Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment (6 credit hours)
Entrance into these courses requires a bachelor’s degree and a 2.5 GPA.
Current Practices and Strategies in Teaching
|This core first course, taken with regular education cohorts, will provide special education candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish successful partnerships with regular education teachers.||3 semester hours|
|This course focuses on the behavior and activities of the child. Field experiences are required.||3 semester hours|
Methodology and Teaching (21 credit hours)
Prior to enrolling in any courses in this block, students must:
- make a C or better in courses in the knowledge block,
- submit passing scores on the Praxis I,
- submit passing scores on content specialty areas of Praxis and
- have a 2.5 undergraduate/graduate GPA.
The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School
|This course focuses on theory and practice of how to teach reading and other language arts and the preparation of audio visual materials in the elementary grades.||6 semester hours
fall and spring only
Methods for Teaching Diverse Learners
|Knowledge and application of methods for teaching students with diverse learning needs. Fifteen hours of directed and supervised observation/teaching field experiences in diverse classrooms required.||3 semester hours|
Foundations of Educational Assessment
|This course will introduce the classroom teacher to elements of measurement and assessment and the role they play in assessment of the curriculum, lesson planning and instructional processes.||3 semester hours|
Advanced Methods in Classroom Management
|This course will provide the candidate with research and analysis of current classroom management theories and models and their application as tools for effective decision-making in the classroom.||3 semester hours
Offered in spring and summer only.
The Teaching of Reading: Content Areas
|Principles, strategies, and materials of instruction for adjusting reading abilities among students to the specific reading demands of various content subjects.||3 semester hours|
Advanced Methods in Teaching Science and Social Studies
|This course focuses on current methodological and pedagological practices in sciences and social studies.||3 semester hours
Offered in summer and fall only.
Internship (6 semester hours)
A candidate must pass the appropriate Praxis PLT exam for elementary, middle or secondary certification and maintain a 2.5 GPA to enter the internship. A candidate must complete all coursework, unless given permission by the dean of education, before being permitted to enroll in the internship. Students must also have an assigned mentor and an agreement by the school’s principal to evaluate their teaching. Lab fees required.
Internship in Teaching
|Candidates will enroll in an internship for two consecutive semesters||6 semester hours|
This outline of courses is provided for information only.
It is not a prescription for certification, and requirements may be changed by the Louisiana Department of Education. Dr. Jones or Dr. Stall must sign all prescriptions.
Please verify the correct Praxis exams you must take. They are subject to change.