General Education

Building Your Higher Education Foundation with the Essentials to Transfer On

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Program Overview

Are you looking to lay a solid academic foundation for your higher education journey? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers an Academic Certificate in General Education as part of the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees. This program is a stepping stone, ensuring you meet the general education requirements of all Idaho public universities and is ideal for students who wish to complete their foundational courses with quality education at an affordable cost.

The program covers essential skills such as reasoning, information literacy, communication, problem-solving, and creative thinking. With the flexibility of online or on-campus classes, CWI's General Education program offers smaller class sizes, providing more access to instructors and a more intimate learning environment. Upon completion, you will receive a notation on your transcript, showcasing your readiness to transition seamlessly to a four-year institution in your chosen field of study.

Degree or Certificate Type

Academic Certificate

Fully Online



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1.5 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Flexibility of Online & On-Campus Learning: Choose from fully-online or on-campus classes to fit your learning style and schedule.
  • Comprehensive Skill Development: Develop critical skills in various disciplines fundamental to all fields of study.
  • Transfer Readiness: Complete general education courses transferable to any public higher education institution in Idaho.
  • Cost-Effective Education: Benefit from the affordability of CWI classes compared to other institutions.
  • Personalized Advising & Support: Receive guidance to align your general education with your future academic goals.

Transfer On

Plan ahead for your transition to a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and representatives from the intended transfer school to ensure a smooth transition beyond CWI. Visit Transferring From CWI to explore our transfer partnerships.

The Idaho State Board of Education has established General Education degree offerings with courses intended to transfer between Idaho institutions.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

General Education – Academic Certificate




Available Fully Online

Certificate Requirements

Cost: $5,308


Step 1

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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