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Teacher Education Program Information and Resources

Welcome Boise State teacher candidates, mentor teachers and liaisons!

On this page you will find information and resources that are important for students currently enrolled in Boise State teacher education programs, mentor teachers at our partner schools and for liaisons who support our teacher candidates and mentors.

*If you are a TRIO Teacher Prep student, please visit the TRIO Teacher Prep website for more information.

About the Teacher Education Program

Teacher Education Conceptual Model, Standards and Core Practices

Instructional Model and Core Practices

Boise State University College of Education’s conceptual framework, “The Professional Educator,” establishes our shared vision in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and accountability. Boise State University strives to develop knowledgeable educators who integrate complex roles and dispositions in the service of diverse communities of learners. Believing that all children, adolescents, and adults can learn, educators dedicate themselves to supporting that learning. Using effective approaches that promote high levels of student achievement, educators create environments that prepare learners to be citizens who contribute to a complex world. Educators serve learners as reflective practitioners, scholars and artists, problem solvers, and partners.

In addition, our Instructional Model takes an inquiry stance to teaching and learning through the iterative process of planning, assessment and reflection. The three parts of the Standard Performance Assessment of Teaching (S-PAT), the final performance assessment a teacher candidate completes at the end of the program, aligns with the instructional model. The S-PAT includes Part 1 Unit Plan (planning), Part 2 Assessment Analysis (assessment) and Part 3 Concluding Reflection (reflection).

Learn more and see detailed graphic representations by visiting the webpage below:

Instructional Model and Core Practices

Teacher Education Program Guide

Program Guide for Idaho Teachers

Whether you’ve never taken a university class or you are a veteran teacher, Boise State College of Education offers a variety of programs to help you attain your professional goals from earning a teaching certificate to adding an endorsement.

Information about how to become a teacher in Idaho can be found by visiting the webpage below:

Become a Teacher in Idaho

Professional Year Field Guides and Handbooks

The following field guides are available for teacher candidates:

  • Professional Year activities
  • Professional Year S-PAT handbook
  • Teacher Education policy.

Individual Field Guides and Handbooks can be found at the link below:

Professional Year Forms for Interns and Student Teachers

Professional Year Forms for Interns and Student Teachers

*Download document from link below or copy before typing
Professional Year Lesson Plan Template*updated document coming soon
Formative Observation Form*updated document coming soon
Professional Year Assessement
Improvement Plan

Early Program Field Experience

Overview and Purposes

By gaining and reflecting on experiences in schools and communities early in your program, future educators begin the process of becoming Professional Educators.

Each early field experience is intentionally designed to be mutually beneficial to teacher candidates and the schools and communities they serve. These placements are not about “getting hours” but rather, they should be considered invaluable opportunities to serve children in specific and important ways as you continue in your journey to becoming a professional educator.


*Note: We are updating the Early Program Field Experiences Fieldguide and will post a link below for the 2023-24 academic year soon.

Early Program Field Experiences Fieldguide

Professionalism is of the utmost importance during your early field experiences. The Field guide contains the following information:

  • Boise State Teacher Educations Conceptual Frameworks and Program Overview
  • The Idaho Educator Standards towards which you are developing knowledge, skills and dispositions
  • Candidate Expectations
  • Early Program Field Experience Evaluation form
  • Guidelines for students who are demonstrating unsatisfactory work

Read each section carefully, and then complete the form linked here, affirming your understandings and your commitment to professionalism.

Adjudication Form

For students in an early field placement an adjudication form is required to be submitted before you can begin your placement.

All students must submit the form below. If you have a criminal record or a violation of the Boise State code of conduct as indicated on the form, you will be directed to the appeal form for criminal record or code violations.

Adjudication Form

ED-LLC 201
Diversity in Schools
View this presentation for an overview of the fieldwork opportunities for Spring 2023.Take this survey to indicate your choices and schedule availability.
ED-LLC 340
Comprehensive Literacy
Information provided in class by course instructors.Take this survey to indicate your availability and preferences.

Submitting Appeals and Adjudication Forms

Adjudication Form

For students in an early field placement an adjudication form is required to be submitted before you can begin your placement.

Adjudication Form

If you have a criminal record or a violation of the Boise State code of conduct as indicated on the form, you will be directed to the appeal form for criminal record or code violations.

Appealing a Decision

Request consideration of extenuating circumstance(s) for admission or continuation in the College of Education Teacher Education programs by submitting the form and materials.

Appeals Form

Seminar Schedule for Professional Year Candidates-Interns and Student Teachers

Spring 2023 Seminar Schedule

Professional Year Orientation for InternsMonday, January 9, 3:00pm - 5:00pmJordan D Ballroom
Mentor Teacher Orientation (for Mentor Teachers)Thursday, January 19, 4:30pm - 5:30pm via ZoomRemote, synchronous
Student Teacher Meeting #1Friday, January 13, 8:30am - 12:30pmHatch AB Ballroom
Student Teacher Meeting #2Friday, February 3, 8:30am - 12:30pm Riverfront Hall, room 105
Student Teacher Meeting #3 Friday, March 3, 8:30am - 12:30pmHatch AB Ballroom
Career Fair - Student TeachersWednesday, March 15, 8:30am - 11:30pm; 12pm - 5pm interviewsJordan Ballroom
Mock Interview & Administrator Panel, Pre-Employment Information for Student TeachersTuesday, March 14
Simplot AC Ballroom
Student Teacher Meeting #4Friday, April 7, 8:30am - 12:30pmRiverfront Hall, room 105
Inquiry Roundtable Seminar for InternsTuesday, April 25, 3:30pm - 5:30pmSimplot AC Ballroom

S-PAT Resources for Student Teachers

S-PAT Unit Plan Template

S-PAT Unit Plan Template
(Downloadable copy)

2021-2022 S-PAT Step-by-Step Videos

SeminarDateLocationPoint Person
S-PAT Seminar 1, Phase 1, Section 1: ContextSee your liaison for datesOnline SeminarSherry Dismuke
S-PAT Seminar 2, Phase 1, Section 2: ContentSee your liaison for datesOnline SeminarSherry Dismuke
S-PAT Seminar 3, Phase 1, Section 3: Assessment PlanningSee your liaison for datesOnline SeminarSherry Dismuke
S-PAT Seminar 4, Planning Phase 2: Scope and SequenceSee your liaison for datesOnline SeminarSherry Dismuke
S-PAT Seminar 5: Assessment AnalysisSee your liaison for datesOnline Seminar
Sherry Dismuke

Resources for Liaisons

Liaison Responsibilities

A university faculty member who not only is a supervisor but also accepts the responsibility to develop an extensive, collaborative partnership with a particular educational institution, coordinate the activities between the mentor(s) and the candidate(s) and assess the candidate based upon the Idaho Professional Teacher Standards and Danielson Framework. The university liaison also serves as the contact person for the College of Education when issues arise regarding teacher candidates in their field experiences. Other responsibilities of the university liaison may also include Professional development with school staff, Instructional Coaching, working/meeting with mentor teachers and the principal to facilitate or improve the partnership relationship, and contributing to P-12 student achievement in ways that are mutually agreed upon by teachers and principals in the partner school.

Teacher Education Student Resources

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

If you or someone you know are contemplating suicide, call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-208-398-HELP (4357) OR the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website

Counseling and Mental Health

Boise State University Health Services Counseling

National Alliance on Mental Illness website

The Trevor Project website (LGBTQ)

Other Important Resources for Boise State Students

Resource Links
Gender Equity Center
Student Support Center
Campus Assessment Resource and Education (CARE)
Campus Security and Police
University Health Services
Student Equity Center
Student Food, Financial and Legal Assistance
Veteran Services Center
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