. These degrees provide you with a very in depth knowledge and focus on your particular area of interest. They are earned in anywhere from one to three years, dependent upon several factors, and make holders eligible for licensure and certification in the state. Degree programs are designed to accommodate working adults, and many classes are held online or during the evening hours. Also, those with unrelated bachelor's degrees can still be accepted to educational therapy master's degree programs.

PhD: The highest level of education a person can have is a PhD, also commonly referred to as a doctoral degree. Educational therapists who earn this degree do so due to years of hard work, study, and dedication. A doctoral degree takes, on average, about seven years to earn and requires extensive work and research in the field. However, those who hold this degree can enjoy their pick of any job in the field they desire, including the most prestigious and/or "cushy" jobs, as well as the highest possible salary. This degree is not for everyone, but those who earn it definitely benefit.