Teacher Education Admissions
Many of the degree programs in the College of Education have been designed to meet the Idaho standards and requirements for initial certification of professional school personnel approved by the Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho State Department of Education. The College of Education shares responsibility with the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Division of Health Sciences for teacher education programs. The colleges work in close cooperation through the Teacher Education Committee.
The programs specified in this catalog comply with the current State of Idaho standards and requirements for certification and endorsements. Idaho certification ensures reciprocity with the certification standards and requirements of most states. The teacher education programs described in this catalog have been approved by the State Board of Education as required for program completers to be eligible for certification. Approved programs (also called regular route certification) are also available to qualified persons holding bachelor degrees from accredited institutions seeking teaching certification. Candidates pursuing initial teacher certification, whether degree seeking or not, must fulfill all teacher education requirements as outlined for institutional recommendation for teaching certification in the area of certification (i.e., Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Secondary, etc.) and for endorsements (i.e., Biology, History, etc.) for the certificate.
Teacher education programs are updated regularly to reflect changes to the Idaho standards and requirements. Hence, regardless of the ISU Undergraduate Catalog declared for the purpose of meeting ISU graduation requirements, teacher candidates may need to meet changes to certification as specified by the Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho State Department of Education in order to be eligible for recommendation for initial teacher certification at the time of program completion.
The College of Education Advising Center informs candidates about changes to certification requirements, particularly changes to required tests and qualifying scores.
Declaration of Major/Program
The College of Education offers a variety of majors, minors and emphasis areas. Some degree programs offer both teacher certification and non-teaching options. Candidates for degrees must choose from among the approved majors, minors or emphasis areas of their degree programs. Candidates seeking teacher certification must choose from among the teaching majors and minors, or emphasis areas, and must choose the teaching option of their degree program. Declaration of major/program must be accomplished by the time a candidate has completed 58 credits of coursework. For candidates in physical education (non-teaching and teacher certification options), this is usually accomplished at the time of application and admission to the program. For teacher candidates, this is usually accomplished at the time of application and admission to Teacher Education. Prior to admission to Teacher Education, prospective teacher candidates will be classified as Pre-Majors in their respective degree programs.
Admission to Teacher Education
Candidates must make a formal application and complete an interview for admission to Teacher Education. The Teacher Education Committee approves the standards for admission. Application for admission and the scheduling of the admission interview are completed through forms available on the Student Advising Center page following the completion of at least 26 credit hours of college work. Candidates may not register for courses that require admittance to Teacher Education or register for courses that have prerequisites that require admittance to Teacher Education until admission is achieved. Candidates who have been denied admittance may reapply when qualification criteria have been met; however, they must meet the standards for admission in place at the time of reapplication to attain admission.
Criteria for admission to Teacher Education include the following:
- A 2.75 overall grade point average including all transfer credits or credits earned in a previous degree program.
- A grade of “B” [3.0] or higher in at least two of the following areas with a grade of no lower than “C” [2.0] in any of the three areas:
- ENGL 1101 (English Composition) or ENGL 1102 (Critical Reading and Writing) or College of Education-approved equivalent.
- COMM 1101 (Principles of Speech) or College of Education-approved equivalent.
- MATH: Any of the following, or College of Education-approved equivalent:
a) 1108 Intermediate Algebra
b) 1143 College Algebra
c) 2256 Structure of Arithmetic for Elementary School Teachers
d) 2257 Structure of Geometry and Probability for Elementary
a) 1123 Mathematics in Modern Society
b) 1127 The Language of Mathematics
c) 1130 Finite Mathematics
d) 1153 Introduction to Statistics
e) 1160 Applied Calculus
f) 1170 Calculus I
- A successful background check.
- A grade of “C” [2.0] or higher in EDUC 2201 Development and Individual Difference (or CFS 2203 The Young Child for Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education candidates), or equivalent. Applicants for admission to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Human Exceptionality must also complete SPED 3330 or SPED 3340 and earn a grade of at least C [2.0].
- A grade of “C” [2.0] or higher in EDUC 2215 Preparing to Teach with Technology or equivalent. Individuals can test out of the EDUC 2215 requirement by passing the IC3 Key Applications competency test offered through the College of Education Advising Center.
- Presentation of minimum scores achieved on the Praxis I Academic Skills Assessments:
- Reading = 172;
- Writing = 174;
- Mathematics = 169.
- Submission of Professional Portfolio entry with rubric scores completed as course requirement for EDUC 2201 or CFS 2203 (or College of Southern Idaho transfer equivalent).
- A recommendation form completed by the EDUC 2201 or CFS 2203 instructor (or College of Southern Idaho transfer equivalent).
- Submission of signed affidavit indicating awareness of the Idaho Code pertaining to teacher certification requirements.
- Successful completion of the Teacher Education Program Admission Interview.
Teacher Education Program Applications are processed three times per year:
- October 1
- March 1
- June 1
- Applications must be complete and all requirements must be satisfied at the time the application is submitted.
- Late applications may be held until the next processing period.
- Students must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program in order to be eligible to enroll in 300 or 400 level core education classes.
For additional information or questions, please contact:
Dismissal and Probation Policies
Candidates admitted to Teacher Education are subject to the same general policies as the rest of the students of Idaho State University as far as probation and dismissal from the institution are concerned. Candidates must continue to demonstrate satisfactory progress in achieving the standards of their programs. In addition to academic standards, candidates may be dismissed from Teacher Education for conduct contrary to the professional standards of the Code of Ethics for Idaho Professional Educators. Although admission to Teacher Education is to a specific program, dismissal from any teacher preparation program is a dismissal from Teacher Education. Candidates on probation who desire to switch their program to another program in the college or university must file a petition to obtain approval.
Reasonable Accommodation for Candidates with Disabilities
If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require "reasonable accommodation" on the part of the instructor, please call the Director of the Disability Services, Rendevous 125, (208) 282-3599. As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the candidate to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation.