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The Elementary Education program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is excited to help future elementary school teachers prepare for teacher certification in the state of Idaho by providing the first two years of education toward a bachelor’s degree.
- This associate degree program covers 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 K-8 schools the skills, knowledge, and attitudes taught in the coursework firsthand.
- The Elementary Education program concludes with a capstone class where students build an evidence-based e-portfolio highlighting their work and prepare for admission into a four-year college or university.
The Elementary Education program provides students foundational skills, knowledge, and dispositional development to prepare them for transfer into a bachelor's 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
This program partners with local four year colleges and universities to promote ease of transfer and continual degree progression after providing the first two years of a four year degree in Elementary Education.
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
- Identify the major roles of a teacher (i.e. leader, mentor, manager, planner, and motivator)
- Discuss the importance of peer groups, mass media, community services, ecology of families, parenting, schooling, teaching, and socialization methods and outcomes
- Understand the difference between normal development and abnormal development
- Identify characteristics, prevalence, origination, and contributing factors related to 13 disabilities and Gifted and Talented students
- Plan and design effective learning environments, experiences, curriculum plans and understand methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning
- Demonstrate a proficient Teacher Education e-Portfolio
- Complete a minimum of 55 hours of observation/participation with a certified teacher.
- Partner with Micron Technology to get real classroom experience.
- Engage with the larger educational community with guest speakers
- Complete volunteer opportunities to build professional connections.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Elementary Education - Associate of Arts Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar 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 offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
- Students pursuing the Elementary Education degree 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 ITAM 101 before taking EDUC 150 or EDUC 250.
- Most of the courses in the Elementary Education program can be moved around to meet scheduling needs as long as students honor prerequisite requirements.
- Be aware of the observation hour requirements when planning a semester schedule.
- EDUC 220 requires 10 hours of observation
- EDUC 230 requires 15 hours of observation
- EDUC 280 requires 30 hours of observation
- EDUC 290 requires permission of the instructor in order to register.
- Many of our four-year partners require specific prerequisite courses before application to their Teacher Education Program. Most of those prerequisite courses can be built into the Elementary Education degree at CWI without adding more overall credits. However, students need to know to which school they intend to transfer in order to plan accordingly. If there are options, always select the more stringent school upon which to the base the schedule.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 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 CWI 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.
- K-8 Elementary Teacher
- K-8 Special Education Teacher
- K-8 Teacher Assistants
- K-8 Health Specialty Teachers
- K-8 Music Specialty Teachers
- K-8 Computer Science Specialty Teachers
- K-8 Bilingual and Multilingual Education
- K-8 English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL) Instructor
- K-8 Literacy Specialist
- Instructional Coordinators
- Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors
- Parent Teachers
- Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
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
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