Division of Teacher Education

Adding Endorsements enhancing your current certification

Individuals who already hold a valid Standard Instructional Certificate may wish to add subject area endorsements.

In accordance with the Idaho State Department of Education's policy for adding endorsements, individuals must complete a minimum of 20 credits of coursework in the endorsement area, successfully pass the related Praxis II content assessment, provide proof of performance; i.e., competence in teaching the subject area, and secure a signed Institutional Recommendation from the participating college/university.

Approved Endorsements from LCSC

The following areas of endorsement are approved for Lewis-Clark State College:

Earth Science
English as a New Language
Literacy (K-12)
Mathematics - Basic (teaching math subject to Algebra I)
Mathematics - Standard (teaching all math subjects)
Natural Science
Online Teacher (K-12)
Physical Education (6-12 OR K-12)
Special Education (K-12)

(Other endorsement areas may be available at another Idaho college or university.)

Requirements Needed to Add an Endorsement

To add an endorsement in one of LCSC's approved areas, individuals must complete the following:

  • Provide a copy of the valid Idaho teaching certificate;
  • Provide a copy of job evaluations from the past 3 years;*
  • Pass all required courses for the endorsement;
  • Take the LCSC methods course** in the subject area (offered only in the Fall)
  • Pass the related Praxis II content assessment;
  • Have a minimum of three (3) evaluations/observations of teaching in the new subject area.  The evaluations must be done by a representative of the LCSC Division of Teacher Education teacher education program.  (This may include a 3-credit internship.)

*Individuals with less than 3 years teaching should contact the LCSC Division of Teacher Education office.

**Certain endorsement areas specifically require a methods course.  Contact the LCSC Division of Teacher Education Office for more information.

After successful completion of all items, individuals will receive an Institutional Recommendation to include with their Idaho application for revising a certificate.

Any questions should be directed to the LCSC Division of Teacher Education at education@lcsc.edu or 208-792-2260.