Individuals interested in pursuing certification as a teacher in Idaho can choose to complete an education program leading to an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree; graduate certificates are also available to those who hold a bachelor's degree outside of education. Concentrations and specializations within the field of teaching are offered by some schools. Most programs include a practicum element, such as a student-teaching experience or internship.
Boise State University
For Idaho students interested in teaching at the K-12 level, Boise State University offers a range of teacher education options on its Boise campus. A student may earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education or a subject-specific bachelor's degree oriented toward secondary education. Students who already have an undergraduate degree can earn graduate certificates in K-12 education or master's degrees with a focus in elementary-level special education. The school's programs also allow students to specialize in areas like special education, bilingual or ESL education, early childhood studies or literacy. The Boise State programs prepare graduates for teacher certification. Individuals who choose the special education concentration are recommended for the Idaho Standard Exceptional Child Certificate after graduation.
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Attended by over 18,100 students, the Idaho campus of Brigham Young University, located in Rexburg, offers several different bachelor's programs in teaching and education. Students may choose from degree programs in early childhood/special education, elementary education or secondary education. Whichever specialization individuals choose, a semester of student teaching is required at the close of the degree program, most likely occurring in a distant site from the BYUI campus (e.g. Las Vegas, Boise or Salt Lake City).
College of Southern Idaho
A 2-year public school found in Twin Falls, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) offers certificate and associate's programs in a wide array of education areas. For example, students could enroll in the school's bilingual elementary education program, which consists of two years at CSI and another two years at Boise State University to complete the program. Alternatively students could pursue associate's or certificate programs in early childhood education or education assisting. Two-year degrees are also available in physical education, elementary education, secondary education and special education. Associate's degree programs are designed to prepare individuals for entry into a program to earn a bachelor's degree, which is needed for teacher certification.
College of Western Idaho
Located near the Oregon border in Nampa, the College of Western Idaho has a host of education degrees and certificates available, including four different programs in education. Students can choose between concentrations in athletic training, exercise science, K-12 and sport management. The four programs range between 66 and 70 credit hours and each requires students to finish an exit seminar in their final semester before graduating. Associate's degree programs are also available in early childhood, elementary and secondary education. Further studies to earn a bachelor's degree are needed to become certified as a teacher.
Idaho State University
Idaho State University (ISU) is an international teaching and research institution with locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, in addition to the main Pocatello campus. Students interested in teacher certification at ISU can pursue bachelor's or master's degrees in elementary, secondary or special education. All students complete at least some of teaching fieldwork required for certification during the course of the program.
All programs prepare graduates to apply for elementary or secondary teacher certification in the state of Idaho. Finally, post-baccalaureate students who would like to earn a graduate degree can pursue their Master of Education in Elementary Education or Secondary Education. Master's degree students in secondary education also have the opportunity to pursue graduate study in their content area specialization.
Lewis-Clark State College
Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) is located in Lewiston at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers near the Washington border. Bachelor's programs in elementary education and secondary education are offered at the college. The elementary education program includes a year-long internship in addition to 62 credits of professional coursework. Eight disciplines are offered for the secondary education program, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, and social science. Separate from the bachelor's programs, a special education certificate is also available.
North Idaho College
North Idaho College offers certificate and associate's degree programs on its Coeur d'Alene campus. Associate's degrees are available in elementary and secondary education. Both programs consist of 64 credit hours and require students to take extensive coursework in general education classes such as English, the arts and humanities, computer science and critical thinking before diving into the teaching core. The teaching core in the elementary education program consists of 24 credit hours while consisting of just nine in the secondary program. Transfer into a bachelor's degree program is needed for eventual teacher certification.
Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit university attended by over 2,200 students and located in Nampa. Bachelor's programs in elementary and secondary education are available at the school. Whichever program students choose, they must also select an area of specialization to teach in, such as math, English, science, kiniesology, psychology or Spanish.
The College of Idaho
A private not-for-profit university in Nampa, The College of Idaho awards degrees to students in 26 different specialties, including bachelor's degrees in secondary and elementary education. Master's degrees in teaching and curriculum and instruction are also offered. The Master of Arts in Teaching consists of 35-36 credit hours, the vast majority of which come through student teaching during the college's internship year; a total of 14 credit hours of traditional classroom training are also completed over the course of two summers. The curriculum and instruction program, on the other hand, emphasizes teaching English to non-native speakers and its 36 credit hours are much more focused on classroom learning than internship experience.
University of Idaho
Ranked as one of America's best public universities by The Princeton Review, the University of Idaho was founded in 1889 and is located in Moscow near the Washington border. Education-centered bachelor's degrees are available in the following concentrations at the University of Idaho: athletic training, career and technical education, dance, elementary education, exercise science and health, physical education, recreation and secondary education. Students pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees at the university could also choose from master's programs in career and technical education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, movement and leisure science, physical education pedagogy, rehabilitation counseling and human services, special education and technology training and development.
To become a certified teacher in Idaho, individuals must earn a degree in elementary, secondary and/or special education from an accredited university. Transcripts, a fingerprint card, an institutional recommendation and a PRAXIS assessment exam are also required.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Teaching Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Boise State University||4-year, public; midsize city|| B.A. in Elementary Education,
Secondary Teacher Certification Program
Graduate Certificate in K-12 Teaching,
Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching,
M.Ed. in Special Education
| $7,694 (in-state);
|Brigham Young University - Idaho||4-year, private not-for-profit; remote town|| B.S. in Early Childhood
B.S. in Secondary Education,
B.S. in Elementary Education
|$4,118 (rate for students who are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints)*|
|College of Southern Idaho||2-year, public; remote town|| A.A. in Special Education,
A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education,
A.A. in K-12 Physical Education,
A.A. in Secondary Education
| $3,360 (in-district);
|College of Western Idaho||2-year, public; rural fringe|| A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education,
A.A. in Elementary Education,
A.A. in Secondary Education
| $3,336 (in-district);
|Idaho State University||4-year, public; small city|| B.A/B.S. in Elementary Education,
B.A./B.S. in Secondary Education,
M.Ed. in Elementary Education,
M.Ed. in Secondary Education
| $7,420 (in-state);
|Lewis-Clark State College||4-year, public; small city|| B.A. in Elementary Education,
B.A. in Secondary Education,
B.A. in Special Education
| $6,618 (in-state);
|North Idaho College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Arts/Science in Education-Elementary or Middle School Teacher Education,
Associate of Arts/Science in Education-Secondary Education
| $3,396 (in-district);
|Northwest Nazarene University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize suburb|| B.A. in Elementary Education,
B.A. in Secondary Education
|The College of Idaho||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize suburb|| M.A. in Teaching,
M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
|University of Idaho||4-year, public; distant town|| B.S. in Secondary Education,
B.S. in Elementary Education,
B.S. in Physical Education,
M.Ed. in Special Education,
M.S. in Movement and Leisure Science,
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
| $7,864 (in-state);
Source: *NCES College Navigator