The Program of Study: Elementary Teacher Education
Graduates of the LCSC Elementary Teacher Education Program find employment because of their skills and their experiences and the reputation of their alma mater as an excellent teacher preparation institution.
Several special features of the program of study for Elementary Education contribute to this.
- Program Overview
- Program Phases and Courses
- Programs Offered
- About Requirements
- Student Teaching Information
- Teacher Certification Information
Lewis-Clark State College began developing a reputation for its teacher education program over a century ago. To this day, LCSC offers students an innovative Elementary Teacher Education Program that is refined yearly to meet current educational standards.
After completing Principles of Education (ED 214), all general education core and prerequisite courses, and an entrance exam, students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 may apply for entry into the Teacher Education Program.
Upon acceptance into the program, students may enroll in Phase II, Professional Studies coursework, and continue on to Phase III, Professional Internship. Under the guidance of qualified personnel, students participate in a year long internship during which they apply and refine their pedagogical knowledge and skills.
Education students also have the opportunity to join Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society promoting the professional development of educators.
Program Phases and Courses
As an elementary teacher candidate at LCSC, each student will complete the following phases:
- Phase I: General Education Core and Professional Foundations (66 credits)
- Phase II: Professional Studies (30 credits)
- Phase III: Professional Internships I and II (32 credits)
The Education Division offers the following Baccalaureate and Teacher Education programs:
- Elementary Education Major; Grades K-8
- Secondary Education Content Majors with Professional Teaching Certification Program; Grades 6-12
- Special Education
- Kinesiology Major: Physical Education, K-12 and Health, 6-12
- Kinesiology Major (Non-Teaching)
- Sport Administration Major (A joint degree with the Business Division)
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Chemical Dependency Counseling Minor
- Coaching Minor
- Gifted/Talented Learner minor and endorsement; Grades K-12
- Health Education Minor and Endorsement; Grades 6-12
- Kinesiology Teaching Minor and Endorsement; Grades K-12
- Literacy Minor and Endorsement; Grades K-12
- Special Education Minor, Standard Exceptional Child Endorsement Grades K-12
Content areas in which majors or minors may be pursued to support the Teacher Education program offerings leading to secondary certification include: Art; Biology; Chemistry; Drama; English; Foreign Language; Journalism; Music; Speech; Earth Science; History; Mathematics; Natural Science; Political Science; Physical Science; and Social Science.
Purpose of General Education Requirements
The purpose of lower and upper level general education requirements for teacher education students is to provide them with a comprehensive foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. A solid general education develops the mind to its highest potential while increasing the capacity to reason so as to best achieve intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning in personal and professional endeavors. A comprehensive general education is vital to the interdisciplinary demands faced by today's professionals and is a prerequisite to the development of truly educated and competent teachers.
Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree in the Elementary Teacher Education program must complete a minimum of 128 semester credits, have an overall GPA of 2.75 and passing scores on all appropriate Praxis II exams. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that one's program of study fulfills the general education, major, minor, certification, and/or endorsement requirements.
Substitution and Waiver of General Education Requirements
The Education Division does not substitute or waive any institutional general education requirements. Further, a substitution or waiver of general education requirements may jeopardize the student's ability to become certified as a teacher even though one may have graduated. Students desiring to substitute or waive general education requirements should consult with their Education advisor before petitioning any general education requirement.
The Education Division maintains that academic advising is an integral part of the educational process. An effective relationship with an Education Division advisor is one of the avenues through which Education Division majors/minors come to realize the maximum educational benefits available to them while learning to better understand themselves so as to meet their special educational needs and professional aspirations.
Academic advising is mandatory for all Education Division majors/minors. This required advisement means that each student must meet and personally obtain the Education Division advisor's approval on course selection. Students with academic advising questions or concerns should meet with their advisors as soon as they suspect any difficulty, during posted office hours, or by appointment.
Advising is more than class scheduling. Students should come prepared to advising appointments with a tentative class schedule. After completing this initial responsibility, students can expect a professional mentoring relationship with the faculty. It is by this mutual responsibility that quality advising comes to fruition.
Student Teaching Information
- Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education program before a student teaching placement will be considered.
- A grade of "B" or better is required for all Professional Education Courses. Students with deficiencies will not be allowed to student teach.
- Student teachers are expected to fulfill half-day teaching experience and on campus coursework for the Intern I experience and full-day teaching responsibilities for the Intern II experience, participate in extra-curricular and assigned duties, and perform professionally according to public school policies and procedures. They are expected to maintain close contact with faculty and students in the public schools. Student Teaching involves a student's total commitment for the entire semester. Outside employment during student teaching is highly discouraged.
- Student requests for college and school supervision in long distance sites (outside our service area) must be made in writing. The elementary faculty team will approve or disapprove this request based on the on-campus Intern I experience (both in the classroom and on campus coursework). Students will be assessed a fee to assist in paying the added expense of supervision at a long distance site. No guarantee is made that a long distance site will be available or approved.
Teacher Certification Information
- Students who satisfactorily complete the Teacher Education program at Lewis-Clark State College are eligible to apply for one or more of the following state of Idaho teaching certificates: (1) Standard Elementary; and, (2) Standard Secondary. These certificates are issued by the State of Idaho Department of Teacher Education and are recognized in 31 member states of the Interstate Certification Compact. Teacher certification requirements vary among all states and applicants should address any specific state teacher certification requirements to that individual state's education agency responsible for teacher certification.
- Lewis-Clark State College does not issue teaching certificates. The Teacher Education program does provide a statement of approved program completion only for students who have successfully completed the program. Evaluation for certification is made by the Idaho State Department of Education only after the applicant completes the application process. A certificate or notation of deficiencies generally takes 30 days.
- Prior to being recommended to the state for certification, candidates must pass a final review of their work. This will consist of a formal oral evaluation by at least two faculty members and the candidate's on site teacher educator (OSTE). The candidate will, at that review, present a portfolio that reflects mastery of the concepts and skills required to enter the teaching profession. Candidates failing this final oral review will be given a remediation plan and will sit for the final review again.
- Application for state teacher certification is the sole responsibility of the graduate. Idaho certification procedures and forms will be provided following student teaching.
- To obtain an official LCSC statement of completion in the approved Teacher Education programs, the graduate must submit the following to the Education Division:
- A completed "Application For An Idaho Professional Education Credential" form;
- Official transcripts from ALL institutions from which transfer credits are used to meet certification or graduation requirements;
- A check or money order for the appropriate State of Idaho application fee;
- Completed State of Idaho fingerprint cards; and,
- Any additional documents required by the Idaho State Department of Education Teacher Certification Office.
Note: Official LCSC statements of completion are available for other states. Please follow that state certification agency's procedures.
- The Education Division will process, endorse, and mail to the Idaho state education agency only complete applications. Incomplete applications will be returned to the student.
- All data requested on the application form(s) must be supplied by the applicant.
- It is the responsibility of the graduate to meet all state certification requirements for the state to which application is made even if they are different from Idaho certification requirements.