Students seeking secondary (grades 6-12 or K-12 in Art, Music or PE) certification must be enrolled in an approved program. There are two options offered at Boise State. Students without a bachelor’s degree or post-baccalaureate students who do not meet the admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate program should register as seeking a bachelor’s degree in the subject they wish to teach. Advising and program requirements reside in the department of the major, not in the College of Education. Boise State does not offer an undergraduate degree or major in secondary education. Program and advisor information is are listed at https://education.boisestate.edu/advising/student-advising/. Students who meet the admission requirements should register for the Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching program, a one year program that begins in May with applications due in February.
Secondary Teacher Certification Program
Undergraduate students seeking secondary (grades 6-12 or K-12 Art, Music or PE) certification must complete a bachelor’s degree in the university department offering the content courses in their chosen subject area. Completion of an approved program of study in a major endorsement area, a second endorsement area of at lest 20 credit hours, and required professional education course work leads to a recommendation to the Idaho Department of Education for Idaho certification. Students who do not have an endorsement in a second area must have at least 45 credit hours in the major endorsement area.
Professional course work for the secondary education option is taken in the College of Education. Secondary teacher education programs are offered and degrees conferred by the college in which the subject area program is located. The major department handles all transcript review and advising.
Post-baccalaureate students may also enroll as second degree seeking students in the academic department for the subject they wish to teach. A second bachelors degree requires completion of a minimum of 30 credits in addition to the initial degree. This may be the most appropriate route for students whose initial bachelors degree is not in the area they wish to teach, if they do not meet Graduate College Admission standards or if they are unable to complete courses in the Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching.
Approved Certification Areas with Majors and Endorsements
Majors and Endorsements PRAXIS
& Endorsements (PRAXIS II exam)
|Amer. Government/Political Sci. (0930)|
Art, K-12 or 6-12 (0133)
Biological Science (0235)
Earth Science (0571)
Language: French (0173)
Language: German (0181)
Language: Spanish (0191)
Music, K-12 (0113)
Physical Education, K-12 (0091)
Only (PRAXIS II exam)
Natural Science (0435)
Physical Science (0481)
Admission to Secondary Teacher Education
Admission to secondary teacher education is required before a student can enroll in Block I. All admission requirements must be completed before admission is granted. Application is available online (https://education.boisestate.edu/teachered/) and delivered to the Office of Teacher Education, Education Building, Room 722.
The admission requirements are:
1. Application Package:
- A completed application form (https://education.boisestate.edu/teachered). This includes letters of recommendation.
- A transcript indicating the completion of prerequisite course work
- A $50 assessment fee is due upon application to the Office of Teacher Education.
- All applicants will be interviewed as part of the admission process.
- First Friday in February for fall semester admission
- Third Friday in September for spring semester admission
3. Academic Requirements:
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all education classes.
- A minimum grade of C in ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education and EDTECH 202 Educational Technology: Classroom Applications or approved equivalents.
- Successful completion of the PRAXIS I for writing (172). For information please access the PRAXIS* website at www.ets.org/praxis/ or pick up a registration packet in the Education Building, Room 722 (No other test will be accepted in lieu of the PRAXIS).
- Each student will complete an interview as part of the admission process.
To continue taking course work in teacher education, every secondary education student must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Teacher Education. Approval is based on:
• The student’s academic record
• Faculty judgment regarding the student’s knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary for success as a teacher, determined through coursework, observation, and interviews. Further information about these traits may be found in the Handbook for Field Experience (https://education.boisestate.edu/teachered/fieldexp) and in the Idaho Initial Certification Standards.
Any student who is denied continued enrollment in the program is entitled to due process. Additional information is available in the Boise State University Undergraduate Catalog.
Admission to the Professional Year
The following requirements apply to all students seeking certification as secondary teachers (or K-12). Student teaching is scheduled through the Office of Teacher Education, Education Building, Room 722.
- A completed application form (https://education.boisestate.edu/teachered)
- A hard copy of the application delivered to the Office of Teacher Education.
- A transcript indicating academic requirements have been met
- First Friday in February for students desiring to student teach during fall semester
- Third Friday in September for students desiring to student teach during spring semester
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
- Minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the major field, minor field (if applicable), and in all required education courses
- Senior standing and successful completion of Block I
- Completion of sufficient credit hours in subject areas assigned for student teaching (varies by program).
- Passing scores on PRAXIS II in your initial certification fields are needed to start Block III. The State of Idaho requires a passing score for any endorsement in which you certify.
Special Information for the Professional Year
1. 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.
2. 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 the Education Building, Room 722.
3. The professional year can be taken only once.
4. Students pay a $100 fee upon registration for student teaching.
5. Students can expect to be placed in a school within a 50 mile radius of Boise State University.
6. Students accepted to professional year who opt to postpone student teaching must reapply.
Additional information is available in the Boise State Undergraduate Catalog.
Special Information for Transfer Students or Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree
The College of Education has no certification-only program. You must enroll in an approved program.
- Transfer students must meet requirements for admission to secondary teacher education and student teaching and complete at least 6 semester hours in secondary teacher education at Boise State prior to student teaching.
- Students with a prior degree who seek secondary certification must:
- Have an earned degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Be enrolled in a Boise State approved program, either a second bachelor’s degree at the undergraduate level if the cumulative GPA was at least a 2.75, or the Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching program if the undergraduate GPA was 3.0 or better. The GPA in the major content and endorsement areas must be at least 2.75.
- If you want a single subject certification, you must complete 45 semester credit hours in the credit hours in the content area in which you want to teach, as evaluated by the department of interest (i.e., the Boise State academic department responsible for your major).
Secondary Teacher Education Courses
The following are the professional courses required for undergraduate secondary teacher certification unless noted differently by specific content area majors.
|ED-CIFS 201 Foundations|
|EDTECH 202 Educational|
Technology: Classroom Applications
I – 8 credits
|ED-CIFS 301 Teaching|
|ED-CIFS 302 Learning|
|ED-SPED 350 Teaching|
Students with Exceptional Needs at the Secondary Level
|Block II – 8-11|
|ED-CIFS 401 Professional Year — Teaching Experience|
|ED-LTCY 444 Content Literacy|
for Secondary Students
Course (specific for each endorsement)
|Professional Year: Block III – 16|
Professional Year — Jr./Sr. High Teaching Experience III
481 Professional Year — Teaching Experience IIIBlock IVED-CIFS
482/483 Professional Year — Jr./Sr. High Teaching Experience IV*Candidates
majoring in Art, Music, and Physical Education complete two eight-week,
8 credit student teaching experiences (Blocks III and IV), one at the elementary
level and one at the middle or secondary level, rather than just one experience
(Block III) for 16 credits.
Secondary 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:
1. Completed application for Idaho Teaching Credential (available in the Education Building, Room 722). This will include completed fingerprint card and criminal history check, official transcripts from ALL colleges and/or universities attended, completed Institutional Recommendation from Office of Teacher Education and official PRAXIS II assessment score sheet.
For more information contact the appropriate content department or Dr. Phil Kelly (E215) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-426-4977.