Candidates who satisfactorily complete a Teacher Education program at LCSC are eligible to apply for a State of Idaho Instructional Certificate.
Issued by the State of Idaho Department of Education, this certificate is recognized in all 50 member states of the NASDTEC Interstate Contract. Teacher certification requirements vary among all states, and applicants should address any questions concerning teacher certification requirements to the individual state teacher certification agencies.
LCSC does not issue teaching certificates. The LCSC Teacher Education Program does provide a statement of approved program completion only for students who have successfully completed the program. The Idaho State Department of Education evaluates for certification only after the applicant completes the application process. A certificate or notation of deficiencies may take 8 to 10 weeks.
Prior to being recommended to the state for certification, candidates must pass a final review of their work. This consists of a formal oral evaluation by at least two faculty members and one on-site teacher educator. The candidate presents, at that review, a portfolio that reflects mastery of the concepts and skills required to enter the teaching profession. Candidates failing this final oral review are given a remediation plan and sit for the final review again.
The Idaho Department of Education requires all teacher candidates in the LCSC Elementary Teacher Education Program to pass the Praxis II (5001 series) subject area exams and the Praxis II exam that is pertinent to their minor endorsement in order for the college to recommend them for certification. The 5001 series of tests must be passed prior to entering Phase III. To begin Phase III in a fall semester the tests must be passed no later than the previous July. To begin Phase III in a spring semester the tests must be passed no later than the previous December. It is wise not to delay.
The Endorsement Area Praxis exam must be passed prior to entering Phase IV. To begin Phase IV in a fall semester the test must be passed no later than the previous July. To begin Phase IV in a spring semester the test must be passed no later than the previous December. It is wise not to delay.
In helping to prepare for the Praxis II content assessments, some study guides are available for check-out in the Division office. Please contact Division office staff for a list of study guides. We limit the check-out period to two weeks to allow for access to more students. Even though ETS has regenerated most of the exams to a computer-delivered format, these guides should still provide the students with a sense of the types of questions and content they will most likey be presented with on the Praxis II exams.
ETS also offers study guides for purchase (electronic download). Go to https://www.ets.org/prasix/prepare/materials?WT.ac=praxishome_prepare_121126