IDAHO: TOP 10 BACHELOR’S PROGRAMS

If you want to become a licensed Idaho teacher, you’ll first need to obtain a degree in education. The good news is that at the bachelor’s level, Idaho is home to some of the nation’s top education programs, and there is something to meet everyone’s budget and needs. Whether you’re interested in attending a public or private college and studying on a secular campus or one that is in keeping with your faith, Idaho has many options. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of the state’s top undergraduate programs in education and provided detailed program descriptions, ranking data and statistics for each school. Read, explore and start applying now.

1.Brigham Young University-Idaho

If you’re looking to certify as a teacher on a faith-based Mormon campus, Brigham Young University-Idaho is a great option. The Teacher Education Department offers degrees in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (ECE/ECSE) and Elementary Education. Secondary education majors are offered jointly with relevant programs in the faculty of arts and science. Students not only complete courses on pedagogy and child and adolescent development but also work in local schools under the supervision of seasoned teachers. Support to write the state’s required teacher licensure exams is offered alongside job market support.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 15400
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 11966.5
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.8
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 9.23
  • ROI/Value Score 8.8
  • Student to Faculty Score 1.2

2.Lewis-Clark State College

As the school’s name suggestion, Lewis-Clark State College is about legacies and its teacher preparation program is no exception. Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State is a public undergraduate college that had been educating and training future Idaho residents for over a century but teacher education is how the college got started. Today, the college continues to offer bachelor’s degrees leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels.  As stated on their home page, “We are proud of our tradition as a teacher’s college and our reputation throughout the Northwest for doing it well.  The college is consistently ranked near or at the top of all programs preparing teachers in the state and offers a wide variety of teacher certification programs.” Support to write the state’s required teacher licensure exams is offered alongside job market support.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23136
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22231
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 7.6
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 4.36
  • ROI/Value Score 7.6
  • Student to Faculty Score 6.3

3.Boise State University

Boise State University is home to one of Idaho’s top education schools. Bachelor of education degrees are available in bilingual (Spanish) education, literacy education, early childhood education and literacy education. Boise State University’s education programs are committed to developing teachers, leaders, and researchers in education and have a strong reputation throughout the Northwest and who are fully prepared to write the state’s required teacher licensure exams. This is likely one of the reasons why the program’s graduates have a strong track record of landing jobs upon graduation.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25168
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24898
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 6.3
  • Acceptance Rate Score 8.4
  • Graduation Rate Score 5.05
  • ROI/Value Score 5.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 2.5

4.University of Idaho

At the University of Idaho, aspiring teachers will find engaged faculty, supportive mentorship and dynamic field placements. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in elementary education, secondary education and physical education. For aspiring STEM teachers, the school also offers a bachelor’s degree in technical education. The program introduces the techniques, methods and pedagogical tools used in today’s technology classrooms. Upon graduation, students can teach engineering or technology and at the middle or high school levels. With great mentorship, outstanding preparation to write the state’s required teacher licensure exam and lots of job market mentorship, the University of Idaho’s teacher preparation programs come highly recommended.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26096
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25000
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 18 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 3.7
  • Acceptance Rate Score 9.6
  • Graduation Rate Score 8.36
  • ROI/Value Score 3.7
  • Student to Faculty Score 3.7

5.The College of Idaho

If you’re looking for a supportive place to complete an undergraduate degree in education, look no further than the College of Idaho. The department works in partnership with local K-12 practitioners, professional organizations, policy makers, and other departments at the university to support students’ development. Field experiences in K-12 classrooms are integrated with coursework from the start of the program to the final year. Future elementary teachers complete an interdisciplinary major focusing on pedagogy and teaching mathematics, science, history, and social studies at the elementary level. Future secondary level teachers complete a content major (e.g., in English of mathematics), a minor in education, and additional minors in other teaching fields. Whatever the level, the college also helps to prepare students to write and pass the Praxis exam and find a job.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 96220
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 26312.5
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 11 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 2.5
  • Acceptance Rate Score 7.1
  • Graduation Rate Score 10
  • ROI/Value Score 1.2
  • Student to Faculty Score 8.8

6.Northwest Nazarene University

Another great option for aspiring teachers hoping to complete a teacher education degree in a faith-based setting is Northwest Nazarene University. As stated on their home page, “The mission of the Department of Education at Northwest Nazarene University is to be a Christ-centered unit that develops capable, compassionate educators who are determined and prepared to meet the educational needs of young people in a changing world.” While Christ-centered, Nazarene University’s programs also meet all the standards outline by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meet and exceed local state expectations. The university’s graduates have a strong track record of writing and passing the Praxis exam. Students at Northwest Nazarene can opt for a traditional bachelor’s degree leading to certification at the elementary or secondary level or a program that culminates in a master’s degree, which tends to give aspiring teachers a competitive edge on the job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 106200
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 26050
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 1.2
  • Acceptance Rate Score 10
  • Graduation Rate Score 7.98
  • ROI/Value Score 2.5
  • Student to Faculty Score 5.1

7.Idaho State University

Idaho State University offers is committed to offering an engaging and experiential approach to teacher education.  At the undergraduate level, the school offers a bachelor of arts in early childhood education; a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in elementary education, family and consumer sciences. special education, physical education and secondary ­education; and a bachelor of music education. Where appropriate, the degrees are jointly delivered by subject-based department. A rigorous program known for its outstanding mentorship, Praxis exam preparation, demanding field placements and job market support, Idaho State University’s teacher preparations get top marks from current students and graduates and employers statewide.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25376
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23660
  • Average state starting salary$ 31159
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 5.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 0
  • Graduation Rate Score 5.22
  • ROI/Value Score 6.3
  • Student to Faculty Score 7.6

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