The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is designed to prepare proactive educators who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to positively impact the growth and learning of all grade 1-5 students. The requirements of the curriculum are designed to prepare educators who will perform professionally and successfully in a variety of elementary settings in a world of continuous social and cultural change.
Education majors complete a prescribed curriculum during their freshman and sophomore semesters. In order to enroll in 3000/4000 level professional education courses, majors must be formally admitted to the teacher education program.
To be admitted to the teacher education program, candidates must:
- complete at least 65 hours of degree credit;
- achieve a grade point average of at least 2.5;
- earn credit (with a “C” or higher) for EDCI 1030, EDCI 2020, EDCI 2030, EDCI 2700, EDCI 2900, and KINS 2600;
- pass the following Pre-Professional Skills PRAXIS tests: Reading (0710 or 5710), Writing (0720 or 5720), and Mathematics (0730 or 5730). This requirement is waived for those possessing an ACT score of 22+ or an SAT score of 1030+;
- demonstrate writing competency;
- demonstrate computer competency by passing a computer competency examination or successfully completing CMIS 1000;
- complete a Dispositions Self-Rating Scale;
- document six hours of approved service;
- submit Professional Statement to selected Department of Education faculty;
- complete the Technology Skills Inventory;
- complete the program entrance interview;
- complete background check with LSUA or with parish in which grades 1-5 school observation and participation requirements will be met;
- receive Department of Education faculty approval of completed application for entry into LSUA’s Professional Teacher Education Program.
All students, regardless of the catalog under which they matriculated at the university, must meet these requirements.
The university will make every reasonable effort to honor the statement of curricular requirements in the chosen issue of the LSUA Catalog. However, courses and programs are sometimes discontinued, and requirements are changed as a result of actions by accrediting associations and other external agencies.
Requirements for Student Teaching (EDCI 4900)
Applications for student teaching must be submitted to the Director of Clinical Practice no later than four weeks following the first day of classes in the semester prior to student teaching. Late applications cannot be guaranteed consideration. Before being officially admitted to student teaching or internship, students must meet the following criteria:
- attain senior standing with an overall grade point average of at least 2.5;
- pass PRAXIS II: Elementary Education Content Knowledge (0014 or 0514) and Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (0622 or 5622);
- complete an additional six hours of approved service;
- complete six hours of professional development;
- complete all coursework (with a grade of “C” or higher in all professional courses) and complete all Transition II requirements. Note for student teaching: no additional coursework may be taken without special permission of the department chair. Such permission is granted only in unusual circumstances. Note for internship: if completing the two-semester internship, an intern may schedule three hours for each semester that he or she is enrolled in the internship; however, EDCI 4200 may not be taken during the last semester of the internship.
Request for Certification
When graduates have met all of the above criteria, completed all Transition III requirements, and received their elementary education degrees, they are proposed to the Louisiana State Department of Education for certification to teach Grades 1-5.
- Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified on the Academic Requirements site.
- Students must complete at least 45 semester hours at the 3000 level or above and at least 15 semester hours at the 4000 level.
- Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5.
Students must earn a “C” or higher in all courses listed under the Major Requirements section and in KINS 2600, MATH 1201, MATH 1202, PHSC 1001, PSYC 2060, and PSYC 2076.