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Lewis-Clark State college offers a degree in Elementary Education with the PACE Option available in Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Twin Falls, Idaho. The program is available for those who work in an educational setting that have not earned a traditional educational diploma past an Associate degree or its equivalent. Students should be interested in the goal of earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in addition to Teacher certification.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize elementary education and skill development which will be applicable as an educator. Those classes include foundations of reading and literacy, the beginning reader, the developing reader, literacy development in a culturally and linguistically diverse classroom, and literacy development in an academically diverse classroom, among others.
Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the necessary education and professional qualifications for roles as elementary educators in addition to earning their licensing in education. Those qualifications include using foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum, using appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections, use a wide range of texts from traditional print, digital, and online resources, understand various types of assessments and their purposes and strengths and employ them appropriately in the practice, to select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both in traditional print and electronic formats, for specific purposes, and to use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
The LCSC Teacher Education programs are fully accredited by NCATE.
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