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The CWI Secondary Education program introduces students to the teaching profession in subject concentration areas of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Social Science. Our education faculty are available to advise you in appropriate steps to earn your Associate of Arts degree in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Program Overview

Interested in starting a rewarding profession? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Education program can provide you with 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. Secondary Education majors will be introduced to foundational education courses, as well as a subject focus areas. Concentration areas for Secondary Education majors include Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Social Science.

This program includes the first two years of education toward your bachelor’s degree. Along with teaching, a Secondary Education degree is a great beginning for anyone pursuing a career in training and school administration.

IDoTeach - A great opportunity for STEM majors to explore the world of teaching and earn a STEM degree and teacher certification - together! 

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.

Additional Educational Opportunities at CWI

Within the course work students will be challenged with educational theory and ideas, as well as have the opportunity to observe middle school and high school 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.


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