Division of Teacher Education

Teacher Education Minors to enhance your degree

Several minors and/or endorsements are available for elementary and secondary education majors to enhance their degree. Currently, the areas of specialization available are:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (does not lead to endorsement)
  • English as a New Language
  • Instructional Technologies
  • Literacy
  • Middle School Mathematics
  • Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education Minor

The Early Childhood Special Education minor prepares individuals to work with young children with special and individual needs in early childhood settings. This program prepares generalists not specialists in any one area. Students interested in this minor will need to integrate the special education courses into their program and complete a 6 credit internship. Courses should be taken in order listed. Minor does not lead to K-12 Special Education endorsement.

Students desiring additional information should contact a member of the Special Education faculty within the Division of Teacher Education.

For course information please visit catalog.lcsc.edu

English as a New Language Minor and Endorsement

This program is for individuals who wish to obtain an English as a New Language (ENL) minor.  The program is designed to prepare regular classroom teachers to effectively meet the needs of students for whom English is not a primary language.  The on-line and on-site series of courses and field experiences are designed to prepare students to pass the required Praxis test necessary for an ENL endorsement.

When combined with an approved teacher education program, this minor qualifies for a State of Idaho "English as a New Language (ENL) K-12" endorsement.  In order to obtain the endorsement, students must also pass the Praxis II exam #5361 - English to Speakers of Other Languages.

For course information please visit catalog.lcsc.edu

 

Instructional Technologies Minor 

This program is designed to prepare regular classroom teachers to effectively deliver online instruction and to successfully integrate media and technology into their classrooms.

When combined with an approved teacher education program, this minor qualifies for a State of Idaho "Online Teacher" endorsement.  The candidate must also qualify for a Standard Instructional Certificate.

For course information please visit catalog.lcsc.edu

Literacy Minor and Endorsement

The K-12 Literacy Endorsement is recognized by the State of Idaho as authorization to teach reading at any grade level, K-12. Completion of this endorsement and an approved teacher education program enables graduates to perform the duties of a reading teacher at K-12 levels, and to act as reading resource teachers and consultants on reading improvement in their own buildings.  This endorsement is also a valuable addition to all teaching majors at both the elementary and secondary levels, helping prospective teachers learn to deal more effectively with problem readers in their own classrooms, as well as to encourage reading development and enrichment among all students. A strength of the program is the inclusion of supervised practicums, which allows opportunities to work with a wide variety of readers.

The Praxis II exam required for a Literacy endorsement is #5301 - Reading Specialist.

For course information please visit catalog.lcsc.edu

Special Education Minor and Endorsement

The Special Education Program prepares individuals to receive a State of Idaho Exceptional Child Certificate with a generalist endorsement.  This certificate enables a special education teacher to work with students with special and individual needs in grades kindergarten through 12 (K-12). It allows teachers to work in a resource program or through inclusion in a regular classroom.  Students must integrate the special education courses and internship into their elementary or secondary teacher program to complete certification.  Courses should be taken in the order listed.

Two Praxis II exams are required for Special Education certification. They are #5543 - Special Education: Content Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Application AND #5001 - Elementary Education Multiple Subjects.

For course information please visit catalog.lcsc.edu

Middle School Mathematics Minor and Endorsement

This minor is managed by the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics but is only available to Teacher Education majors. Students seeking a Basic Mathematics endorsement must take coursework in Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry in accordance with State of Idaho certification requirements.

Students must pass the Praxis II exam #5169 - Middle School Mathematics.

For course information please visit catalog.lcsc.edu