Graduate College

Certificate in Teaching, Elementary Pathway

Discover how the Certificate in Teaching, Elementary Pathway will help you fulfill your personal and professional goals!

According to the “Best Education School Rankings” for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, Boise State University’s College of Education is ranked among the top 50 of public universities. This ranking is the highest to date for the college and puts it in the top 3 in the Northwest, the top 3 in the Intermountain West and the top 15 in the West. The College of Education offers many engaging and challenging programs aimed at developing teachers, leaders and life long learners. In particular, the Graduate Certificate in Teaching – Elementary Pathway is an accelerated pre-professional program that leads to initial teacher certification.

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching – Elementary Pathway is a rigorous program designed for those who wish to be elementary (K-8) teachers and already hold a Bachelor’s degree. Students in the program will take courses designed to bridge theory and practice, and have several opportunities to apply what they learn to authentic situations. The program takes approximately 2 years to complete with course offerings in fall, spring and summer sessions. The certificate program culminates with a Professional Year in which students work with mentor teachers in K-8 public school settings and are supported by university liaisons. Upon graduation, students will be eligible for a K-8 elementary certificate from the Idaho State Department of Education.

Not only is K-8 teaching incredibly fulfilling, but given Idaho’s teacher shortage, well-prepared teachers are in high demand. Local principals recognize the quality of Boise State teacher education graduates, and look to hire those who excel in this program. In general, teaching certificates are also fairly easy to transfer state to state, pending individual state requirements.

Learn more about the requirements and how to apply at the Graduate Certificate in Teaching – Elementary Pathway website, or contact the Program Director, Dr. Julianne Wenner, at juliannewenner@boisestate.edu.

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