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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

View this degree in the course catalog

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-124 Forensic Science 2 credits
CHE-124L Forensic Science 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.

Complete 1 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

View this degree in the course catalog

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.

 

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