Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) began developing a reputation for its teacher education program over a century ago. To this day, LCSC offers students an Elementary Teacher Education Program that is refined annually to exceed the latest expectations and standards for teachers. Graduates of the LCSC Elementary Teacher Education Program find employment because of their experience, skills, 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, clinical internship under the guidance of a faculty member and an on-site teacher educator in local elementary or middle schools.
  • In accordance with state certification requirements, students will complete coursework for a minor/endorsement in a second teaching area. It is the students' responsibility to work closely with their advisors to ensure compliance with certification requirements. To view the required courses specific to the education program, look at the official Elementary Education program plan.
  • Before being recommended for an endorsement in elementary education, students in the Elementary Education Program 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
    • reflective professionals

Note for Students with Out-of-State Home Addresses: If considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning this academic program located outside your state, or upon changing states. Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosures website for more information.

Other Key Assessments & Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to get into the Elementary Program
  • Grade of "B-" or better in all Professional Studies coursework (Phase II and III; see program plan)
  • 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 and PBA
  • Passage of the exit interview
  • Completion and Review of all LCSC requirements for graduation
  • Completion and Review of all Idaho requirements for certification

Certification Options

The Elementary Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement (PACE) Programs are pathways toward elementary teacher certification or endorsement for individuals who are changing careers, working as para-educators or substitute teachers, or non-traditional students who cannot attend a traditional campus program.

To be a viable candidate for this program, you must have completed coursework equivalent to an associate degree or already have acquired a bachelor’s degree. For those completing the program as undergraduates, the program will result in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education along with Idaho Standard Instructional Certification.

Each program is individually tailored to the applicant and requirements for completion are based on an initial evaluation of progress toward a degree or based on coursework and experience with youth.

Individuals considering PACE programs should begin by submitting a Request for Transcript Evaluation Form to the Teacher Education & Mathematics Division, along with copies of all transcripts from higher education institutions.

Transcripts will be evaluated by the Division's Program Assistant and an evaluation report will be emailed to the requestor. The evaluation report identifies content and pedagogy coursework for which the individual might receive credit and includes a list of coursework needed to achieve certification.  Also provided are directions for applying to the college and first steps toward class registration.

Evaluation form for the Mastery Based Pathway

Evaluation form for the Online Elementary Pathway

Evaluation form for the Coeur d'Alene Cohort Pathway

Note for Students with Out-of-State Home Addresses: If considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning this academic program located outside your state, or upon changing states. Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosures website for more information.

Pathway Options

This program is comprised of classes offered with online delivery of content and methodology. Candidates in this program are permitted to complete the field experience coursework and practicum experiences in schools where partnerships with LCSC can be established. The program can begin in any semester; however, field experience and practicum hours may only be earned during sessions when there are access to students, to complete the required activities (e.g. traditional school semesters). Each program of study for an applicant is carefully tailored to meet the learning needs in the context which the applicant is planning on taking courses. Attendance for some courses will require the candidate to attend virtually with classmates. These days and times will be determined to best fit those enrolled in the course based on availability of candidates as well as the course instructor.

This program of study is composed of two on-campus summers held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  Between the two summers, students take coursework online and, once all coursework is completed, student teaching (internship) occurs at an approved, accredited site in the general area where the student lives. The program is rigorous and performance-based.  The PACE Program begins in the summer based on available openings.  You may begin prerequisite coursework before formal admission to the PACE Program.

To view a comprehensive list of required courses and schedule for delivery, please review the Elementary PACE Bachelor's program plan for Coeur d'Alene.  Post-baccalaureate participants will receive an endorsement in Elementary Education on their Idaho Standard Instructional Certificate.  Please review the post-baccalaureate program plan for specific requirements for Coeur d'Alene.