Education, Secondary

Master the Fundamentals of Education and Navigate Diverse Classroom Dynamics

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Program Overview

Are you inspired to shape the future by educating the next generation? The Secondary Education program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is your gateway to becoming an impactful teacher. With distinct focus areas in Social Science or STEM, this program offers you the opportunity to specialize in your area of interest. CWI prepares future secondary teachers for Idaho Department of Education Educator Certification by providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

The program encompasses foundations in education, social systems and diversity, exceptionality in schools, and educational technology. You will have the opportunity to observe teachers in local middle and high schools, gaining real-world insights into the teaching profession. The program culminates with a capstone class where you will create an evidence-based e-portfolio, highlighting your work and preparing you for admission into a four-year college or university. By completing the program, you will earn an associate degree and meet the general education requirements for all Idaho public universities.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Associate of Science

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Practical Teaching Experience: Observe teachers in local K-12 schools and understand different teaching methods and school environments.
  • Diverse Focus Areas: Choose between Social Science or STEM, tailoring your studies to your interests.
  • Foundational Education Skills: Learn about education foundations, diversity, and technology to prepare for various teaching environments.
  • Capstone Project: Build an e-portfolio to showcase your skills and knowledge, preparing you for transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Preparation for Teacher Certification: Complete the first two years of education necessary for teacher certification in Idaho.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Secondary Education – Social Science – Associate of Arts Degree

Secondary Education – STEM – Associate of Science Degree

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

    Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary 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.

"This program has been instrumental in preparing me to enter the educational field. I’ve gotten real, hands-on experience that has solidified my passion for teaching while giving me realistic expectations about what to anticipate as a future educator. CWI professors are caring, professional, and amazing mentors that have worked extensively one-on-one with me to provide a truly customized, unique experience."
Jacki Ellard
Student, Secondary Education


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