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Non-Traditional Educator Preparation Program

Faculty Contact

All teaching candidates should contact Katie for more information and admission.

Katie Rhodenbaugh

Evaluation and Research Program Assistant

krhodenbaugh@csi.edu

(208) 732-6396

 

Christina Linder

Director

cplinder@csi.edu

(208) 732-6385

Overview

CSI’s Non-traditional Educator Preparation Program is unique in a number of ways: Unlike traditional preparation programs, we strive to individualize each learning plan, accounting for the strengths each teacher-candidate brings. We utilize nationally recognized best practices throughout our instructional modules and performance assessments that are aligned with State Standards and the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching Clusters. The Framework Clusters have been designed by Danielson to focus educators on groupings of the Framework components that better facilitate professional growth across the four Framework Domains and twenty-two Components (the current foundation of Idaho’s teacher evaluation process). These modules can be accessed at almost any time, and from anywhere in the state. Most important, however, is our preparation program’s emphasis on hands-on training and individualized, consistent support for our candidates provided by a highly skilled mentor.

The goal of CSI’s teacher preparation program is to address Idaho’s current teacher shortage by ensuring more flexible and robust training options to support emergency hires throughout Idaho school districts, but also expanding our program to fulfill our vision of partnering with districts to proactively create and fill local teacher pipelines.  Our aim is to work with district leaders to identify career-changers within their communities, and paraprofessionals that we can guide toward the attainment of a bachelor’s degree as necessary. This partnership will enable these candidates to become fully certified and focused on continuous professional learning prior to taking on the responsibilities of a full-time teacher of record.

Initial Certification Program

Teaching Certification Modules
  • Module 1- Classroom Management and the Learning Environment*
  • Module 2- Clarity of Instructional Purpose and Accuracy of Content*
  • Module 3- Professionalism Module*
  • Module 4- Intellectual Engagement and Application of Content Module*
  • Module 5- Successful Learning by All Students*

*All modules include an assigned mentor

Performance-Based Option

Teacher Certification Modules
  • Module 1- Classroom Management and the Learning Environment*
  • Module 2- Clarity of Instructional Purpose and Accuracy of Content*
  • Module 3- Professionalism Module*
  • Module 4- Intellectual Engagement and Application of Content Module*
  • Module 5- Successful Learning by All Students*

    *Mentors are not included in this option- must have permission from the director of this program to enter into this option

Teacher to New Content and Grade level Option

Endorsement Certification Modules
  • Clarity of Instructional Purpose and Accuracy of Content
  • Intellectual Engagement and Application of Content Module

    *Additional modules may be required per individual candidate need

Teacher to New-Content Only Option

Endorsement Certification Modules
  • Intellectual Engagement and Application of Content Module

    *Additional modules may be required per individual candidate need

Employment Opportunities

In April 2018, the State Board of Education approved the College of Southern Idaho to offer a unique teacher preparation program, designed specifically to make a contribution to the exceptional teacher shortages plaguing the schools in our community. In the state’s 2018 Teacher Pipeline Report, it was reported that Region 4 has the highest percentage of teachers working without full certification; specifically, at least one out of every ten teachers is practicing without full certification. This is a fact that could have a long-term, negative impact on our region. Multiple studies have shown that teacher quality is the most critical factor in a child’s education, and while an ineffective teacher can put students at an academic disadvantage and affect their progress for years, a student with a highly effective teacher can have positive long term academic gains. Our teacher preparation program is striving to address this issue in all Idaho school district regions by providing a highly innovative, practical approach to supporting and preparing the many teachers in our community who are teaching while working toward full certification. As a service to our Region 4 district partners, we ask potential candidates who want to teach (but are not already in a school setting) to fill out a brief form that we can share with HR directors. Because most Region 4 districts are familiar with and supportive of our program, it is not uncommon that people from this list are asked to interview when certificated applicants cannot be found. In some cases, potential candidates have seamlessly transitioned into full-time teachers of record through a three-way partnership between CSI the candidate, and the school district.

Estimated Costs

  • Initial Certification Program
    • Each module is $1,000.00
    • Additional Costs- requisite Praxis Test(s) and appropriate Idaho assessments required for certification (ex. Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment)
  • Performance-Based Option
    • Each module is $750.00
    • Additional Costs- requisite Praxis Test(s) and appropriate Idaho assessments required for certification (ex. Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment)
  • Teacher to New Options
    • Each module is $1,500.00
    • Additional Costs- requisite Praxis Test(s) and appropriate Idaho assessments required for certification (ex. Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment)

Each module (including the cost of the mentor and the scoring of performance assessments) is $1,000. (Total cost to the candidate for five modules is $5,000 over two years.)  To challenge a module and do the Performance Assessment only is $500 per module. (Five total assessments can be taken for the cost of $2,500.) The cost for certified teachers to add an additional endorsement takes only one semester, at the cost of $1,500.  CSI has a payment program that candidates can take advantage of, and many districts are utilizing Title II funds to help defray a candidate’s expenses.

Special Requirements

In order to begin taking modules, a candidate must have access to an observable classroom environment and be able to actively teach lessons in the content area in which they are seeking certification. Therefore, to successfully complete module requirements, candidates must be employed as a teacher, paraprofessional, or classroom aid with the ability to gather evidence of their teaching practice on a regular basis. Many of our candidates are employed as a teacher of record, though this is only possible if a candidate already holds a bachelor’s degree and is able to meet the appropriate Content Area Qualifier on the Frequently Asked Questions Page.