Pursuing a Secondary Education degree from CWI will give you the opportunity to choose from a number of distinct focus areas that can prepare you for a variety of careers and advanced degrees. With associate degrees offered in Secondary Education—Social Science, Secondary Education—STEM with an Education emphasis, and Secondary Education—STEM with an IDoTeach emphasis, you can focus your studies on an area of the discipline that interests you the most.
CWI 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.
The mission of the Teacher Education Program at the College of Western Idaho is to provide foundational skills and knowledge of the teaching and learning environment. Our aim is to provide opportunities for traditional students, first generation and underrepresented populations to be prepared for a Teacher Education Program at a four-year college or university. 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
Are you interested in teaching Biology, Chemistry, Math, Geology, or Physics? Courses in this program are designed to prepare students for teacher certification in the state of Idaho. Curriculum emphasizes foundations in education, social systems and diversity, exceptionality in the schools, and education technology. Students have the opportunity to observe teachers in schools across the Treasure Valley to see firsthand the skills, knowledge, and attitudes taught in the coursework. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Science degree in Secondary Education and meet the general education requirements of all Idaho public universities.
- Collaborate with Teacher Education Ambassadors at Boise State University
- Work Study
- Community Service
IDoTeach - A great opportunity for STEM majors to explore the world of teaching and earn a STEM degree and teacher certification - together!
The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status. More on Title IX
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Secondary Education - Social Science, Associate of Arts
Secondary Education - STEM (Education Emphasis), Associate of Science
Secondary Education - STEM (IDoTeach Emphasis), Associate of Science
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 ITAM 101 before taking EDUC 150 or 250
- 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.
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.
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 https://idcis.intocareers.org/info2.aspx?FileID=Occ&FileNum=110500&TopicNum=6
- 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