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Division of Teacher Education

Teacher Education Programs intro and overview

Introduction - A Tradition of Preparing Highly-Qualified Teachers

EDU Gem BoxLewis-Clark State College was created with a single purpose--to prepare teachers. Now, more than a century later, the LCSC Division of Teacher Education continues to draw recognition for its excellence in preparing highly-qualified teachers. Innovative programs in both elementary and secondary education are offered by a caring and dedicated faculty.  These programs provide coursework and extensive clinical experiences that help students to become great teachers.

LCSC Teacher Education promotes high quality in teaching through a unique combination of student-centeredness, collaborative instruction, curriculum integration, professional partnerships, a dedicated faculty, extensive field experiences, and attention to performance assessment. For undergraduate students, LCSC offers Bachelor's Degrees in Elementary and Secondary Education. Completion under these disciplines also leads to an Idaho teaching certificate. For the post-baccalaureate student, our Elementary and Secondary Education programs lead to state certification.  Numerous areas of specialization can also be completed.

Learn more about our Elementary Education Program!

Learn more about our Secondary Education Program!

Our Mission to Prepare Caring Professionals Who Teach for Understanding in Communities of Learning

Our teacher education programs are designed to prepare competent, caring teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be effective in helping all students learn.

Through the education experiences gained from college coursework and on-site field placements in schools, our teacher education students (referred to as teacher candidates) develop the knowledge and skills to become highly-qualified teachers. Coursework and field experiences revolve around a focused set of Professional Standards for Teachers. Continual attention to professional standards ensures that the teacher candidate remains focused on the right capabilities to perform successfully in shaping and facilitating the education of young learners.

To find out what is important to us in the preparation of highly-qualified teachers, read more about our Mission and Conceptual Framework.

To find out the traits that we expect our students to gain to become highly-qualified teachers, read about our Professional Standards.


1.  The program completer understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

2.  The program completer uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

3.  The program completer works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.

4.  The program completer understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

5.  The program completer understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6.  The program completer understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

7.  The program completer plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

8.  The program completer understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

9.  The program completer engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. The program completer seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Did you know...?

Our teacher education program was re-accredited by NCATE in May of 2014!