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Admission to Teacher Education

Teacher Education Application Requirements:

All students who want to take upper division EDCI courses (excluding 301) must make application to the Teacher Education program.  Students must remain in the program to apply for student teaching, graduation, and teacher certification.

  • For the application, please click here or contact Student Services at (208) 885-6039.

    Application Deadlines

    •For Spring Registration: October 1st or previous business day
    •For Summer/Fall Registration: March 1st or previous business day
    •For late Fall Registration: August 1st or previous business day

    Teacher Education Application Requirements:

    The requirements listed below are minimum application criteria. Meeting them makes the applicant eligible for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program. Students who meet these criteria are further evaluated to determine the most qualified applicants. Information contained within all application materials is accurate at the time of its preparation; however, such information may change, and it is the responsibility of the student to check on current validity when applying.

    A student is eligible to make formal application for admission to the Teacher Education Program when the following criteria have been met:
      •Initial interview with academic advisor
      •cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better
      •have completed, with a minimum of a C in the following courses: Engl 102, University of Idaho Core Mathematics Course, Comm 101, and EDCI 201 (including 20 hours of service-learning or FCS 210 for ECDE students)
      •letter of application
      •completion of background check (fingerprint check through the State Department of Education).  Please go to the Student Services office in ED 209 for instructions and forms.  For more information, call (208) 885-6039.
      •and (when enrollment projections exceed departmental resources) a competitive interview.

    Initial Requirements 

      Application Cover Sheet - Complete the cover sheet, linked here, and place on top of your application.
       Declaration of Prior Certifications Irregularities or Legal Convictions linked here.

      Letter of Application – Download the instructions, linked here, follow the directions and draft a letter of application to program faculty (there will be no opportunity to redeem your work – so make sure you submit your best work). You will be asked to address the College’s Conceptual Framework.  Return the completed Cover Sheet and Letter of Application to: Student Services.

      Initial Interview with your academic advisor – Download the Interview Form, linked here. Set up a meeting time with your academic advisor and leave the interview form with your academic advisor after that meeting. Your academic advisor will make notes on the interview and return the form to STUDENT SERVICES OF THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, in an envelope marked “Confidential.”

      Recommendation Forms -Download two copies of the recommendation form, linked here. Complete the first page of the recommendation form concerning the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and ensure that this page accompanies the recommendation form at all times. Then, give the recommendation forms to two professionals who know you well and can provide knowledgeable comments about your potential as a preservice teacher. Inform the two professionals that when the recommendation forms are complete, they are to return it in a sealed envelope with their signature across the seal to: Student Services - University of Idaho, College of Education, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3084, Moscow, ID 83844-3084.

      Fingerprint Background Check - Students must be fingerprinted through the Idaho State Department of Education. Forms and instructions are available in Student Services. You may also get them at the Coeur d'Alene Harbor Center or call (208) 885-6039 for a packet to be mailed out to you.

      A Competitive Interview - When enrollment projections exceed departmental resources to support student numbers in any given program, a competitive interview with program faculty will determine who is accepted to the program and who will need to wait for another opportunity to apply to the program. Faculty will use questions from the list of questions, linked here. If a secondary interview is warranted, students will be contacted with the place, day, and time for the secondary interview.

  • If you don't meet the requirements for admission, please click here for conditional admission procedure.
    CONDITIONAL ADMISSION (for both application processes)

    If you are missing one criteria for admission to the teacher education program, you may still apply and will be granted one semester of conditional admission. You will have one semester to meet this requirement; otherwise you will be removed from the program. You may petition for conditional admission if you do not meet the required GPA or are missing two or more of the requirements. The Admission, Petition and Retention committee meets each month to review petitions. Petitions should be submitted to the Coordinator of Student Services.
  • If you are seeking requirements for continuation in the program, please click here.
    Students seeking to continue in the program shall not have received more than two negative indicators ("red flags") on all education-coursework Standards and Dispositions evaluations. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.