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The CWI Elementary Education program will provide a broad two-year curriculum providing window into the world of teaching. Within the course work students will be challenged with educational theory and ideas, as well as have the opportunity to observe K12 classrooms in action. Students will correlate their classroom learning with real-world experiences via these observations, the CWI Future Educators club and teaching partnerships within the community.

- Carol Billing, Education Faculty

Program Overview

Interested in starting a rewarding profession? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Education program will provide you a solid foundation for achieving your dream of becoming a teacher. An associate degree is a great starting point for learning how to develop and enrich young lives. Education program majors will be introduced to a broad range of teaching disciplines, such as biology, mathematics, art history, and music, as well as foundational education courses.

This program includes the first two years of education toward your bachelor’s degree. Along with teaching, an Education degree is a great beginning for those who later pursue careers in school counseling and school administration.

Program Mission

The Education program faculty and staff support the mission of the program, the mission of the Education department, and the mission of the college through the following goals:

  • To recruit a diverse student population to Teacher Education programs.
  • To retain students in Teacher Education programs.
  • To provide high-quality programs that parallel Idaho college and university undergraduate curriculum.
  • To collaborate with k-12 and college/university colleagues

These goals align with the goals of both the goals of both the Education department and the College by providing degrees and courses that parallel in-state college and university curriculum; by preparing students to transfer to a four-year college or university; by providing high-quality educational programs, courses and services that are widely accessible through a variety of delivery mediums; by assessing the effectiveness of the program, courses, services and teaching methodologies trough outcomes assessment; and by providing comprehensive student advising.


Course Descriptions

  • EDUC201 – Equip students with social, philosophical, and historical perspectives in education.
  • EDUC202 – Provide field experience in K-12 classroom for students (requires 30 hours of classroom observation).
  • EDUC204 – Help students understand the interaction of families, schools, and communities in order to improve student learning (requires 10 hours of classroom observation).
  • EDUC205 – Introduce students to human development and to the many individual differences they will encounter in the classroom (requires 15 hours of classroom observation).
  • EDUC215 – Introduce students to educational technology needed to pass the Idaho Technology Assessment and provide a portfolio of practical examples for use in advanced education classes.
  • EDUC290 – Present each graduating students to four-year teacher education programs with a quality teaching portfolio and with a completed admission to a college of teacher education.

Degree Plan

Advising Information

Students may contact Carol Billing or Kae Jensen for specific advising about the Education major.

University Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with your CWI advisor and with representatives of your intended transfer school. Learn more about the articulation agreements CWI has with other institutions.

Instructor Info

Program Head: Kae Jensen
Office Location: Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building
Direct Phone: 562-3336
Email: kaejensen@cwidaho.cc

Kae Jensen, Department Chair of Education

Carol Billing, Education Faculty