PACE Elementary Teacher Education
Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement
The PACE Elementary Pathway (Grades K-8)
- Elementary PACE is available in Lewiston and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
- This pathway is intended for individuals with at least two years of college.
- The program of study is composed of two on-campus summers, fall and spring semesters utilizing distance learning technology, and one semester internship. This internship may be concurrent with employment in a school district with the approval and cooperation of the school administration.
- The program is NCATE accredited, rigorous, and performance-based.
- Demonstrated performance and documented life experience permit acceleration.
- Admission is in the summer based on available openings. You may begin prerequisite course work before formal admission.
- This pathway is suitable for paraeducators and individuals on provisional teaching certificates.
Opportunities to Accelerate
PACE provides opportunities for qualified candidates to accelerate through the program based on documented life experiences and demonstrated teaching knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Intermediate academic year PACE courses are delivered online utilizing asynchronous Blackboard. In later phases of the program candidates are provided with web cameras and software that permit candidates to receive personal face-to-face advising, participate in small group seminars, and during internship, be observed teaching in their classrooms. Candidates should apply for admission no later than January preceding the first summer session they plan to attend.
Minors and Endorsements
PACE provides online course work in certain minors and endorsements. These require the individual to hold or be simultaneously working toward Teaching Certification.
Individuals interested in PACE should begin by submitting a Request For Transcript Evaluation Form to the Education Division together with copies of all transcripts from higher education institutions including Dantes forms for military personnel, a brief explanation of their background and teaching experience, if any, and a check payable to "LCSC" in the amount of $35.00. If the individual decides to affiliate with PACE, $30.00 of this amount will be credited to the PACE Program Admission Fee. The PACE Program Assistant will evaluate the transcripts and send an evaluation report to the individual. The PACE Elementary Coordinator will follow-up with a written advising letter. The report identifies content and pedagogic courses for which the individual may receive credit and a list of course work still needed to be completed. Directions are provided for applying for admission to the college and the PACE Program.
State Provisional Certificate
In emergency situations a school district may employ an individual as a teacher under the State Provisional Certificate. This certificate is good for one year and is non-renewable. The one year certificate provides time for individual to be admitted to PACE and begin their studies to complete certification requirements. Eligibility for this certificate requires a bachelor's degree.