Department of Education

As a student in The College of Idaho’s Department of Education, you will gain a thorough knowledge of educational theory, best teaching practices, and the content you can apply in the classroom. We are committed to improving student learning in K-12 classrooms by preparing you to be an outstanding teacher. The department works collaboratively with K-12 practitioners, professional organizations, policy makers, and other departments across campus to support our students’ development as outstanding educators. Field experiences in K-12 classrooms are integrated with coursework throughout the program. Students preparing for elementary certification complete an interdisciplinary major that provides pedagogy as well as a significant background in mathematics, science, history, and social studies in addition to a minor in the humanities and fine arts. Students preparing to teach at the secondary level complete a content major in their first teaching field, a minor in education, and additional minors in two other PEAKS. One of these minors is normally a second teaching field. 

Both the elementary and secondary preparation programs culminate in a fifth-year internship with placements in multiple grade levels and, in the case of secondary candidates, different subject areas.

The Department also offers a minor in Education Studies for students who are not interested in obtaining certification as a teacher, but who wish to learn more about the field of education. 

Why study education at The College of Idaho? 

In your education coursework and the rest of your classes at The College of Idaho, you’ll experience professors who teach from the heart. Here, you’re in the perfect place to embark on a career in which you will impact countless young lives as an elementary, middle or high school teacher.

Career opportunities for education majors and minors 

The College of Idaho has a proud tradition of producing quality educators. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in teaching and school administration, earning countless awards, grants and recognitions for their outstanding work as educators in Idaho and around the world. Education majors may also go on to earn graduate and doctoral degrees and teach at the college level.