This program is designed to prepare individuals with a bachelor’s degree to become fully certified teachers. The program is completed online with support from mentors and instructors while working full-time in the classroom. Additional professional development is also provided in your region. Courses can be completed in as little as two weeks or take as long as one calendar year depending on your needs.

This program is also available for teachers who are looking to add an additional endorsement area to an existing license.

Program Format:

The program is designed around the needs of the applicant and includes an individualized learning plan. The plan consists of the following elements:

  • 5 Module Core Program
  • Weekly virtual seminar/conference
  • Quarterly professional development
  • Literacy Proficiency Exams (ICLS), or courses – if applicable
  • Professional Development in teaching Mathematics (MTI/TMT) – if applicable
  • Additional content coursework – if applicable

To apply for the program please complete this Mastery-Based Pathway form and return via email to [email protected] along with all requested documentation. You may also print out the form and fax 208-792-2820, or mail the documentation to:

Lewis-Clark State College
Education Division
500 8th Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501

Required Courses:

ED 476: Learner Development & Differentiation (Module A)

Builds pedagogical knowledge for the candidates about students: development, individual learning differences, learning environments, and uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities.

ED 477: Creating an Environment that Fosters College and Career Ready Skills (Module B)

Builds pedagogical knowledge for the candidates in creating supportive environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation in students. With a focus specifically on the development of the skills necessary for college and career readiness.

ED 478: Creating an Environment for All Learners (Module C)

Builds pedagogical knowledge for the candidates in creating supportive environments that encourage individual and collaborative learning, positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation in students, With a focus specifically on understanding diversity.

ED 479: Differentiation and Application of Content (Module D)

Builds pedagogical knowledge for the candidates in their content area(s) to make the content accessible to students. Specific focus will be in the development of engaging learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues that leads toward mastery of content.

ED 480: Designing Instruction and Assessment Literacy (Module E)

Builds pedagogical knowledge for the candidates in methodologies of assessment, planning, and instruction. Specific attention is given to the impact of assessment on learning, instruction for learning, student’s application of knowledge, community context, and decision making for curriculum.

Content Endorsement Areas Available:

  • American Government/ Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • Bilingual Education (K-12)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication (Speech & Debate)
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Economics
  • English as a New Language (ENL)
  • English Language Arts
  • Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Child Generalist
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Health
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Natural Science
  • Online Teacher
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theater Arts
  • Visual Arts

Note: The Mastery-Based pathway is significantly different in coursework requirements. The required modules have been designed to incorporate the Idaho Standards for Initial Certification of Professional School Personnel through practice and experience rather than typical Carnegie Unit coursework.