Division of Teacher Education

Elementary Teacher Education intro, overview, and requirements

Introduction

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. Graduates of the LCSC Elementary Teacher Education Program find employment because of their skills, their experiences, and the reputation of their alma mater as an excellent teacher preparation institution.

Program Overview & Requirements

Students enrolled in the Elementary Teacher Education program (grades K-8) will complete 62 credits of professional education courses including a year-long internship under the guidance of a faculty member and an on-site teacher educator in a local elementary or middle school.  Elementary Education students will have opportunities to learn about, evaluate, practice, and refine a variety of teaching strategies based on best teaching practices as identified by professional organizations in content areas taught to elementary students. Students in Elementary Education will provide evidence through performance that they have become dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, content specialists, competent educational designers, capable educational facilitators, insightful educational evaluators, culturally responsive professionals, and reflective professionals before being recommended for an endorsement in elementary education. In accordance with state certification requirements, students will complete coursework for a minor/endorsement in a second teaching area.  It is the student's responsibility to work closely with his/her advisor to ensure compliance with certification requirements.  To view the required courses specific to the education program, browse through the description of the four phases listed below. For a comprehensive list of courses needed for the Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree, look at the official Elementary Education program plan.

There are four phases in the Elementary Education Program.

Phase I - General Education Core, Content Area Major, and Professional Foundations in Education

Coursework required:

  • Complete the LCSC General Education Core Classes.  
  • Professional Foundations coursework --
    • ED 214 - Principles of Education & Field Experience
    • ED 216 - Physical Education for Elementary Teachers
    • ED 224 - Technologies for a Digital World 
    • HLTH 215 - Elementary Health Science Methods
    • RE 217 - Children's Literature & Storytelling
    • MATH 157 - Math for Elementary Teachers

other key assessments and qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Grade of "C-" or better in all required Professional Foundations coursework
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Minor Endorsement Area coursework or a cumulative GPA in the minor endorsement courses of 3.0 or higher.
  • Proficient performance in the Phase I practicum experience
  • Application to the Teacher Education Program, including passing score(s) on one of 4 entrance exam options (ACT/SAT/Praxis II Series 5001)
  • Entrance interview
  • Evidence of the appropriate dispositions of a teacher
  • Complete preliminary background check

Phase II - Professional Studies in Education

Coursework required:

  • Full completeion of LCSC Core Requirements
  • Professional Studies coursework (required):
    • ED/PSYC 318 - Assessment of Learning
    • ED/PSYC 321 - Educational Psychology
    • ED 328 - Methods of Teaching Math
    • RE/SE 319 - Field Experience in Education I
    • RE/SE 320 - Understanding the Literacy Process
    • RE/SE 324 - Assessment of Literacy Development
    • RE/SE 325 - Field Experience in Education II
    • ED 345 - Culturally Relevant Teaching
    • ED 424 - Media & Techs for Teaching K-12
    • ED 425 - Methods & Management K-8
    • RE 401 - Phonemic Awareness
    • SE 322 - Inclusionary Strategies
    • Completion of all Minor Endorsement Area required classes

Other Key Assessments and Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Professional Studies coursework
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Minor Endorsement Area coursework or a cumulative GPA in the minor endorsement courses of 3.0 or higher
  • Proficient professional performances in authentic settings
  • Review of the progress in Phase II objectives/requirements 
  • Evidence of the appropriate dispositions of a teacher
  • Review of performance in Phase II
  • Passing scores on all subtests of Praxis II (5001 series) NOTE: Exams must be taken and passed the semester prior to entering Phase III.  To enter Phase III in a fall semester the exams must be passed no later than the previous July.  To enter Phase III in a spring semester the tests must be passed no later than the previous December.  It is wise not to delay.  See www.ets.org for details.

Phase III - Professional Internship in Education, Part 1

Coursework required:

  • Internship in Instructional Design, Facilitation, and Evaluation coursework (required)
    • ED 426 - Professional Internship in Education I, K-8
    • ED 427 - Professional Seminar in Education I, K-8
    • SE 428 - Adaptive Teaching I, K-8

Other key assessments and qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Minor Endorsement Area coursework or a cumulative GPA in the minor endorsement courses of 3.0 or higher
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Internship coursework
  • Proficient professional performances in authentic settings
  • Successful maintenance of a reflective, professional journal
  • Proficient achievement on the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA)
  • Requisite progress on the Professional Portfolio
  • Passing Score on pertinent Praxis II Minor Endorsement Area exam. NOTE: the exam must be taken and passed prior to entering Phase IV.  To begin Phase IV in a fall semester the endorsement exam must be passed no later than the previous July.  To begin Phase IV in a spring semester the endorsement exam must be taken and passed no later than the previous December.  It is wise not to delay.  See www.ets.org for details.
  • Evidence of the appropriate dispositions of a teacher
  • Review of progress in Phase III objectives/requirements
  • Pass the required Idaho State Background Check
  • Complete and submit Graduation Application

Phase IV - Professional Internship in Education, Part 2

Coursework required:

  • Internship in Instructional Design, Facilitation, and Evaluation coursework (required)
    • ED 429 - Professional Internship in Education II, K-8
    • ED 430 - Professional Seminar in Education II, K-8
    • SE 431 - Adaptive Teaching II, K-8

Other Key Assessments and Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Professional Studies coursework
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Minor Endorsement coursework or cumulative GPA in the minor endorsement courses of 3.0 or higher
  • Proficient professional performances in authentic settings
  • Evidence of the appropriate dispositions of a teacher
  • Completion of the Professional Portfolio
  • Passage of the exit interview
  • Review of all LCSC requirements for graduation
  • Review of all Idaho requirements for certification