Elementary Education - The PACE Option
The Elementary PACE (Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement) Programs are pathways toward elementary teacher certification or endorsement. These pathways are intended for individuals working as para-educators, substitute teachers, for career changers, and for non-traditional students who cannot attend a traditional campus program.
To be a viable candidate for this program, the applicant 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 Division of Teacher Education, along with copies of all transcripts from higher education institutions.
Transcripts will be evaluated by a Division 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.
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 the academic program located outside your state, or upon changing states. Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosures website for more information.
Option 1: Mastery-Based Pathway
This program is designed for individuals who are seeking and will have obtained employment in a school prior to entrance into the program. The program requires a bachelor’s degree, passing the Praxis for Elementary Education, and the development of an individualized learning plan in conjunction with the school/school district. This pathway varies from the traditional alternate pathways in that applicants will be more self-directed with a strong mentoring component from the school district. Applicants will also be able to vary the time-line in their program with flexible registration and will only be required to complete five performance-based assessments as the fundamental pedogeological coursework. This pathway can be completed in less than a year, while the other pathways typically require multiple terms.
While the delivery of coursework for the Elementary PACE Programs differ from the on-campus Elementary Education Program, the requirements for certification and endorsement are *similar for completers of both programs. Please refer to the Elementary Education page for a list of necessary requirements for program completion and achievement of teacher certification.
* 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.
Option 2: Online & Hybrid
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.
Option 3: Coeur d'Alene
This program of study is composed of two on-campus summers held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In 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 program requirements program plan for Coeur d'Alene.