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Elementary Grades Teacher Education Program

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Grades Education is an interdisciplinary teacher education program designed to develop educators who will become effective professionals certified to teach in grades 1-5.

 

  

Admission 

 

Undergraduate students may enter basic teacher education programs after 24 semester hours of college-level course work with a minimum 2.20 GPA, cumulative and LSU. Formal admission to a specific undergraduate teacher education program/concentration requires a 2.50 GPA, cumulative and LSU, and passing scores on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1030. Admission to upper division professional education courses (3000 level and above) is restricted to students who have been formally admitted to a teacher education program/concentration.

 

Students anticipating careers in teaching should contact the Office of Student Services, College of Human Sciences and Education, 236 Peabody Hall, to declare their interest and to obtain additional information. The variety of routes to teacher certification and specific general education requirements for all programs necessitate early and continuous advising by the Office of Student Services.

 

  

Basic Requirements for All Teacher Education Majors and Concentrations

 

Undergraduate teacher education students are required to meet the following requirements:

 

Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum grade-point average of 2.50, cumulative and LSU
  • Passing scores on all parts of the Praxis I Series or minimum ACT composite score of 22 or minimum SAT composite score of 1030

 

Retention Requirements:

  • Minimum grade-point average of 2.50, cumulative and LSU, for entry into and continuation in upper (3000/4000) level education courses, including student teaching

 

Degree Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of an approved program of study as determined by all of the following: faculty of the college in which the major/concentration resides, the University, the LSU P-12 Education Advisory Council, and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50 on all work completed, cumulative and LSU*
  • Passing scores on all required parts of the Praxis II Series
  • Grade of “C” or higher in course work as specified by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

PRAXIS

 

Satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS Series are required for teacher certification by the state of Louisiana. Students in teacher education curricula or concentrations must pass all required sections of the PRAXIS Series prior to graduation.

Undergraduate students must have passing scores on the PRAXIS I assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1030 to be formally admitted to a specific undergraduate teacher education program/concentration .* Undergraduate students should take the required PRAXIS II assessments during the last semester of course work prior to student teaching.

 

Student Teaching

 

(For in-depth information about student teaching, visit the Office of Field Experiences)

 

Application for Student Teaching

Application for student teaching must be made to the Office of Student Services no later than three weeks after classes begin in the semester prior to student teaching. Late applicants cannot be guaranteed consideration.

 

Requirements for Student Teaching

The student teaching semester is scheduled as an all-day, all-week experience. LSU requirements for the student teaching experience far surpass the state minimum requirements of 270 clock hours, 180 of which must be actual teaching with a substantial portion thereof on an all-day basis.

All course requirements must be completed prior to student teaching, other than those courses requiring concurrent enrollment with student teaching. No student may schedule course work in addition to that required during the student teaching semester(s) without prior approval by the dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education through the Office of Student Services. Students are advised to schedule no more than 15 hours of employment weekly during student teaching. To be permitted to student teach, students must also meet the following requirements:

  • LSU and cumulative GPAs of 2.50 with no grade lower than “C” in professional education courses and in other courses as required for certification, regardless of institution(s) attended.
  • Proficiency in written expression.

 

 

Curriculum in Elementary Grades Education

 

TOTAL SEM. HRS. • 120-128

FRESHMAN YEARSEM.
HRS.
ANTH 1003 or 20513
ART 1001 or ARTH 1440 or 2470 or MUS 1751 or 1755 or 1799 or 20003
BIOL 1001, 1002, 10058
ENGL 1001 or 10043
HIST 2055 or 20573
MATH 1021 or 1023 and 10296-8
POLI 2051 3
Total29-31
 
 
SOPHOMORE YEARSEM.
HRS.
Area of concentration courses0-3
EDCI 2030, 2271, 2400, 270012
ELRC 25073
ENGL 20003
ENGL 2148 or 22203
MATH 1201, 12026
PSYC 2060  3
Total30-33

  
JUNIOR YEARSEM.
HRS.
Area of concentration courses0-3
GEOG 20503
EDCI 30003
PSYC 20763
ENGL 2270 or 2593 or 26733
KIN 25773
PHSC 10013
Professional Practice Block I (EDCI 3127, 3137, 3200, 4460)15
Total33-36

  
SENIOR YEARSEM.
HRS.
EDCI 3625 - Student Teaching9
HIST 30713
GEOL 1001, 16014
Professional Practice Block II (EDCI 3124, 3125, MATH 2203) 12
Total28

 

 

For more information, please contact: 

 

Office of Student Services
College of Human Sciences and Education
236 Peabody Hall
ph: 225-578-2331