Education

Learning to Teach

Preparing the next generation of teachers

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. 

Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program complete two summers of study in addition to the fifth-year internship as part of their graduate degree program. The department also offers a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with emphases in TESOL and Bilingual for certified teachers. For more information, follow the link to "Graduate Programs" at the top of this page

Students completing programs leading to elementary or secondary education certification may elect to complete an endorsement for teaching literacy, English as a new language (ENL), or bilingual 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, learning from experienced educators who have a passion for teaching, 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 top-notch 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.