The Minor in Education offers students majoring in biology, English, mathematics, and history 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.
- declare a major in biology, English, mathematics, or history;
- complete 48+ degree hours;
- have an overall GPA of at least 2.5;
- earn agrade of “C” or higher in at least two of the following: PSYC 2060, PSYC 2078, and EDCI 2700;
- pass the following Pre-Professional Skills Praxis tests: Reading (0710 or 5710), Writing (0720 or 5720), and Math (0730 or 5730). This requirement is waived for those who possess an ACT score of 22+ or SAT score of 1030+ or who hold a master’s degree;
- complete application in the Department of Education;
- complete the Dispositions Self-Rating Scale;
- verify computer literacy (“C” or higher in basic computer course or passing score on LSUA’s computer competency exam);
- complete Technology Skills Inventory;
- verify writing competency through submission of professional statement;
- complete the program entrance interview;
- complete background check with LSUA or with parish in which observation and participation requirements will be met.
- receive Department of Education approval of completed application to enroll in 3000/4000 level professional education courses.
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:
- possess a grade point average of at least 2.5 or higher in all coursework required for certification;
- pass PRAXIS II content-specific subject area examinations in the content areas for which certification is sought: Biology (0235), English (0041), History (0086), or Mathematics (0061);
- pass PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades 6-12 (0624 or 5624); English certification candidates must also pass PRAXIS II English, Language, and Composition Pedagogy (0043);
- complete six hours of approved service;
- complete six hours of approved 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 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.