LCSC Teacher Prep Program re-accredited

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Lewis-Clark State College Teacher Preparation Program, housed within the Division of Education and Kinesiology, achieved re-accreditation through the Idaho State Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

This cornerstone program at LCSC was first approved by the Idaho State Board of Education in 1976 upon recommendation of the Idaho Professional Standards Commission (PSC).  Accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) followed that same year. The program has been state and nationally accredited since.

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The undergraduate program provides teacher preparation in elementary education, special education, and secondary education certification in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history and social studies, health and physical education, natural sciences, and math.

“The LCSC Teacher Preparation Program is committed to preparing highly qualified teachers,” said Dr. Heather Van Mullem, chair of the Division of Education and Kinesiology.  “Our successful re-accreditation illustrates the quality of our program as recognized by state and national accrediting bodies.”

Don Lee, principal at Grantham Elementary School in Clarkston, Washington, said LCSC’s Teacher Preparation Program has provided Grantham with outstanding teacher candidates.

“Most of our interns come from LCSC and the two neighboring universities,” said Lee.  “Without a doubt, the LCSC interns are way ahead of the curve.  They arrive better prepared, work harder, and seem more invested in their craft.  Our last two hires have come from our LCSC student teachers…this is becoming a well-established trend.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Van Mullem at hivanmullem@lcsc.edu or 208.792.2781.