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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, culminating in a semester of full-time student teaching in spring term of senior year. For students interested in becoming a licensed teacher, your pathway to licensure is described below.

Students who wish to earn elementary certification (grades K-8) complete the Elementary Teaching major. Students preparing to teach at the secondary level (grades 6-12) complete a subject area (history, English/language arts, math, biology) teaching major. Students who wish to teach music (K-12) complete the Music Education major.

Why Study Education at The College of Idaho?

In your education coursework and the rest of your classes at The College of Idaho, you will 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 Students

The College of Idaho has a proud tradition of producing exceptional 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.