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 lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and 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.
- There are 12 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Idaho.1
- 8 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 8 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 6 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022.3
- 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022.4
- 5 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.5
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Teaching Degrees
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Idaho Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Idaho according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Idaho State Department of Education (Idaho SDE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Idaho traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers 6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers 6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Boise State University||Yes||740||189||99%||26||11||N.Av.||$14,190|
|Brigham Young University Idaho||No||1,443||385||95%||—||—||—||$6,871|
|College of Idaho||No||—||—||—||—||—||—||$21,343|
|Idaho State University||Yes||180||51||96%||40||16||100%||$$12,999|
|Lewis-Clark State College||Yes||141||51||97%||4||2||N.Av.||$10,957|
|Northwest Nazarene University||Yes||120||45||100%||2||1||N.Av.||$21,616|
|University of Idaho||Yes||255||65||94%||95||65||94%||$14,929|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Idaho
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022
- Boise State University (#54)
- University of Idaho (#80 tie)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022
- Boise State University (#157 tie)
Select Idaho Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
Boise State University’s College of Education is home to over 1,300 students and consists of five academic departments: Counselor Education; Curriculum, Instructional and Foundational Studies; Education Technology; Literacy, Language, and Culture; and Early and Special Education. These departments offer 48 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs including a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Childhood and Elementary, a BA or Master’s in Teaching (MIT) in Special Education, a Master of Science (MS), an Education Specialist (EdS) or Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Technology, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership, and a MA or EdD in Curriculum & Instruction. Over 20 of the College’s programs are offered completely online. Several of these online programs are unique graduate certificates dedicated to growing educators’ competencies in remote instruction, such as Designing Accessible Online Education or Digital Literacies Instruction.
Lewis-Clark State College (LC State), located in Lewiston and originally founded as a teacher’s college, has been training educators for over a century and provides several options for acquiring teaching endorsements and certificates. Its bachelor’s degree programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education prepare new teachers with a combination of regular coursework and field experience teaching in classrooms. Students pursuing a degree in Secondary Education complete coursework in their chosen instructional subject area (options include English, Earth Science, Biology, Mathematics, and others), along with general education courses. LC State also offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate in Early Childhood Development, as well as minors in Instructional Technologies, Literacy, Middle School, and Special Education. Many of LC State’s education programs, including their Elementary Education program, are offered fully online and on the Lewiston campus.
Located in Moscow just eight miles from the Washington state border lies the University of Idaho (U of I) and its College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. The College prepares teachers, educators, and administrators for the responsibility of educating individuals in private and public education careers across the K-20 continuum. The College is comprised of three departments: Curriculum & Instruction, Leadership & Counseling, and Movement Sciences. U of I confers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral levels, including a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Career & Technical Education; a BS in Elementary or Secondary Education; Master of Education (MEd) and Education Specialist (EdS) degrees in Educational Leadership; and an MEd in Special Education. In addition to the main campus, classes are offered at satellite locations in Coeur d’Alene and Boise, and online.
Schools with Associate Teaching Degree Programs
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate can be a first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Idaho schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Boise Bible College*
8695 W Marigold St
Boise, ID 83714-1220
Brigham Young University-Idaho*
525 S Center St
Rexburg, ID 83460-0001
College of Southern Idaho*
315 Falls Ave
Twin Falls, ID 83301-1238
College of Western Idaho
5500 E Opportunity Dr
Nampa, ID 83687-5505
Idaho State University*
921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209-5377
Lewis-Clark State College*
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
North Idaho College
1000 W Garden Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-2199
Northwest Nazarene University*
623 S University Blvd
Nampa, ID 83686-5897
Boise State University
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
Brigham Young University-Idaho
525 S Center St
Rexburg, ID 83460
Idaho State University
921 S 7th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2022 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx