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Four children at front of classroom with paper cones.
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The Teacher Education Program at CWI has been instrumental in preparing me to enter the educational field. Jacki Ellard

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 or Secondary Education STEM, you can focus your studies in an area of the discipline that interests you. 

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.

Mission

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.

Additional Opportunities

  • Collaborate with Teacher Education Ambassadors at Boise State University
  • Internships
  • Work Study
  • Community Service
  • Symposiums

Respectful Community

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

News and Blogs

Congratulations to Jessica Leath, College of Western Idaho’s Student Achievement Award recipient.

Help families in need by donating unused school supplies for the City Light Home for Women and Children in Boise.

Scott Straub has been named College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for September 2018.

Congratulations to Doug Rapley!

School supply drive benefits families in the Treasure Valley, donating nearly 300 items.  

Help families in need by donating school supplies.