Several minors and/or endorsements are available for elementary and secondary education majors to enhance their degree.

Currently, the areas of specialization available are:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (does not lead to endorsement)
  • Literacy
  • Middle School Mathematics
  • Middle School Social Studies
  • Middle School Science
  • Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education Minor

The Early Childhood Special Education minor prepares individuals to work with young children with special and individual needs in early childhood settings. This program prepares generalists not specialists in any one area. Students interested in this minor will need to integrate the special education courses into their program and complete a 6 credit internship. Courses should be taken in order listed. Minor does not lead to K-12 Special Education endorsement.

Students desiring additional information should contact a member of the Special Education faculty within the Division of Teacher Education.

For course information please visit the Early Childhood Special Education catalog page.

Literacy Minor and Endorsement

The K-12 Literacy Endorsement is recognized by the State of Idaho as authorization to teach reading at any grade level, K-12. Completion of this endorsement and an approved teacher education program enables graduates to perform the duties of a reading teacher at K-12 levels, and to act as reading resource teachers and consultants on reading improvement in their own buildings.  This endorsement is also a valuable addition to all teaching majors at both the elementary and secondary levels, helping prospective teachers learn to deal more effectively with problem readers in their own classrooms, as well as to encourage reading development and enrichment among all students. A strength of the program is the inclusion of supervised practicums, which allows opportunities to work with a wide variety of readers.

The Praxis II exam required for a Literacy endorsement is #5206 - Teaching Reading K-12.

For course information please visit the Literacy catalog page.

Special Education Minor and Endorsement

The Special Education Program prepares individuals to receive a State of Idaho Exceptional Child Certificate with a generalist endorsement.  This certificate enables a special education teacher to work with students with special and individual needs in grades kindergarten through 12 (K-12). It allows teachers to work in a resource program or through inclusion in a regular classroom.  Students must integrate the special education courses and internship into their elementary or secondary teacher program to complete certification.  Courses should be taken in the order listed.

Two Praxis II exams are required for Special Education certification. They are #5543 - Special Education: Content Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Application AND #5001 - Elementary Education Multiple Subjects.

For course information please visit the Special Education catalog page.

Middle School Mathematics Minor and Endorsement

This minor is managed by the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics but is only available to Teacher Education majors. Students seeking a Basic Mathematics endorsement must take coursework in Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry in accordance with State of Idaho certification requirements.

Students must pass the Praxis II exam #5169 - Middle School Mathematics.

For course information please visit the Middle School catalog page.

Middle School Science Minor and Endorsement

This minor is only available to Teacher Education majors. Students seeking Idaho’s Science – Middle Level (Grades 5-9) endorsement with their elementary or secondary certification must take coursework in Biology, Earth Science, and Physical Science that include lab components.

Students must also pass the Praxis II exam #5440: Middle School Science.

State of Idaho Teacher Certification requirements are subject to change. Students should contact their Education Division advisor to ensure compliance with current certification policies.

Middle School Social Studies Minor and Endorsement

This minor is only available to Teacher Education majors. Students seeking Idaho’s Social Studies – Middle Level (Grades 5-9) endorsement with their elementary or secondary certification must take coursework in History, Geography, American Government, Political Science or Economics.

Students must also pass the Praxis II exam #5089: Middle School Social Studies.

State of Idaho Teacher Certification requirements are subject to change. Students should contact their Teacher Education Division advisor to ensure compliance with current certification policies.