The department offers programs in elementary education that lead to a recommendation to the Idaho State Department of Education for certification in Elementary Education, K-8. For endorsements in specialized areas see programs offered by the following departments:
Early and Special Education
Literacy, Language and Culture
This 128-credit hour program prepares professionals to work in grades K-8. For those who wish to teach at the middle school level (grades 6-8) an additional endorsement area in a content field will be necessary. The program places students in local area classrooms while they study teaching as an academic and professional endeavor.
Admission to Elementary Teacher Education
Students preparing to become elementary school teachers must be accepted for admission to the elementary teacher education program. Admission to elementary teacher education is required before a student may enroll in certain upper-division teacher education courses. All admission requirements must be completed before admission will be granted.
It is the student’s responsibility to provide transcripts and other documents to demonstrate requirements have been met. Application is made through the Office of Teacher Education, Education Building, 7th floor.
Office of Teacher Education
For admission requirements please see the university undergraduate catalog.
Limitations to Admission: Because of the large number of students seeking admission to Elementary Teacher Education, not all applicants can be admitted. Each academic year, a target number of applicants is established and applicants are accepted until that number is reached. Priority is given to those with the highest academic grade point average and to those majoring in specialty areas that have been identified as shortage areas in Idaho. (Shortage areas may change over time.)