President McKay taught "No greater responsibility can rest upon any man [or woman], than to be a teacher of God's children" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1916, 57). We believe in programs that integrate theory and best practice. They are rigorous academic programs with a strong theoretical knowledge base and extensive practical experience in public schools. The Teacher Education Department offers degrees in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (ECE/ECSE) and Elementary Education. Secondary education majors are housed in content areas across campus with core education courses offered through the Teacher Education Department. All education degrees require an application to officially enter the program and take many of the required classes. For information about the application process visit the Academic Discovery Center over the program you wish to apply for.
Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education
Prepares students to work with typically developing and/or children with special needs from birth through age eight. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to apply for the Blended Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Special Education Idaho Teaching License, which allows them to teach general or special education classes in kindergarten through third grade, and by endorsement through sixth grade. This Idaho license also allows students to apply for certification in other states. It is incumbent upon each student to research that process for the state in which they intend to teach. Students may also choose to work with young children and their families in home, agency, and preschool settings. Applied coursework and field work involving children in a variety of settings will prepare students for successful career experiences. Students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of skills during five different supervised intervention/teaching experiences: (1) early field experience (2) infants and toddlers in home and/or center-based settings, (3) preschoolers in private or public preschools, and (4) kindergarteners in public schools, and (5) first through third grade children in public schools.
Elementary Education prepares students for teaching children through a series of classes designed to give students the practical knowledge they need to be successful in their careers. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to apply for a K-8 Idaho Education Teaching License.
Secondary Education serves many other campus departments that offer secondary teaching majors and minors, by offering a series of classes designed to prepare students to be successful in the secondary public school setting. Secondary education is not a major. Students interested in pursuing secondary certification will select a teaching major and teaching minor or enroll in one of the available composite programs. Students successfully completing a secondary education program will be eligible to apply for the grade 6-12 Idaho Education Teaching License.
Prepares students to work with children with special needs from Kindergarten through age 21. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to apply for the Idaho K-12 Special Education Exceptional Child Generalist Teaching License, which allows them to teach special education classes in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students are able to choose between three areas of emphasis or tracks to fit their career goals in serving and teaching students within the field of special education. These areas include: (1) elementary, (2) secondary math or language arts, and (3) severe & profound. Applied coursework and field work involving children in a variety of settings will prepare students for successful entry into the field. Students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of skills during five supervised practicum teaching experiences within the schools before their student teaching experience.