Offered Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts Degree
An Associate of Arts (AA) Degree comprises sixty (60) credit hours of instruction. Thirty-six (36) of those credit hours must come from the general education requirements from the six “Ways of Knowing”(WOK) outlined by the State of Idaho. The remaining twenty-four (24) credit hours will be chosen from the pathway of the student’s choice. In the AA Degree, of those twenty-four (24) credit hours, a greater emphasis will be put on social sciences and humanities. Students can earn the degree in approximately two (2) years.
Associate of Science Degree
An Associate of Science (AS) Degree comprises sixty (60) credit hours of instruction. Thirty-six (36) of those credit hours must come from the general education requirements from the six “Ways of Knowing” (WOK) outlined by the State of Idaho. The remaining twenty-four (24) credit hours will be chosen from the pathway of the student’s choice. In the AS Degree, of those twenty-four (24) credit hours, a greater emphasis will be put on science and mathematics. Students can earn the degree in approximately two (2) years.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree requires the successful completion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and General Education coursework. The AAS degree requires students to complete at least sixty (60) credit hours, which includes a minimum of fifteen (15) General Education credits, and represents mastery of a defined set of competencies. This degree is designed primarily for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation. Students can earn the degree in approximately two (2) years.
Advanced Technical Certificate
The Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) requires successful completion of at least fifty-two (52) credits in an approved career-technical program and represents mastery of a defined set of competencies. The ATC contains a recognizable core of related instruction or general education with identified outcomes in the areas of communication, computation, and human relations. This certificate is designed primarily for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation. The completion timeline for the ATC varies. Please see the specific program in the catalog for specific timelines.
Intermediate Technical Certificate
The Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) requires successful completion of at least thirty (30) credits in an approved career-technical program and represents mastery of a defined set of competencies. The ITC contains a recognizable core of related instruction or general education with identified outcomes in the areas of communication, computation, and human relations. This certificate is designed primarily for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation. The completion timeline for the ITC varies. Please see the specific program in the catalog for specific timelines.
The Specialized Certificate (SC) is awarded upon successful completion of specific courses that have been industry-validated and sequenced for the purpose of developing and upgrading skills in an occupation.
Basic Technical Certificate
The Basic Technical Certificate (BTC) requires the successful completion at least eight (8) credit hours of Career and Technical Education coursework and represents mastery of a defined set of competencies. This certificate is designed primarily for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation. The BTC can be finished in approximately one (1) year.
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Academic Transfer coursework oriented toward transfer to four-year schools.
Credit courses for high school students.
Certificate and Degrees in Career and Technical Education programs that are designed to help prepare students for the workforce.
Degree Seeking Requirements
- Complete the Application for Admission available online at www.cei.edu/admissions.
- High School Transcripts
- Submit one of the following:
- An official high school transcript showing graduation
- An official GED transcript with an overall Pass posted
- GED transcripts may not come from the institution in which the student tested for their GED but instead through a third (3rd) party site such as parchment.com
- An official DD Form 214 showing high school graduation or equivalent
- High school transcripts must come directly from the high school or from the district office representing the high school from which the student attended and graduated.
- Applicants who transfer in 14 or more college level credits with an accumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher earned after graduating high school will not need to submit a high school or GED transcript.
- CEI will accept foreign transcripts that are in English or have been translated by a NACES accredited translation organization.
- Foreign transcripts must provide documentation that the transcript is equivalent to or higher than US high school or GED graduation standards.
- Applicants who have completed a home school program will be required to submit an official transcript from their home school program.
- College Transcripts
- Submit official college transcript/s from each college the applicant has attended.
- All transcripts must be submitted in English.
- Transcripts not written in English will need to be translated by a certified translation service.
- Some institutions of higher learning may use a third (3rd ) party (e.g., National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment) to send transcripts. CEI will accept transcripts from these sites or transcripts that have been sent through U.S. mail or faxed directly from another institution’s records/registrar office.
- Admissions accepts ONLY official transcripts. Transcripts that have been opened by anyone other than a designated Admissions official are considered unofficial and will not be accepted.
- Submit placement scores such as math, English, or digital literacy if required by the program. See an Admissions Counselor for this information.
- CEI uses the ALEKS for Math placement and the Accuplacer NEXT for English placement.
- CEI will accept placement testing from other institutions if clear eligibility placement scores are included with the documentation the student provides.
- Students may be exempt from institutional testing with qualifying scores on the ACT and SAT, or with completed college level coursework that appears on an official college transcript
- We welcome all students. Undocumented students are encouraged to visit with Admissions to discuss options. At this time we are unable to support F-1 Visas
A conditional admission status occurs when a student has been admitted, but the transcript submitted is still in-progress. Upon submission, Admissions will review the student’s official transcript with final grades, and the student will be assigned a final admission status. Admission under conditional status may remain in effect for no longer than one semester. Students will not be able to register for subsequent semesters until they submit an official transcript showing graduation.
Current high school students will be conditionally accepted. Upon graduation from high school, final and official transcripts from all institutions will be required. These transcripts will be reviewed and transfer credits processed upon official admittance to CEI. Unofficial transcripts (in-progress) may be used for placement into English and Math classes. Once a student is a high school graduate (or equivalent), final and official transcripts will be used for placement.
Underage Admissions Requirements (High School Graduates)
- Be 16 or 17
- Submit one of the following:
- An official final high school transcript or home-school transcript
- Official GED transcripts with an overall Pass posted
- Complete the Petition for Underage Admission and Parental Consent Form
Students under sixteen(16) years of age that have completed high school early will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Student Affairs. In addition to the requirements above, students must submit a letter from a parent or guardian describing the request for an exception to admission requirements.
Students who desire to postpone their start term at CEI can complete a Deferment form. In order to submit a deferment form, applicants must have completed the application process and be accepted to CEI. By completing a Deferment form you can postpone your start term for up to 9 semesters (3 full years) from the semester you are accepted. Students who complete deferment will maintain admissions requirements from the catalog year they were accepted to CEI. Extensions to deferments are considered on a case by case basis. Deferred students are responsible for maintaining contact with CEI at the end of their deferment.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
If the student is not interested in pursuing a degree at CEI they may be admitted as a non-degree seeking student by completing the following steps:
- Complete the Application for Admission available online at www.cei.edu/admissions.
- Unofficial transcripts are required if a student wishes to take general education courses that require prerequisites.
- Non-degree seeking students may register for ten (10) credits for the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.
- If students wish to take more credits a General Petition must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for approval.
- Non-degree seeking students are not admitted to an academic program.
- Non-degree seeking students are expected to adhere to CEI’s student policies .
- Non-degree seeking students must apply as a degree-seeking student if they wish to pursue a degree or certificate.
- Upon acceptance, credits earned during non-degree seeking enrollment will be evaluated for program applicability .
- Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive financial aid.
- If a student fails courses as a non-degree seeking student, their future financial aid eligibility may be impacted if they decide to enroll as a degree-seeking student.
Acceptance into Health Professions and Career Technical Programs (CTE)
Students can contact CEI Admission Counselors or visit cei.edu/admissions for more information on admission requirements. Students may also refer to the program description section of the catalog for information regarding program specific entry requirements. Students who are admitted to CEI to complete prerequisites required for their selected program may have to complete an additional application process to be admitted into program-specific courses. Information will be communicated to applicants regarding their acceptance status into their selected majors and any additional steps they must take. Limited enrollment programs may include those with special admission criteria.
Waitlisted Health Professions and Career Technical Education CEI Programs
Programs falling under the Career Technical Education division may have limited seating. Students who apply to these programs may be put on a waitlist. Admissions for waitlisted programs are based on criteria set up by the head of each program. These criteria can be on a first come first serve system, or by other measures.
Applicants cannot be assured admission until:
- Admission requirements are met
- The student receives a letter of acceptance from the appropriate program
- Students may be allowed to defer admission into CTE for one admission cycle. Students not matriculating will be removed from the waitlist.
Re-Admission of Former Students
If the student returns to College of Eastern Idaho after an absence of two (2) full years, they must re-apply for admissions. Check with an admissions counselor to determine if a placement test is required to be retaken.
If the student has applied within the past year but did not attend, they will need to call the Admissions Office to update their application. If the student does not maintain continuous enrollment, excluding the Summer term, they will lose the right to graduate under the original catalog program requirements and must use the current school year’s catalog at the time of re-enrollment.
Applicants on student visas are not eligible for admission to a program at CEI at this time. These individuals may be allowed to take courses as non-degree seeking students and will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate. Applicants with other types of visas will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
We welcome all students. However, CEI credit-based course work is delivered in English.
Potential students who meet the following criteria are required to complete an English Proficiency Test:
- If you completed high school in a country where English was not the language of instruction.
- If less than the last three years of educational instruction was in English.
Acceptable placement tests or exceptions to satisfy the English Proficiency requirement include the following:
- TOEFL-IBT of 61 or above
- SAT- critical reading 450 or above
- Written recommendation letter from CCR staff after completing ESL program
- If you transfer in more than 24 credits from another U.S. university.