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Program Information

Business education is a critical aspect of modern education and plays a vital role in preparing students for the workforce. A teacher education endorsement in this field helps educators to better understand and teach the essential skills needed to succeed in today’s technology driven economy. This fully online program prepares students earning their Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and meets the SDE and IDCTE standards for the endorsement in Business Technology Education (grades 6-12).

Our dedicated faculty are here to support, inspire, and empower you throughout your education and beyond. Join us, find your future at ISU, and make a positive impact on students’ lives as you prepare them for careers in a technology-driven economy. 

  • Business education impacts and skills include:
    • Accounting
    • Business communication and business law
    • Computer applications and technology
    • Communication skills, verbally and writing
    • Consumer economics
    • Critical thinking and problem-solving
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics and professionalism
    • Financial literacy, budgeting, saving and investing
    • Information technology 
    • Interview and job searching strategies
    • Leadership and preparing for the world of work
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Social media

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Idaho State University Admissions Process

For Undergraduate Students:
  1. Create an account with Idaho State University 

  2. Materials needed include:  

    • Transcripts or GED

    • Official ACT or SAT scores

    • $50 application fee

      (waived for graduates of Idaho high schools)

For Transfer Students:

Must have a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA in fourteen (14) or more credit hours to apply.

  1. Fill out the application 
  2. $50 application fee (waived for graduates of Idaho high schools)
  3. Submit final official transcript(s) from each college attended. If currently attending, in-progress transcripts are accepted, but a final official transcript must be sent upon completion of coursework.

ISU Course Catalog

B.A. or B.S. in Secondary Education - Business Education, Certification

Preparing professional educators for leadership, development, and performance improvement in organizations

  • Secondary Education Graduation Requirements
  • Professional Education Core
  • Business Education – 30-credit Endorsement
  • Additional Content Teaching Endorsement – 20+ credits
B.A. or B.S. in Secondary Education - Business Technology, Single Subject

Preparing professional educators for leadership, development, and performance improvement in organizations

  • Professional Education Core
  • Required Secondary Education Course
  • Business Education - 45-credit Single Subject Endorsement

Job Placement and Salaries

Business educators are in high demand and the skills they have and teach are highly desirable in today’s job market: 

  • Job Placement Rate: 100%
  • Average Median Salary $61,820 according Occupational Outlook Handbook 
  • Alumni jobs include: 
    • Teacher/ Advisor
    • Business Department Chair
    • Career Technical Education Administrator
    • District CTE Director
    • CTE Program Managers

News/ Professional Organizations 

  • Business Professionals of America (BPA) as a student participant and as a future advisor. Local, state, and national participation. (BPA.org & IdahoBPA.org)
  • Idaho Business Education Association, (IBEAStrong.org)
  • National Business Education Association, (NBEA.org)
  • Association of Career Technical Education, (ACTEonline.org )
Brenda Jacobsen

Dr. Brenda Jacobsen, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Garrison 621

(208) 282-4967