The Teacher Education unit has its home in the College of Education, offers several classes you take during your “Blocks,” and organizes all of your field experiences in local schools. You apply to Teacher Education early in the semester before your final three semesters as an undergraduate. Traditionally, this means you would apply early in the first semester of your Junior year.
- If you want to begin Block 1 in a Fall semester, then your deadline to submit your application is the first Friday of February.
- If you want to begin Block 1 in a Spring semester, then your deadline to submit your application is the third Friday in September.
How do I know when I’m ready to apply?
Here are four questions to ask yourself, to find out if you’re ready to apply. Click here to view these questions in infographic form.
#01: Completed/Current Courses
Have I completed the appropriate English courses so far?
When you apply, you should have completed or be enrolled in the following courses:
- ENGL: 101, 102, 275, two 200-level or higher writing courses, three ENGL electives (one or more 300/400 level electives)
- LING: 305, one LING elective higher than 305
- ED-CIFS 201 and ED-TECH 202
#02: Remaining Courses
Am I lined up to finish my English degree upper-division elective requirement in the next two semesters?
Consider the following:
- The English department requires 18 credits of ENGL/LING electives, and 15 of those must be at the 300/400 level.
- After entering the TE program, you will have three semesters remaining to complete your degree. In Block 1, you will have room for one possible elective. In Block 2, you might take two electives. In Block 3, you won’t have time for electives, as you’ll be a full-time student teacher.
- In order to teach in Idaho, your transcript must reflect that you have taken at least one American Literature course and one British Literature course.
How well have I performed in my courses?
- TE requires all applicants to maintain a 3.0 Overall GPA.
- TE also requires all applicants to maintain a 3.0 English GPA.
If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you can still apply. If you are denied acceptance into the program, you may appeal the decision to the TE Appeals Committee.
Do I know why I want to teach secondary students the English language arts?
- How might this program help me work toward my personal, professional, and civic goals?
- How might I contribute to the program and strengthen it?
- Why do I want to teach ELA (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and language) to young people in secondary schools?