Education, Secondary

The Teacher Education Program at CWI has been instrumental in preparing me to enter the educational field.
Jacki Ellard


The Teacher Education Program at College of Western Idaho is excited to help future secondary teachers prepare for teacher certification in the state of Idaho by providing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.  We work closely with our local four-year partners and offer an Associate Degree that can be customized to match the requirements of the Secondary Education Certification that best meets your educational needs.  Course work in the Teacher Education Program includes foundations in education, social systems and diversity, exceptionality in the schools, and educational technology.  Throughout the program students have the opportunity to observe teachers in local middle, junior high, and high schools to see firsthand the skills, knowledge, and attitudes taught in the coursework.  The program concludes with a capstone class that aids students in building an evidence-based e-portfolio that highlights their work and helps prepare them for admission into a four-year college or university.

Students who are interested in teaching in the STEM fields will want to consider the IDoTeach Program.  This program, a partnership with Boise State University and a replication of the successful UTeach Program out of Texas, provides students the opportunity to focus on their STEM major while exploring the possibility of using that degree to teach the subject in high schools.  IDoTeach students take one education course each semester and can complete their STEM degree and earn a secondary teacher certification in their field at the same time. 

PLEASE NOTE: This degree plan is to help students plan coursework with a focus on teaching in secondary schools. Upon graduation, your degree will be in Liberal Arts and will NOT have an Education - IDoTeach Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics or Physics focus officially denoted on your transcript and/or degree.


The Teacher Education Program provides students foundational skills, knowledge, and dispositional development to prepare them for admission to a four-year college or university to earn teacher certification. This is accomplished through active learning in the classroom and online as well as through observations and teaching opportunities in the local k-12 schools.

Why This Program

People interested in becoming teachers in grades 6 through 12 would want to consider a secondary education degree. Designed to provide the first two years of a four year degree, CWI’s secondary education programs partner with local four year colleges and universities to promote ease of transfer and continual degree progression.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Uncover your true motivation for becoming a teacher and assess whether or not to become an educator
  • Learn teacher language and concepts
  • Understand the difference between typical development and atypical development
  • Identify characteristics, prevalence, origination, and contributing factors related to 13 disabilities and Gifted and Talented students
  • Demonstrate a proficient Teacher Education e-Portfolio


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Additional Opportunities

  • Complete a minimum of 55 hours of observation/participation with a certified teacher.
  • Partner with Micron Technology to get real classroom experience.
  • Get involved with the school and larger educational community with guest speakers and additional opportunities with the Future Educators Club.
  • Complete volunteer opportunities to build professional connections.

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

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Biology Concentration



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Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Chemistry Concentration



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Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Earth Science Concentration



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Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Mathematics Concentration



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Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Physical Science Concentration



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Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Social Science Concentration



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Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Biology Focus


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Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Chemistry Focus


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Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Geology Focus


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Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Mathematics Focus


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Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Physics Focus


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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Many of the Education courses require ENGL 101
  • Students with minimal computer skills should take CISA 101 before taking EDUC 215
  • Certain dispositions are more likely to be successful in teaching fields. Five effective dispositions include: Empathy, Positive View of Others, Positive View of Self, Authenticity, Meaningful Purpose and Vision
  • Submit and pass a background check prior to working with or observing children
  • Prepare for and take the PRAXIS I exam 6 weeks prior to applying to transfer education programs


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

  • Students pursuing the Secondary Education degrees are strongly encouraged to meet with an Education faculty member for advising. Students do not need to be specifically assigned to a faculty member to seek advising support directly from the Education Department.
  • Students who do not have basic computer application skills are encouraged to take CISA 101 before taking EDUC 215.
  • Most of the Education (EDUC) courses can be moved around to meet scheduling needs as long as students honor pre-requisite requirements.
  • Be aware of the observation hour requirements when planning a semester schedule.
  • EDUC 202 requires 30 hours of observation
  • EDUC 204 requires ten hours of observation
  • EDUC 205 requires 15 hours of observation
  • EDUC 290 requires EDUC 201, 202, 204, and 205 be completed prior to registration. Permission to take one concurrent course can be requested from the Education Department.
  • Secondary Education students should focus on the course work required for their content major and confirm requirements at their four year school as early as possible to make the most productive choices in course enrollment at CWI.
  • Students who plan to transfer to BSU might also want to investigate the option of following the IDoTeach program model. Contact the Education Department for more information on this option.
  • Degree Progression Grids are available to use in addition to Advising Worksheets.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Faculty in the Teacher Education Program work closely with the following four-year schools to assist students with transfer:

  • Boise State University
  • Lewis and Clark State College
  • University of Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • College of Idaho
  • BYU – Idaho
  • Western Governors University
  • University of Phoenix
  • College of Southern Idaho

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Most of the openings in education will result from workers and educators retiring. In the future there may not be enough teachers graduating from college to fill the job openings. Positions in math, science, bilingual, and special education will continue to be difficult to fill. However, many state governments and local school districts are facing budget problems. As a result, schools are cutting support services and some educational programs. If these financial problems continue, more schools will combine and more programs will be cut. As a result employment may grow more slowly.

Taken from Idaho Career Information System


  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Teacher
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Special Education Teacher
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Teacher Assistants
  • Grades 6-12 Health Specialty Teachers
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Music Specialty Teachers
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Computer Science Specialty Teachers
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL) Instructor
  • Grades 6-12 Secondary Literacy Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors
  • Parent Teachers
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers


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