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Overview

Gain a thorough knowledge of educational theory, best teaching practices and content you can apply in the classroom.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Encourage ongoing conversations about meaningful issues central to a liberal arts education.
  • Learn from experienced educators who have a passion for teaching.
  • Use coursework and field work to prepare yourself to be an outstanding teacher.
  • Join C of I's proud tradition of exceptional educators.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Precertification Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Professional Studies & Enhancements

Courses and Requirements

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50-52 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Interdisciplinary Requirements

Complete the following five courses (17 Credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-200 Introduction to the History of United States 3 credits
MAT-221 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 4 credits
MAT-222 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 4 credits
POE-100 Essentials of American Government 3 credits
PSY-221 Educational Psychology 3 credits

 

Complete the following Education courses (these meet the pre-certification requirements of the Idaho State Department of Education):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
EDU-202 Introduction to Teaching 3 credits
EDU-301 Foundations of Schooling 3 credits
EDU-304 Literacy Development 3 credits
EDU-305 Literacy in Content Areas 3 credits
EDU-350 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
EDU-430 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 credits
EDU-441 Curriculum and Instruction 3 credits
EDU-442 Teaching Exceptional Children 3 credits

 

Science Electives:

Complete 2 courses in different disciplines (at least one must include a laboratory component) from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-129 Murder, Medicine and Magic 3 credits
BIO-129L Murder, Medicine and Magic Lab 1 credits
BIO-140 Idaho Natural History 3 credits
BIO-140L Idaho Natural History Lab 1 credits
     
BIO-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-210L Molecules to Cells Research-Based Lab 1 credits
     
CHE-125 Elementary Chemistry 3 credits
CHE-125L Elementary Chemistry Lab 1 credits
CHE-141 General Chemistry I 4 credits
ENV-160 Physical Environmental Systems 3 credits
ENV-160L Physical Environmental Systems Laboratory 1 credits
ENV-260 Biological Environmental Interactions 3 credits
ENV-260L Biological Environmental Interactions Laboratory 1 credits
GEO-101 Physical Geology 3 credits
GEO-101L Physical Geology Lab 1 credits
GEO-150 Physical Geography 3 credits
PHY-100 The Universe 3 credits
HHP-106 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits
HHP-106L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1 credits

Other science coursework may be accepted with advisor and department approval.

Electives (3 credits):

Complete one course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ELECTIVE- Sociology, Anthropology, History, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Education or Political Economy  

 

This major crosses three PEAKs; therefore, students completing the Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Precertification Major will need to complete a minor in the Humanities and Fine Arts PEAK.

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Education Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Professional Studies & Enhancements

Courses and Requirements

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21 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
EDU-202 Introduction to Teaching 3 credits
EDU-301 Foundations of Schooling 3 credits
EDU-305 Literacy in Content Areas 3 credits
EDU-430 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 credits
EDU-441 Curriculum and Instruction 3 credits
EDU-442 Teaching Exceptional Children 3 credits
PSY-221 Educational Psychology 3 credits

 

This minor is a prerequisite for admission to the fifth-year internship and Master of Arts in Teaching programs that lead to state certification as an elementary or secondary teacher. (Minor requirements are already included in the Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Precertification major.)

Candidates planning to teach at the secondary level must complete the Education Minor, a major that is approved as a first teaching field, and a 20-credit second teaching field that meets the endorsement requirements of the Idaho State Department of Education. In instances where the first and second teaching fields are in the same PEAK (e.g. chemistry and biology, math and physics, art and theatre, kinesiology and health), students will need to work closely with their advisor to ensure that their course of study sufficiently crosses all four PEAKs.

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Literacy Education Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Professional Studies & Enhancements

Courses and Requirements

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21 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
EDU-253 Language Development and Literacy 3 credits
EDU-304 Literacy Development 3 credits
EDU-305 Literacy in Content Areas 3 credits
EDU-306 Writing Process and Assessment 3 credits
EDU-350 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
EDU-352 Diagnosis & Remediation 3 credits
EDU-451 Practicum in Reading 3 credits

 

This minor is designed for students who are pursuing elementary or secondary teaching certification and wish to add a literacy endorsement.  Please note that this minor alone will not fulfill the requirements to teach in the State of Idaho. Students wishing to pursue teaching licensure should contact the College of Idaho Education Department.

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Music Education (Precertification)

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

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Music Education (Precertificaiton)

The music education (precertification) major must be combined with the Education minor.

Theory Core (15 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-101 Introduction to Music Theory and Sound Studies 3 credits
MUS-101L Aural Skills 1 credits
MUS-200 Diatonic Harmony through Counterpoint 3 credits
MUS-201 Seminar in Chromatic Harmony 3 credits
MUS-202 Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUS-275 Aural Skills for Music Educators 2 credits

 

History Core (6 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-311 Music History I 3 credits
MUS-312 Music History II 3 credits

 

Capstone Sequence (5 credits)

 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-425 Musical Form and Analysis 2 credits
MUS-498 Music Capstone  

 

Professional, Performance, and Pedagogy Skills (24 credits)

Take 24 credits from the following courses:

 Vocal Choral Track Instrumental Track 
 Applied Lessons (4 credits)  Applied Lessons (5 credits)
 Ensembles (6 semesters/credits)  Ensembles (7 semesters/credits)
 Keyboard Skills (1 credit)  Keyboard Skills (1 credit)
 MUS-231 Piano Proficiency (0 credits) MUS-231 Piano Proficiency (0 credits) 
 MUS-238 and MUS-239 (2 credits)  MUS-443 or MUS-445 (1 credit)
 MUS-341 and MUS-342 (4 credits)  MUS-341 and MUS-342 (4 credits)
 MUS-345 (2 credits)  MUS-345 (2 credits)
 MUS-442 (3 credits)  MUS-442 (3 credits)
 MUS-444 (1 credit)  MUS-490 or MUS-497 (1 credit)
 MUS-490 or MUS-497 (1 credit)  

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
English as a Second Teaching Field Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

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24 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-446 Linguistics for Language Teachers 3 credits

 

Complete 2 courses from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-247 Creat Nonfiction Writ Wkshp 3 credits
ENG-347 Advanced Creative Nonfiction WritingWorkshop 3 credits
JOURN-200 Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print 3 credits
JOURN-300 Feature Writing 3 credits

 

Complete 3 credits of 200-Level Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-210 Shakespearean Comedy 3 credits
ENG-211 Weird Shakespeare 3 credits
ENG-212 Introduction to Shakespeare 3 credits
ENG-213 Intro to Arthurian Literature 3 credits
ENG-218 World War I and Modern Literature 3 credits
ENG-219 Thief Making and Thief Taking: 19 Century Crime Literature 3 credits
ENG-220 Regionalisms of the British Isles 3 credits
ENG-225 Asia Through Its Movies 3 credits
ENG-226 Postmodernism and Human Rights Activism 3 credits
ENG-228 Closely Reading Poems 3 credits
ENG-230 Literature of the American West 3 credits
ENG-231 Native American Fiction 3 credits
ENG-232 The Literature of Slavery 3 credits
ENG-233 The Literature of Immigrants 3 credits
ENG-235 Prose and Cons 3 credits
ENG-236 Literature and Comedy 3 credits
ENG-237 Money in Literature 3 credits
ENG-238 Old and New: Premodern Texts and Modern Responses 3 credits
ENG-239 Visions of Environment 3 credits

 

Complete 9 credits (with 6 credits being upper division 300-Level) from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG - One Course emphasizing American Literature 3 credits
ENG- One Course emphasizing English Literature 3 credits
ENG- One Course emphasizing World Literature 3 credits

 

Complete 3 credits in Fine Arts from the following subject areas:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART- Art 3 credits
MUS- Music 3 credits
THE- Theatre 3 credits

 

This minor is designed for students who are pursuing secondary teaching certification in a different field but who also would like to meet the State of Idaho's requirements for English as a "second" teaching field.  Please note that this minor alone will not fulfill the requirements to teach in the State of Idaho. Students wishing to pursue teaching licensure should contact the College of Idaho Education Department.

 

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