Idaho Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide is written for aspiring teachers looking to obtain a teaching degree in Idaho. There are many colleges and universities in the state that offer teacher preparation programs that prepare students for a career in education. Scroll down to find a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews. For those interested in finding a qualified teaching school in Idaho, this guide should help you locate a program that best suits your individual career objectives.

School Facts:

  • There are 12 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Idaho.1
  • Six colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: The College of Idaho, 64%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Idaho, 29%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: The College of Idaho, $18,187.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Brigham Young University-Idaho, $10,240.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Idaho*: $3,770-$25,190.2
  • One school ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 200): University of Idaho (165).
  • Three schools ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 500): The College of Idaho (222), Brigham Young University-Idaho (358), University of Idaho (396)-
  • Five teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Idaho: Located in Moscow, ID just eight miles from the Washington State border lays the University of Idaho and its College of Education. The Idaho College of Education prepares teachers, educators and administrators for the responsibility of educating individuals for careers in private and public education within the K-20 sectors. The University of Idaho is only eight miles from Washington State University and works with students to offer lower tuition rates through a reciprocity agreement. The University of Idaho confers degrees ranging from bachelor’s to doctorates in educational fields including elementary education, secondary education, K-12 administration, educational policy, special education, instructional technology and more. Classes are offered at the main campus in Moscow as well as satellite locations in Coeur d’Alene and Boise.

Boise State University: Boise State University is home to College of Education that consists of the departments of Bilingual Education, Counselor Education, Curriculum, Instructional and Foundational Studies, Educational Technology, Kinesiology, Literacy, and Special Education and Early Childhood Studies. The College of Education at Boise State is highly regarded as one of the finest in the Pacific Northwest. It is home to over 2,300 students with the majority being enrolled in one of the 25 undergraduate degree programs. The graduate and doctoral programs consist of approximately 600 students total enrolled in 14 programs. Boise State education majors are known for their passion for students and ability to draw potential out of students at any age. The school features above average passing test scores and grades among their undergraduate and graduate populations.

Lewis-Clark State College: Lewis-Clark State College, located in Lewiston, Idaho, has been educating teachers for over a century and provides several options for acquiring teaching endorsements and certificates. The main programs include the Elementary Education Certification Program and the Secondary Teacher Education Program which prepare new teachers with a combination of coursework and teaching experience in the classroom. There is also a Kinesiology Program that prepares individuals to teach K-12 physical education and 6-12 health. All teacher education programs are fully accredited by the NCATE.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated 1,100 college programs around the nation that offer teacher preparation programs for aspiring teachers (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the organization’s rigorous standards, Idaho has one program that made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. For more information on the evaluation process, read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Idaho received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Boise State University (Undergraduate Secondary)3stars
    Brigham Young University – Idaho (Undergraduate Elementary)2stars
    Brigham Young University – Idaho (Undergraduate Secondary)2stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Boise State University
  • Idaho State University
  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • University of Idaho

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Idaho

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Idaho

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Boise State University
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1011

Student Review: “The educational technology department at Boise State is the perfect learning environment for me. Its online program gives me the flexibility to work full time teaching and caring for my family and being able to learn when I can find the time. I find that the course work includes practical, real life skills that I can implement and apply immediately into classroom instruction. Given the nature of the assignments I have had in the five courses I’ve taken thus far, I have found the faculty to be exceptional. They are even willing to go the extra mile to speak with me one-on-one over the phone to help solve technical issues. The elective courses provide students with cutting edge topics like Games in Education offered by Dr. Chris Haskell. In this class, students are exposed to taking a course that has been completely gamified in every way. Students are encouraged to generate their own game-like ideas and take them to the next level so they can be used in classroom instruction. The technology integration course offered by Professor Schroder was amazing. Through every assignment, learners were exposed to new tools of the trade that could be used and implemented instantly in the classroom.” -Student at Boise State University

Brigham Young University-Idaho
525 S Center
Rexburg, ID 83460
(208) 496-2411

Student Review: “Brigham Young University-Idaho’s teaching program for my degree was a great experience for me. I felt that the classes I was required to take to gain experience in my content area were helpful, useful, and applicable to my life outside teaching. I felt my classroom experience helped me gain insight on how to be a teacher. The university was in process of improving the teaching degree for all teaching majors while I was in school. After learning how to apply teaching skills specifically to my content area and actually doing my student teaching, my confidence as a teacher flourished. Actually being in a classroom and having that hands on experience with an actual full-time teacher close by to assist me as I learned was influential in my learning.”

College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, ID 83301-1238
(208) 733-9554

Idaho State University
921 S 7th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-3620

Student Review: “I enjoyed my time at Idaho State University overall. There were numerous opportunities and requirements to observe and work with master teachers in varying capacities from an early point in the program. The Music Education program was somewhat isolated from the rest of the Education department because of all the proprietary music requirements that the rest of the Education majors didn’t have to take which was good and bad. The most difficult thing I have had to deal with since graduation from ISU is classroom management. The Motivation and Management class that the rest of the Education majors have to take isn’t required of the Music Education majors.” -Brett B., student at Idaho State University

Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

Northwest Nazarene University
623 Holly St
Nampa, ID 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

The College of Idaho
2112 Cleveland Blvd
Caldwell, ID 83605-4432
(208) 459-5011

The School of Hairstyling
141 East Chubbuck Road
Chubbuck, ID 83202
(208) 232-9170

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282
(888) 884-3246

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/