About Elementary Education

At BYU-Idaho, a teacher candidate has multiple hands-on experiences in local schools and classrooms, may participate in various conferences and occasional trips, and will interview to complete student teaching with a specific partner school district either locally or out-of-state.  With this degree, teacher-candidates are ready to make a difference as a professional teacher.

Elementary Education Steps:

1. Exploring the Profession

  • Fingerprinting/Background check:  Complete your fingerprinting/background check before your first practicum. Complete this step at Field Services Office in HIN 325. This should occur by the end of your first semester.
  • Develop Grad Plan:   You will develop your grad plan in an assignment in SPED 202. For additional assistance contact the Advising Center for the College of Education and Human Development in Chapman 103.
  • Writing Proficiency ExamThis exam is administered once per semester in the Testing Center. You will receive an email notification and information during the semester you are enrolled in SPED 202.
  • Technology Exam:   Go to the McKay Computer Lab (3rd floor of the library) to take the exam. Complete this exam by the end of your third semester.

2. Acquiring Content Knowledge

  • Develop Professional Resume:  As you develop skills and experiences through your coursework and practicums, you should begin a resume and update it often. For assistance, contact Career Services in MC 129.
  • Standard I Lit examThe Standard I Lit exam is taken during ED 344.
  • Standard II Lit exam:   The Standard II Lit exam is taken during ED 345
  • Standard III Lit exam:   The Standard III Lit exam is taken during ED 345.
  • PRAXIS Multiple Subjects:5002 - Language Arts Subtest: After ED 345 5003 - Mathematics Subtest: After MATH 205 & 206 5004 - Social Science Subtest: After completing all history/social science courses 5005 - Science: After ED 259

3. Developing Proficiency

  • PRAXIS: Middle School Content:  Contact the department related to your middle school endorsement for information.
  • Apply for Student Teaching:  Begin your application process for student teaching by following the steps outlined on the Field Services website.
  • Student Teaching Cover Letter & Resume:  Complete a cover letter and create your student teaching resume following the guidelines provided by the Field Services Office.
  • Grad Plan Approval:  To complete your student teaching application, you will update and complete your grad plan and have it approved through I-Plan. Need assistance? Contact the Advising Center for the College of Education and Human Development in Chapman 103.

4.  Growing Professionally

  • Prepare for Interviews: Contact Career Services in MC 129 to develop your interview skills & participate in a mock interview.
  • Student Teaching Interviews:  Contact Field Services for information regarding interview dates, location, & to schedule an interview.

5. Emerging Professional

  • Complete Professional Resume:  Update and revise your professional resume. Include your capabilities and skills gained through practicum and other experiences. Use this resume as you complete applications and contact employers at job fairs
  • Create IPLP: You will begin your Individual Professional Learning Plan (IPLP) during senior practicum.
  • Apply for Graduation: Use the link to apply for graduation during your last semester (student teaching).
  • Update and Review IPLP: During student teaching, you will review and update your IPLP with your student teaching supervisor.
  • Seek Teaching Positions: Research school district of interest to you and complete applications. Attend job fairs to get broad exposure to many districts.
  • Exit Survey: The exit survey will be posted on I-Learn during the last week of student teaching.

6. Post Graduation

  • Alumni Survey: Let’s stay connected! The Alumni Office will send a survey via email. Complete the survey and continue to be part of the BYU-Idaho family
  • Apply for Idaho Teacher Certification:  Apply for your Idaho certification immediately upon graduation. Obtaining an Idaho teaching certificate will prove to be very helpful if you apply for a certificate in another state. 
  • Verification of Employment: Complete the state required verification of employment during years 1, 2, and 3 of your teaching career. You will receive an email from Field Services to assist you in completing this step.