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Middle School Education

Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment (9 credit hours)
Entrance into these courses requires a bachelor’s degree and a 2.5 GPA.
Passing scores on Praxis I and II are required prior to taking EDUC 255.

Course Description Credit
EDUC 421
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
PSYC 220
Middle School Child Psychology
This course focuses on the development of the individual from fourth to eighth grade. Clinical methods are emphasized. Field experiences are required. 3 semester hours
EDUC 255*
Middle School Curriculum and Pedagogy
This course emphasizes the historical and philosophical foundations of middle schools and the unique role and responsibilities of middle school teachers. Field experiences are required.  *Passing scores on Praxis I and II are required prior to taking this course.  Lab fee required. 3 semester hours

Methodology and Teaching (12 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.
Course Description Credit
EDUC 366
Methods for Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School
Knowledge base for instruction in English, language arts, and reading in the content areas.  Thirty hours of direct and supervised observation/teaching field experiences with children in partner schools required. 6 semester hoursOffered in Fall only.
EDUC 378
Methods for Teaching Science, Social Studies, Math, and Integrated arts for Middle school
Planning, organizing, and implementing instructional strategies, materials, and techniques for science, social studies, math, and the integrated arts for middle grades 4-8. 6 semester hoursOffered in spring only.
EDCI 513
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 hoursOffered in spring and summer only.
EDUC 441
Multicultural Education for Teachers
Preparation for teaching in a diverse society.  Field experiences required. Lab fee required. 3 semester hours

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.

Course Description Credit
EDUC 451-452
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.

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