Welcome to PACE!
We are proud of our nationally recognized programs to assist highly qualified individuals to earn Elementary (grades K-8) and Secondary (grades 6-12) teacher certification. Our programs are geared to meet the needs of a variety of individual situations. We offer traditional on-campus programs as well as cutting edge distance learning programs for individuals who cannot attend regularly scheduled on-campus classes. Individuals with an Associate Degree or higher can earn a B.S. Degree and Elementary Teacher Certification. With a B.A./B.S. Degree individuals can earn a Secondary Teaching Certificate in a variety of teaching fields. We work with mid-life career changers and veterans and support the State of Idaho Alternative Authorization - Content Specialist option for certification. Our tuition and fees continue to be among the most reasonable in the Northwest, and we are consistently ranked among the top comprehensive colleges in the region by U.S. News and World Report.
In 2006 the University Continuing Education Association awarded the LCSC PACE program the Distance Learning Program of Excellence Award.
PACE Elementary Program
Cohorts in Lewiston and Coeur D'Alene Combine Rich Summer Classroom and Field Experiences With Online Asynchronous Courses and Personal Web Cameras.
PACE Elementary is intended for highly qualified individuals who possess Associate Degrees or their equivalent plus certain core courses. The program includes two summer sessions and field experiences with cohorts organized in both Lewiston and Coeur d'Alene, an intermediate academic year of online classes, and a semester of student teaching near the candidates' residences. During the intermediate academic year elementary candidates receive instruction via the Internet utilizing asynchronous Blackboard courses. Candidates also use personal web cameras to facilitate advising and internship supervision. Online teaching minors and endorsements are available in Reading, Gifted/Talented Education and Special Education (not currently entirely online). The program is particularly suitable for para-professionals and teachers' aids. Undergraduates earn a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and teacher certification. The program can be tailored for individuals who already hold B.A./B.S. Degrees. PACE supports State of Idaho Provisional Certification and Alternative Authorization: Content Specialist options.
PACE Secondary Program
Cohorts Attend a Three-Day On-Campus Orientation in the Summer and Complete Their Studies Online Using Asynchronous Courses and Personal Web Cameras.
Highly qualified secondary candidates must possess a B.A./B.S. Degree. Candidates with majors in non-teaching fields will earn required state content courses as they complete PACE courses. Secondary candidates attend a required three-day on-campus summer orientation and workshop. The secondary PACE program is delivered on the Internet through asynchronous Blackboard courses supported in later phases by web cameras and software. Post-baccalaureate candidates may earn certification in single subject and broad-field teaching subjects. PACE provides individuals opportunities to accelerate based on documented life experiences and demonstrated pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Online teaching minors and endorsements are available in Gifted/Talented Education; and Special Education. PACE supports individuals on the State of Idaho Provisional Certificate or Alternative Authorization: Content Specialist options. PACE does not support Professional-Technical Certification at this time.