PACE Secondary Teacher Education
Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement
The PACE Secondary Pathway (Grades 6-12)
PACE (Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement) is an option for individuals who possess at least a BA/BS Degree or have met all the requirements for the degree and desire to earn secondary teaching licensure. These individuals are not free to attend full-time on-campus classes. Candidates may work toward Secondary (grades 6-12) Teaching Certification in many academic areas not available to LCSC undergraduates except Professional and Technical teaching fields that PACE does not support at this time. Idaho Secondary teaching Certification requires the candidates to have 30 semester credits of specified course work in a teaching major and 20 credits in a teaching minor, or 45 credits in a single comprehensive teaching field, and be recommended for licensure upon successful completion of an approved teacher education program. For candidates needing additional course work in their teaching content area, there are a variety of online providers for most academic areas in addition to LCSC. PACE supports candidates in Idaho, across the country, and overseas.
Opportunities to Accelerate
PACE provides opportunities for qualified candidates to accelerate through the program based on documented experiences and demonstrated teaching knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
All PACE Education 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. Individuals may apply for admission to PACE throughout the year, but classes are scheduled by Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.
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.
Orientation and Workshop
There is a short three-day on-campus Orientation and Workshop each June. To gain full admission and be allowed to enroll in the last Phase of PACE, candidates must attend the Orientation. Candidates are advised to attend the workshop as soon in their program of studies as possible.
State Alternative Authorization - Content Specialist
PACE supports the State of Idaho Alternative Authorization - Content Specialist option to earn teaching certification. This option is available to individuals who have a BA/BS Degree, 8-16 semester credits of education course work, passing scores on the state required Praxis II examinations, and are offered employment by an Idaho school district. Candidates have up to three years to complete their individually designed program of studies based on an extensive multi-criteria assessment of content and pedagogic knowledge, skills, and dispositions including examinations, demonstrations, teaching evaluations, portfolios, and more. Candidates are regarded as "highly qualified" under NCLB and may teach for three years on a non-renewable Interim certificate. PACE candidates who are offered employment and meet the criteria can easily adapt their PACE program of studies to the Alternative Authorization - Content Specialist option.
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 under the Alternative Authorization - Content Specialist option.
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 your background and teaching experience, if any, and a check payable to "LCSC" in the amount of $35.00. If you decide 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 Secondary 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.
Students not admitted to the PACE Program, under unique circumstances and with special permission from the Division, may be allowed to enroll in PACE courses.