The Health and Physical Education Certification-Only Alternative Path Grades K-12 provides a certification option for applicants with a non-teacher education baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. The curriculum allows those interested in becoming health and physical education teachers and/or coaches to fulfill state requirements for certification through a prescribed set of courses.
- be accepted to the university;
- possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited university and have attained an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on all undergraduate coursework;
- 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;
- pass PRAXIS II: Health and Physical Education Content (0091 or 5091);
- submit Professional Statement to selected faculty;v
- verify computer literacy (“C” or higher in basic computer literacy course or passing score on LSUA’s computer competency exam);
- complete a Dispositions Self-Rating Scale;
- submit a current résumé;
- submit two letters of recommendation;
- complete the Technology Skills Inventory;
- complete a minimum of 18 hours in the area of kinesiology, with no more than three hours of activity courses;
- complete the program entrance interview;
- complete background check with LSUA or with parish in which observation and participation requirements will be met;
- receive approval from the Department of Education faculty of completed application for entry into LSUA’s Certification-Only Alternative Path Health and Physical Education Program, K-12.
Requirements for Student Teaching/Internship (EDCI 4940)
Applications for student teaching/internship 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 internship, students must meet the following criteria:
- possess a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all coursework required for certification;
- pass PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6 (0622 or 5622), or 5-9 (0623 or 5623) or 7-12 (0624 or 5624);
- 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 program completers have met all of the above criteria and completed all Transition III requirements, they are proposed to the Louisiana State Department of Education for certification in Health and Physical Education, grades K-12.