Pathways to Accelerated Certification and Endorsement (PACE)

Based in Coeur d'Alene, the PACE Program provides opportunity for qualified candidates to achieve elementary teacher certification and endorsement.  Whether getting a jump-start on college credits or changing careers, this pathway might be right for you if you are unable to attend a traditional, teacher-education program.

Individuals considering PACE programs should begin by submitting a Request for Transcript Evaluation Form, and copies of all transcripts from higher education institutions, to the Elementary PACE Program Director in Coeur d'Alene.

Transcripts will be evaluated and a meeting set up with 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.

In order to enter the first summer program, the qualified applicant will have a minimum 3.0 GPA and taken the Multiple Subjects Praxis 5001 exam.  All Praxis exams must be passed prior to the candidate entering the second summer program.

Content endorsement areas, that meet state certification requirements, include:

  • Literacy
  • Middle School Math
  • Middle School Science
  • Middle School Social Studies
  • Special Education

While the delivery of coursework for the PACE Elementary Education Program differs from the on-campus Elementary Education Program, the requirements for completion are similar for both programs.  Please refer to the Elementary Education page for a list of necessary requirements for program completion and achievement of teacher certification.

Content Competency can be measured by:

  1. Having completed a baccalaureate in the area to be taught (e.g. Literacy, Special Education, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, or Special Education), or
  2. Successfully passing the Praxis exam(s) in the area for certification, or
  3. A sufficient score on the “Uniform Standard for Evaluating Content Competency Rubric.”