Elementary Education Program
The Elementary Education program works closely with other University of Idaho colleges to provide graduates a strong background in specific content areas, such as English, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics. Students who graduate with a B.S. in Elementary Education earn a degree with a focus on learner-centered teaching and learning and earn the institutional recommendation for initial state certification to teach in elementary and middle schools.
Our majors learn how to teach multiple subject areas to students in grades K – 8. Students complete three practicum experiences in elementary classroom settings, and a one semester internship in an elementary or middle school classroom environment, where our preservice teacher candidates hone their teaching skills under the supervision of experienced mentor teachers and university supervisors. Elementary education majors at the University of Idaho also receive personal mentoring from the College of Education’s faculty.
Teacher certification, a requirement for teaching in a public school, varies from state to state. Upon completion of course work, and practicums, and prior to the one-semester internship, elementary education majors successfully complete certification exams in multiple subject areas that are required by Idaho and by the state in which the preservice teacher intends to seek employment.