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Graduate Certificate in Teaching: Elementary Pathway (K-8)

Program Coordinators:
Dr. Sherry Dismuke:
Dr. Julianne Wenner:

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is a rigorous, accelerated pre-professional program leading to initial teacher certification. Students can select from two pathways; Elementary (grades K-8) or Secondary (grades 6-12)/Art (K-12 or 6-12). Students who have a bachelor’s degree and who meet Graduate College admission requirements may enroll in this Graduate Certificate program that prepares students to qualify for teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education. Select credits from certification program may be applied to a master’s degree program that requires separate application to desired master’s program. Advising and review of transcripts is conducted by faculty in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies (CIFS).

Elementary candidates are required to complete one minor elementary-approved endorsement of at least 20 credits. Some content areas require specific courses within those totals. See program coordinators for a list of approved endorsements for the Elementary pathway. A degree in a subject may not necessarily include the specific content and courses required for certification.

Certification Program: Elementary Pathway

Course Number Course TitleCredits
Required Courses
ED-CIFS 507Foundations Of American Education3
ED-CIFS 331Elementary Mathematics Curriculum & Instruction 3
ED-CIFS 547Measurement and Geometry3
ED-ESP 550Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs3
ED-LLC 550Advanced Content Library3
ED-LLC 549Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course3
Select one of the following Science Methods Courses:
ED-CIFS 333Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction3
ED-CIFS 533Advanced Practices and Principles in Teaching Elementary Science3
Required Professional Year Courses:
Professional Year 1
ED-CIFS 329 Assessment in Teaching and Learning3
ED-CIFS 332Elementary Classroom Learning Environments3
ED-CIFS 560Professional Year I - Elementary Teaching Experience5
Professional Year II
ED-CIFS 567Professional Year II - Elementary Teaching Experience12

Submit a completed Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate and apply for graduation on BroncoWeb before obtaining the recommendation of the Certification Officer for the Boise State University College of Education (using the required certification materials available in the Office of Teacher Education, 7th floor).

Admission Requirements
Documentation of ALL admission requirements must be included as attachments in Graduate College application.

    1. APPLY to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  • a. Upload and attach ALL transcripts to Graduate College application.

2. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.

3. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

4. Minimum 3.00 GPA in Education courses and endorsement area.

    5. PRAXIS Test scores (PRAXIS examination information available at:
  • a. Required for Admission to the Program:
  • i. A passing score of 150 on the PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators Math # 5732.
  • ii. Passing scores for PRAXIS I must be received and uploaded to the Office of Teacher Education and the Graduate College Application before applicants can be admitted.
  • b. Prior to Admission to Professional Year:
  • i. A passing score on all four subsections of the PRAXIS II: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test #5001
  • ii. A passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II exam for the approved endorsement area
  • iii. Passing scores on PRAXIS II examinations must be submitted to the Office of Teacher Education prior to admission to the Professional Year.

6. Evidence of technology competency, which could include EDTECH 202: Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age (3 cr); or equivalent course or examination.

7. Completion of MATH 157: Structures of Arithmetic for Teachers (4 cr); or equivalent course.

    8. Criminal History Check, a completed fingerprint card and a $40.00 fee for the background check (check or money order ONLY made out to the Idaho State Department of Education)
  • a. Pick up fingerprinting card in College of Education, Office of Teacher Education (7th floor)
  • b. After completion of fingerprinting card, submit to College of Education, Office of Teacher Education (7th floor)
  • c. Email Office of Teacher Education for verification of fingerprinting status
  • d. Documentation of passing fingerprints uploaded into Graduate College Application.
    9. A letter of intent (1-2 pages) describing your interest in becoming a teacher.
  • a. Attached to Graduate College Application.
    10. Two letters of recommendation, describing applicant’s experience or potential for working with children and/or schools.
  • a. Attached to Graduate College Application.

11. Complete an Admissions Interview

Application Deadline
New cohorts begin every semester. The application deadline is the first Friday in February and the third Friday in September.

Continued Enrollment and Admission to Professional Year
To continue on to the Professional Year, you must:
1. Complete the application package via Taskstream – see: for procedural details

    2. Adhere to appropriate deadlines:
  • a. First Friday in February for students desiring to enter the Professional Year fall semester.
  • b. Third Friday in September for students desiring to enter the Professional Year spring semester.
  • c. A $50 fee will be assessed to late and/or incomplete applications
    3. Academic Requirements:
  • a. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • b. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all education courses.
  • c. Passing score on Praxis II. For information please access the Praxis website at
  • d. 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.

Disclosure Statement
The normal time to complete the certificate requirements is 2 years; the tuition and fees for normal time completion can be found at (does not include student health insurance). It is important that interested students consult the graduate program coordinator for clarification of this information, especially the role of the certificate in preparing individuals for employment in specific occupations.