Education, Elementary

Where Your Passion for Education Meets Young Minds to Explore and Grow

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Program Overview

Are you inspired by the idea of shaping young minds and contributing to the foundation of future generations? The Elementary Education program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is designed for aspiring teachers like you. This program provides a comprehensive introduction to the teaching profession, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in education. Our focus is on preparing you for transfer to a four-year elementary education program, with a curriculum closely aligned with the requirements of our local four-year partner institutions.

You will engage in courses covering foundations in education, social systems and diversity, exceptionality in schools, and educational technology. The program offers you hands-on learning experiences, including the opportunity to observe teachers in local K-8 schools. This real-world exposure complements your coursework and prepares you for the diverse challenges of the teaching profession. The program culminates with a capstone class where you will create an evidence-based e-portfolio, showcasing your skills and readiness for admission into a four-year college or university.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

Two students in a classroom

Learning Opportunities

  • Seamless Transfer to Four-Year Programs: Choose a path that aligns with your goals, enabling you to complete your bachelor’s degree and teaching certification.
  • Foundational Education Courses: Gain insights into diverse educational environments and understand traditional and modern instructional methods.
  • Hands-On Classroom Observations: Experience teaching in real-world settings, observing various school cultures and educational approaches.
  • Capstone E-Portfolio Development: Build a comprehensive portfolio that highlights your journey and achievements, preparing you for further education or a teaching career.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Elementary Education – Associate of Arts Degree

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

    Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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