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Degree Details

Minor in Education Leading to Secondary Education (6-12) Certification

Program Type:

The Minor in Education offers students majoring in biology, English, history, and mathematics the opportunity to complete the course work required for certification to teach grades 6-12 in their major content area. Students pursuing certification to teach through this pathway must meet with the Coordinator of Secondary Programs housed in the Department of Education to apply for approval to take 3000/4000 level professional courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. declare a major in biology, English, history, or mathematics;
  2. complete 48+ degree hours; 
  3. have an overall GPA of at least 2.5; 
  4. earn a grade of “C” or higher in at least two of the following: PSYC 2060, PSYC 2078, and EDCI 2700; 
  5. pass the following Core Academic Skills Praxis tests: Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Math (5732). This requirement is waived for those who possess an ACT score of 22+ or SAT score of 1030+; 
  6. complete admissions to the Department of Education; 
  7. demonstrate computer competency by passing a computer competency examination or successfully completing CMIS 1000;
  8. complete background check with LSUA or parish in which observation and participation requirements will be met;
  9. receive Department of Education faculty approval of completed application to enroll in 3000/4000 level professional education courses. 

Application for Admission to Department of Education

Progression Chart

Requirements for Student Teaching (EDCI 4945)

Applications for student teaching must be submitted to the Director of Student Teaching 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, students must meet the following criteria: 

  1. have a grade point average of at least 2.6 or higher in all coursework required for certification; 
  2. pass PRAXIS II -
    • content-specific subject area examination: Biology (5235), English (5039), Mathematics (5161), or Social Studies for history majors (5086);
    • principles of Learning and Teaching grades 6-12 (5624); and
  3. complete all coursework (with a grade of “C” or higher in all professional courses) and complete 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.
  4. complete 2 days a week/ 50 FEX hours in field placement school.

Application for Clinical Practice

Request for Certification

When graduates have met all of the above criteria, completed all requirements, and received their degrees, they are proposed to the Louisiana State Department of Education for certification to teach in grades 6-12 in the content area in which a degree was awarded.

Teaching Application & Professional Disposition

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