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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Paul H. Gathercoal, Dept. Chair (509 B Educ. Bldg. 83844-3082; 208/885-6587) Faculty: Julie Amador, Anne E. Adams, John Cannon, James Connors, Janine Darragh, John Davis, Raymond Dixon, Jeremy Falk, Julie Fodor, Sally Greene, James A. Gregson, Cassidy Hall, Aleksandra Hollingshead, Teresa Jentsch, Anne Kern, Royce Kimmons, K. Allen Kitchel, Sally G. Machlis, Melissa McConnell, Rodney McConnell, Shannon McGowan, Jerry R. McMurtry,Gwen Mitchel, Brant Miller, Lee T. Ostrom, Ingrid Spence, Allison Touchstone, Margaret Vaughn, Matthew Wappett. Shauna Williams , Katlin Wolf, David Yopp.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction includes teacher preparation programs for elementary education, secondary education, special education and graduate programs in curriculum and instruction and special education.

The professional degree majors in curriculum and instruction provide knowledge, skills, and experiences to enable teachers to work effectively with K-12 students and schools. Students benefit from collaborative relationships and experience with partner schools and agencies.

Pre-service teaching degree majors are offered in elementary education, and secondary education (B.S.Ed.).A fifth-year program is offered in Special Education. Students should consult an advisor concerning requirements for degree and/or certification.

Master's degrees are offered in curriculum and instruction and special education (M.Ed.). The doctorate is available in education (Ed.D., Ph.D.) with emphasis in curriculum and instruction or special education.

Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education. These programs include the university core curriculum, professional education core curriculum and program content courses. Secondary students select teaching majors and minors from subjects currently taught in secondary schools such as English, social studies, sciences, mathematics, art, and foreign languages. Elementary students receive a B.S.Ed. degree; secondary students may earn a B.S.Ed. degree through the College of Education or a B.A. or B.S. degree through the department and college administering the academic major.

Early and continuous field experiences are a hallmark of the teacher preparation program, which culminates in a Professional Year experience for elementary students and a semester program for secondary students. Program goals include (1) recruitment and retention of high quality students through rigorous admission, continuation, and exit criteria, (2) preparation of teachers in a standards driven, integrated, and field-based program, (3) completion of the Internship semester , and (4) engagement in continuing professional development for students, teachers, and university faculty to improve K-12 student performance.

Special Education Teacher Education . The 5th Year Special Education Program offers a unique program culminating in an undergraduate degree and recommendation for certification in either elementary or secondary education plus a Master’s Degree and recommendation for K-12 certification in special education. It is designed for students who want to become teachers in Special Education and general education.

Graduate Education/Curriculum and Instruction. The program provides advanced professional and foundational courses that support graduate study in the College of Education. Graduate programs in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in teacher education include (a) Master of Education in curriculum and instruction; and (b) doctoral degree programs (either Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy) with emphases in curriculum and instruction.

Graduate Education/Special Education. The program provides advanced professional and foundational courses that support graduate study in the College of Education. Graduate programs in special education include (a) Master of Education in special education; and (b) doctoral degree programs (either Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy) with emphases in special education.

Persons interested in doctoral work should apply to the College of Education. Admission requirements for the doctoral program include: (a) a minimum grade-point average of 2.80 in undergraduate preparation, (b) a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 at the master's degree level or its equivalent, (c) a composite verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination score of at least 1050, and (d) letters of recommendation. Exceptions to the criteria may be made when documented by the Graduate Review Committee.

The professional degree majors in Career and Technical Education provide the opportunity and relevant skills, knowledge, and dispositions to enable teachers, administrators, and business and industry personnel to work effectively with today's organizations, youth, and adults. Learners benefit from the realistic relationships between course experiences and work required by educational institutions, business, industry, agriculture, and family life.

Preservice teaching degree majors are offered in: Career and Technical Education (CTE) with options in Business and Marketing Education, Engineering & Technology Education, and Occupational Education in the College of Education; and Agricultural Education (B.S.Ag.Ed.). (See Admission to Teacher Education Programs.)

For all undergraduate teaching degrees listed below the student should consult an advisor concerning state requirements for the professional-technical education certificate.

Agricultural Education. Graduates with this degree (B.S.Ag.Ed.) are qualified for a standard secondary teaching certificate and are qualified to teach secondary agricultural science and technology. Schools, government, and agribusiness agencies that seek persons with training in agriculture and education provide employment opportunities for graduates of this curriculum. (See Agricultural and Extension Education for program and course descriptions.)

Business and Marketing Education. The business and marketing education option is for students interested in teaching business, marketing and business technology subjects at the high school or post-secondary level. Completers of this option qualify for an Idaho secondary teaching certificate (6-12) in business technology education, marketing technology education, and usually economics (based on selected electives).

Professional-Technical Education. Professional-technical education option is designed primarily for teachers in area professional-technical schools and secondary trade and industry programs who do not hold degrees. It does not qualify one for teaching in a public K-12 system unless a person also holds a secondary endorsement or an occupational specialist certificate.

Professional-Technical Certification. In collaboration with the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education, sequential inservice undergraduate professional-technical education degree courses, as well as selected graduate professional-technical courses, are offered each semester at area professional/technical schools located at Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Boise, and Twin Falls.

Technology Education. The Technology Education option is designed for students interested in teaching technical subjects related to construction technology, communications technology, electronics, engineering, manufacturing, production and other technology related subjects. Graduates of this option qualify for an Idaho secondary teaching certificate in technology education (grades 6-12).

Courses

See the course description section for courses in Career and Technical Education (CTE), Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI), Special Education (EDSP), and Library Science (LIBS).

Note: For registration in upper-division courses in education, students must have been admitted to the teacher education program and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75. For admission criteria, refer to "Admission to the Teacher Education Program" in the College of Education section.