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B.A in Elementary Education

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Sherry Dismuke

An Elementary Education student at Garfield STEM Night. Photo by Madison Park.

Application Deadlines

Note that the application deadline is the first Friday in February and the third Friday in September. Watch for Application Workshop announcements.

Do You Want to Become a Certified Elementary Teacher in Idaho?

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in Elementary Education that lead to a recommendation to the Idaho State Department of Education for certification in Elementary Education, K-8.

Course work and practicum experiences in these programs will acquaint teacher candidates with the rich diversity they will find in their K-12 classrooms and provide opportunities to practice pedagogies appropriate for the context. Candidates who complete our approved programs of study are teachers who accept the challenge of teaching all students and acknowledge the importance of educating a citizenry who will contribute to society as caring, responsible, and thoughtful citizens.

Students majoring in elementary education and seeking certification must select a subject area endorsement that will strengthen them as teachers and may improve their employability. See an advisor for a list of approved endorsement areas for elementary certification.

Are You Seeking Your First Undergraduate Degree?

This page will provide you with information concerning application requirements, the program of study, and the Professional Year requirements for your B.A. and certification in Elementary Education (K-8).

Do You Already Have an Undergraduate Degree and Are Seeking Certification?

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university and meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement, you may want to consider the Graduate Certificate in Teaching-Elementary Pathway.

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university with a focus in education (e.g. Fifth Year certification) and/or may need more time to meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement, you may want to consider the Second Degree in Elementary Education (PDF) in which you will take courses at the undergraduate level and earn a second Bachelor’s degree.

Are You Interested in a Dual Degree?

For information on dual degree programs offered, see the following department websites:

Early and Special Education
Literacy, Language and Culture

Do You Want to Work in the Field of Education Outside of Public School Teaching?

The department also offers an undergraduate program with an emphasis in Leadership and Human Relations for those who would like to work in the field of education in capacities other than classroom teachers (e.g. non-profit organizations, information education, public service, etc.) See Program of Study below for more information.

Why Choose Boise State Teacher Preparation Programs?

Boise State’s Teacher Preparation programs were recently ranked #3 in the Northwest and #43 of ranked public universities by U.S. News & World Report (2018).

Why Principals Choose Boise State Graduates

I see confidence. I see preparation. I see focus. I do feel more confident in hiring teachers from Boise State.West Ada Principal
I am thoroughly impressed with Boise State. So many of our teachers came through Boise State and I’ve been nothing but impressed with them. I think that the school as a whole is really doing a nice job of producing quality teachers. In fact, my niece wants to teach and I’m trying to talk her into going to Boise State!Boise Principal
I don’t know that I’ve hired anyone who knew the standards so well already and was able to really do cross-curricular types of lessons. She came in really prepared.Middleton Principal

B.A. in Elementary Education Program Details

Programs of Study

The Elementary Education Certification Checklist and Roadmap (2017-2018 catalog year) (PDF) visually represents the requirements for completion of the program, along with a checklist of courses. See an undergraduate advisor for up-to-date program requirements and to develop an individualized program of study.

The Elementary Education Leadership and Human Relations Emphasis Program of Study lists requirements for the degree.

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

Admission to elementary teacher education is required before a student may enroll in certain upper-division teacher education courses. Application is available online via Taskstream and submitted electronically for review by the Office of Teacher Education (Education Building, Room 722).

The admission requirements are:

  • Application Package: see for procedural details. A $50 assessment fee is due upon application to the Office of Teacher Education.
  • Deadline:
    • First Friday in February for fall semester admission OR Third Friday in September for spring semester admission
    • A $50 fee will be assessed to late and/or incomplete applications
  • Academic Requirements:
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • English Composition. Six credits of English composition must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course. (Students who score in the 80th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT may be exempted from ENGL 101.)
    • Mathematics. MATH 157 and MATH 257 with a minimum grade of C. Neither class can be taken by correspondence.
    • Science. Eight credits of laboratory science in two areas with a grade of C or better.
    • Teacher Education Pre-Professional Courses. ED-LLC 200 or ED-ESP 250, and ED-CIFS 201, ED-CIFS 203 and EDTECH 202 with a minimum grade of C in each course and an average GPA of at least 3.0 for all teacher education courses.
    • Passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators  (#5732) in mathematics (score of 150). For information, access the Praxis website at Passing score on the exam must be on file in the Office of Teacher Education prior to acceptance into the program.
    • Successful interview with TE interview panel.

Admission to Professional Year Requirements

The following requirements apply to all students seeking certification as elementary education (K-8) teachers. Student teaching is scheduled through the Office of Teacher Education, Education Building, Room 722.

  • Application Package via Taskstream: see: for procedural details
  • Deadlines:
    • First Friday in February for students desiring to enter the professional year fall semester.
    • Third Friday in September for students desiring to enter the professional year spring semester.
    • A $50 fee will be assessed to late and/or incomplete applications
  • Academic Requirements:
    • Senior standing
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all education courses.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in content area endorsement courses.
  • Passing score on Praxis II. For information please access the Praxis website at
    • Passing score on Praxis II in your content area endorsement is needed. The State of Idaho requires a passing score for any endorsement in which you certify.
  • Fingerprinting and background check

Special Information for the Professional Year:

  • Transfer students must meet requirements for admission to teacher education and complete at least 6 semester hours at the university before being placed in the professional year.
  • During the professional year, students are expected to engage in responsible teaching, participate in co-curricular activities, maintain close contact with faculty and students in the public schools, and participate in seminars and conferences with their university liaisons.
  • No student can continue into the final semester of the Professional Year until they have completed all coursework, and all Praxis II exams in their endorsement area.
  • Any student may be dismissed from a program leading to certification if found guilty of any offense which would be grounds for revocation or denial of an Idaho teaching certificate. Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Teacher Education in Education Building, Room 722.
  • The professional year can be taken only once.
  • Students pay a fee upon registration for student teaching.
  • Students can expect to be placed in a school within a 50-mile radius of Boise State.
  • Students accepted to the Professional Year who opt to postpone student teaching must reapply.

Elementary Education Certification Requirements

Students from Boise State are recommended to the State Department of Education for an Idaho Teaching Credential after meeting the following requirements:

  • Completed application for Idaho Teaching Credential (available in the Office of Teacher Education, Education Building, Room 722).
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and/or universities attended.
  • Successful completion of Standard Performance Assessment for Teachers, Individual Professional Learning Plan, and Professional Year Assessment.
  • Completed Institutional Recommendation from Office of Teacher Education.
  • Official Praxis II assessment score sheets or notarized copies for all Praxis II assessments, including all endorsement areas.
  • Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment Certificate