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LCSC’s teacher education program receives high honor from NCTQ

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College’s teacher education program has been named one of the top in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization.

In May, as part of a new book, “Start Here to Become a Teacher,” NCTQ named 120 undergraduate programs that excel in preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of their future classrooms. Using nearly two decades of extensive research in teacher preparation, NCTQ assessed programs on critical, evidence-based measures, including rigorous admissions process, emphasis on research-based approaches to teaching reading and math for elementary candidates, content knowledge for secondary candidates, training in classroom management strategies that work for all students, and quality student teaching experiences.

Of the 872 undergraduate programs reviewed, Lewis-Clark State College was recognized as a leader in the field.

“The universities named in Start Here are exemplary in their dedication to training the next generation of great teachers,” says Kate Walsh, NCTQ President and book author. “We commend these institutions for the thoughtful manner in which they’ve grounded their approach to teacher preparation in what research shows to actually be effective.”

NCTQ is committed to modernizing the teaching profession and is based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. The organization recognizes that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their profession’s many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers.

To learn more about LCSC’s teacher program, visit the Teacher Education Division’s website at