Admission to Teacher Education Programs
Students pursuing degrees in teacher preparation curricula must apply and meet all admission requirements prior to enrolling in specific teacher education classes.
After a student has earned or will have earned by the end of the current quarter a minimum of 46 semester hours of university credit toward a teacher education program, the student may apply for program admission. Application forms are available in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. An application must be submitted one week prior to the end of the quarter in which the student is seeking admission. The student must provide evidence that the following requirements have been met:
- Applicant must have earned at least 46 semester hours of college or university credits which include the following courses or their equivalents: Education, Curriculum, & Instruction 125 and 210; English (9 semester hours), science (9 semester hours); mathematics (6 semester hours); social studies (9 semester hours); and Speech 110 or 377. Applicant must have a minimum “C” average in each area.
- Applicant must have a grade point average of 2.2 on all hours attempted and an earned grade point average of 2.5, with a grade of at least “C” in Education, Curriculum, & Instruction 125, 210, English 101, 102; and Speech 110 or 377.
- Applicant must possess those physical, emotional, and mental characteristics necessary for effective classroom performance.
- Applicant must present satisfactory scores required in Louisiana on PRAXIS “I” (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics). Records indicating successful completion of these examinations must be presented at the time of admission (Act 836, 1984 Louisiana Legislature). An ACT composite score of 22 or greater or an SAT score of 1030 or greater for the verbal and math components combined is acceptable as a substitute for satisfactory PRAXIS I completion.
- Any student on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension is not eligible for admission to a Teacher Education Program.
- Any student seeking admission to a Teacher Education Program who has been convicted of a felony may be denied admission.
- All students admitted to the College of Education Teacher Education Programs must complete an electronic Professional Portfolio on TaskStream that documents the acquisition of Program Outcomes (Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions), Standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Model Standards by the designated time of the quarter in which they complete clinical practice.
- Newly admitted students are required to attend an orientation meeting (TBA at the beginning of each quarter) for the purpose of reviewing programmatic matriculation.
- Applicants may be asked to appear before the Admission and Retention Committee of the College of Education to explain or defend their applications, to present additional information, or to demonstrate ability in certain areas.
- Falsification of information reported to the College of Education may result in the student being dropped from the College of Education.
- Policy changes due to state mandates or decisions in the College of Education implemented during this academic year will be posted on the College of Education website and may become effective during the academic year.