A Tradition of Preparing Highly-Qualified Teachers
Lewis-Clark State College began creating a reputation for its teacher education program over a century ago. LCSC offers its students innovative and successful teacher education programs.
Lewis-Clark State College continues to draw recognition for its excellence in preparing highly-qualified teacher by offering innovative programs in elementary and secondary education. These programs provide coursework and classroom teaching experiences that help students to become competent teachers under the mentorship of a team of successful, college faculty and classroom teachers.
LCSC Teacher Education promotes high quality in teaching through a unique combination of student-centeredness, collaborative instruction, curriculum integration, professional partnerships, a dedicated faculty, and attention to performance assessment.
Professional programs to meet your needs
To accommodate individuals who are presently working in the schools and wish to earn full Elementary or Secondary Teaching Certificates LCSC offers PACE (Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement). PACE enables a highly diverse clientele access to teacher education programs on and off campus, at nontraditional times and by means of non-traditional delivery modes.
Our goal is to prepare caring professionals who teach for understanding in communities of learning
The teacher education programs are designed to prepare competent, caring teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be effective in helping all students learn. More details about the goal and what it means may be found at the Conceptual Framework page.
Through the educational experiences gained from classroom activities and on-site, field placements, teacher education students (referred to as teacher candidates) develop the knowledge and skills of a highly qualified teacher. This purposeful collection of knowledge and skills is defined by a focused set of Professional Standards for Teaching. The Professional Standards become the foundation of the teacher education curriculum. They ensure that the teacher candidate remains focused throughout preparation to become a teaching professional and can readily demonstrate these competencies to others.
Students in teacher education provide evidence of their skills through performance, demonstrating that they have developed into dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, content specialists, competent educational designers, capable educational facilitators, insightful educational evaluators, and reflective professionals.
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Quality field experiences are the cornerstone of LCSC's teacher education programs.
Teacher candidates at LCSC participate in multiple, school-based experiences with classroom teachers who demonstrate best practices. Field experiences, spanning five or more semesters, culminate in a yearlong internship. These experiences provide teacher candidates with opportunities to explore the connection between theory and practice and to work with a variety of students, including those from culturally diverse and exceptional populations. Teacher candidates gain competence through frequent interaction with a community of skilled practitioners and gain confidence in their teaching skills through reflective practice.
Aided by its reputation as an effective teacher preparation program, LCSC teacher education graduates have a high level of success in securing teaching positions.
A variety of special facilities, projects, and opportunities
Students studying teacher education at LCSC enjoy excellent facilities and special learning opportunities. Technology for Teachers ensures that students have access to current, instructional technologies.
Kappa Delta Pi and the Student Education Association (SEA) are student organizations that offer leadership and professional growth opportunities.