Nicholls Named

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Schools in the country for Education Majors by Study.com

Nicholls came in at No. 45 and was the only school from Louisiana in the Top 50.

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College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Nicholls State University.

The faculty, staff, and leaders of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences are committed to the development of highly qualified professionals who will be reflective-decision makers in their respective fields. Our faculty members offer standards-based curricula, while still maintaining personal connections. We work diligently to provide candidates quality experiences within the classroom and in field experiences.

Obtaining my masters in this program was the best decision I could make!  If it weren’t for the knowledge and confidence I received from this program, I would never have landed my dream job within a year of completion of my masters.

Tricia Corbin

Degree: Educational Technology Leadership
Graduation Date:  December 2011
Current Position:  Educational Technology Facilitator for Terrebonne Parish School District

DEGREE PROGRAMS

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Human Performance Education

The Nicholls Human Performance Education program provides aspiring students seeking employment within the K-12 school system as Health & Physical Education teachers and/or aspiring coaches great opportunities and experiences in order to prepare them for their life dream.

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Social Studies Education

Will you teach a future president of the United States? It’s possible. The Nicholls social studies education program focuses on teaching future generations about geography, state and local government, American history, economics and cultural diversity.

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General Science Education

Our hypothesis … The Nicholls general science education program offers excellent preparation to prospective teachers who want to help students develop critical thinking skills.

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English Education

Nicholls English education majors are prepared to face the challenges that are threatening the future of literature and language. In a world of instant messaging jargon, teachers struggle with instilling grammar skills into their students who are used to spelling “nite” instead of “night.”

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The field needs you.The demand for new family and consumer sciences teachers is expected to be four times greater over the next 10 years than the number currently available.

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Elementary Education

Maybe you don’t learn everything you need to know in kindergarten, but elementary school teachers certainly have a great responsibility for providing young students with a strong foundation for academic and social success.

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Child Development and Preschool Management – Associate Degree

The future of society always rests in the hands of the newest generation. With today’s challenges, there is a great demand for individuals to guide and care for young children, some of whom have already learned that life can be difficult.

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Birth to Five / Early Interventionist Education

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), there is a nationwide increase in early childhood care, early education, and early intervention service programs.

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

School Psychology (Specialist)

Students bring a number of personal issues with them when they walk into classrooms across the nation. Family problems, learning difficulties, negative peer pressure, stress, relationship issues, poor self-esteem, depression, anger … and the list continues. The Nicholls State University Specialist in School Psychology program prepares future school psychologists to serve as consultants to the entire school community.

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Master of Education in School Counseling

Today, school counselors do much more than help students get into college and give advice. School systems look to them as advocates for the success of all students. The Nicholls State University Master of Education in School Counseling program prepares students to provide a variety of counseling and guidance services in diverse educational settings.

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Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

The Nicholls educational leadership master’s degree program prepares future supervisors, superintendents and administrators to operate more successful schools through courses that teach technique and stress hands-on involvement.

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Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

The Curriculum and Instruction Master’s degree includes five concentration areas in which candidates can specialize. These are as follows: Early Childhood Education, High Incidence Disabilities with Applied Behavior Analysis option, Reading Specialist, Elementary Education or Secondary Education.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MCMH)

This graduate program helps students develop the counseling skills needed to serve different client populations in a variety of settings. Students get hands-on experience through the on-campus Counselor Training Clinic and an externship.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

This program, designed to build upon the undergraduate academic foundation, provides college graduates with a challenging program of study designed to facilitate the earning of an advanced degree while also completing requirements for a Louisiana license to teach.

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SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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Little Colonels Academy

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Family Resource Center

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Family Service Center

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

“Among my various passions, I list education among the most dear to my heart–so much so that I spent 35 years of my life earning my own education so that I could then help others further theirs. I particularly empathize with candidates who are attempting university coursework with their own families in tow because I did the same. “

Dr. Angelle Hebert

Associate Professor of Education
 

NEWS & EVENTS

ACCREDITATION

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. CAEP is the teaching profession’s organization to help establish high quality teacher, specialist and administrator preparation. Nicholls has held this accreditation since 1977.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is fully accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. AAFCS is recognized as a Specialized Accrediting Agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The school psychology program is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.

In July, 2014, the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Masters of Education in School Counseling programs were accredited by  Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, CACREP.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

ABOUT THE COLLEGE

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is dedicated to preparing high quality teachers, educational leaders, school and psychological counselors, school psychologists and human service professionals who effectively meet the diverse needs of Louisiana and the global community.

The college is strongly committed to service in area school systems and community agencies.

The mission of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is accomplished by a faculty committed to teaching, community service, professional service and research.

Programs of study in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences are grounded in the Conceptual Framework, Responsible Leaders Engaging in Professional Practice.  Candidates are prepared in the core knowledge, skills, and dispositions that promote positive change in the community and profession, who are open to diversity and innovation, and act as culturally responsive inquirers. The college’s core components represent the university’s commitment to transforming the lives of student by working to ensure that all students become successful lifelong learners.

Through the theme of “Responsible Leaders Engaging in Professional Practice” the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is supporting Nicholls State University’s mission to cultivate “productive, responsible, engaged citizens” who “meet the needs of Louisiana and beyond” within a conceptual framework that prepares candidates becoming culturally responsive inquirers, acting as curriculum agents and engaging in professional practice.

Full Conceptual Framework Summary

Programs of study in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences are grounded in the Conceptual Framework, Responsible Leaders Engaging in Professional Practice.  Candidates are prepared in the core knowledge, skills, and dispositions that promote positive change in the community and profession, who are open to diversity and innovation, and act as culturally responsive inquirers. The college’s core components represent the university’s commitment to transforming the lives of student by working to ensure that all students become successful lifelong learners.

Through the theme of “Responsible Leaders Engaging in Professional Practice” the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is supporting Nicholls State University’s mission to cultivate “productive, responsible, engaged citizens” who “meet the needs of Louisiana and beyond” within a conceptual framework that prepares candidates becoming culturally responsive inquirers, acting as curriculum agents and engaging in professional practice.

Shared Vision:

The conceptual framework offers all candidates in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences a rationale for engaging in practical inquiry which argues the following: to be effective, educators must be able to generate and use both qualitative data and qualitative research to make informed decisions about their educational practice. By using the conceptual framework, the unit’s faculty members prepare candidates to become professional educators who actively investigate the educational and developmental needs of all students and their communities, and to recognize that both they and their students live and interact within culturally diverse, socially pluralistic communities. The exercise of “Responsible Leadership” further prepares candidates to take an active role in evaluating and enriching their own pedagogical-professional practices.

Coherence:

Culturally responsive educators possess the knowledge and skills needed to inquire into and utilize the cultural characteristics, experiences and perceptions of the region’s diverse student population as a catalyst for effective educational practice. Through culturally responsive inquiry, candidates will be better able to build conceptual bridges over which they can lead students who connect informal, locally situated knowledge with the formal, global disciplinary knowledge represented by the content areas disciplines. Culturally responsive candidates are able to demonstrate the ability to research and study the region’s diverse cultural, social and physical environment as well as evaluate the intellectual, social, psychological and physical needs of their students both individually and as a group.

By promoting positive change, educational professionals recognize that educating students is a complex intellectual and ethical activity. As a responsible leader, educational professionals promote positive change which extends the educational practices beyond the limits of the school curriculum. Promoting positive change also concerns how education contributes generally to the improvement of the local ecology (e.g., the culture, environment, and community) as well as how the school curriculum transforms and is transformed by that ecology.

Responsible leaders demonstrate openness towards students’ diverse backgrounds. They are responsible for developing and maintaining behaviors that actively affirm and promote the region’s diversity. They recognize that in order for education to transform the lives of all students they must learn to build upon the knowledge that students bring to their school experience. Demonstrating this will require candidates to maintain an ethical position that acknowledges that the educational transformation of the learner is significantly enhanced through a transformation of the community as a whole.

As responsible leaders, educational professionals understand the relationship between content knowledge, pedagogical-professional, and technological skills. They are able to demonstrate the ability to integrate this knowledge and these skills for the purpose of teaching students to become successful learners. As such, becoming an agent for positive change requires educators to demonstrate openness toward and take responsibility for innovations in their professional practices, not the least being technological innovation. Professional practice calls educators both to practical action in the service of students and to use theoretical, empirical, and technological knowledge to ensure that all students are learning. Educators use critical inquiry to make judgments about how to apply content area, local ecological and theoretical knowledge as well as pedagogical-professional and technological skills in practical settings to enhance the learning behaviors of all students.

Professional Commitments and Dispositions:

Professional practice is grounded in the belief that educators are active learners who are responsible for their own learning.  By engaging in critical inquiry, educational professionals learn how to question personal assumptions that typically impinge upon their practical activities.  Questioning their practical activities helps educators continuously work to improve their own professional practices through reflection, research and collaboration.  In this way, critical inquiry allows educators to transform their practical experiences into new knowledge, improved skill, and develop appropriate dispositions.

Commitment to Diversity:

Candidates who engage in culturally responsive inquiry demonstrate an attitude of openness towards students diverse backgrounds. Candidates will be responsible for developing and maintaining ethical behaviors that actively affirm the region’s diversity.  Candidates recognize that in order for education to transform the lives of all students they must learn to build upon, rather than replace, the knowledge that students bring to the school experience.

Commitment to Technology

Candidates are required to use emerging technologies in order to become curriculum agents who engage in culturally responsive inquiry. Because candidates who are open to innovation acknowledge that they are responsible for representing both the school curriculum and the world beyond the school to their students.  Through the development of their knowledge, skills, and dispositions, candidates integrate emerging technologies with their knowledge of the disciplines, local ecological knowledge and pedagogical-professional skills.  Through professional practice, candidates learn to experiment systematically with innovative and varied educational approaches.  This practice helps them to identify those new technologically driven practices that best meet the demands of the changing contexts of both the school and the society.  In doing so, candidates will learn to facilitate students’ use of emerging technologies to explore the local ecology and to build conceptual bridges to the content area disciplines.  Professional practice requires candidates to use reflective inquiry to demonstrate that they are making critical judgements about how to apply content area, local ecological and theoretical knowledge as well as pedagogical-professional and techological skills in practical settings to enhance the learning behaviors of all students.  Candidates need to explore ways of using emerging technologies as tools to engage in reflective inquiry to explore and understand the socio-cultural contexts of their experiences that make up the communities in the region.

Candidate Proficiencies Aligned with Professional and State Standards:

The units candidates are expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions that have been aligned with state and national curriculum standards and standards of professional practice, as outlined by the appropriate professional organizations.  The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences has developed the following unit outcomes based on the conceptual framework:

1.  Candidates will demonstrate collaborative leadership in the school and the community to promote the healthy development of all students.

2.  Candidates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of their professional discipline and engage in lifelong learning.

3.  Candidates will advocate in the school and the larger community to promote access, equity, and success for all students.

4.  Candidates will respond effectively to the needs of diverse learners.

5.  Candidates will examine and modify their beliefs and practices in response to the emerging research and the changing context of schools and communities.

6.  Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of how cultural differences influence student development and accommodate individual needs.

Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for education majors. Application forms can be picked up in the Financial Aid Office in Otto Candies Hall.

For information on teacher loan forgiveness, visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site.

THE CAMILLE HEBERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN EDUCATION: 

Awarded to a fulltime student enrolled in a degree program in teacher education in the College of Education. The recipient will be classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior and have earned a 3.25 GPA or higher at the time of the award. The recipient shall hold the scholarship for two consecutive semesters. To receive the scholarship for the second semester, the recipient must maintain a 3.25 GPA. Primary consideration must go to a resident of Louisiana. Should there not be a qualified applicant from Louisiana, the scholarship may be awarded to any other student who meets the criteria.

THE BRAXTON HEBERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN EDUCATION: 

Awarded to a fulltime student enrolled in a degree program in teacher education in the College of Education. The recipient will be classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior and have earned a 3.25 GPA or higher at the time of the award. The recipient shall hold the scholarship for two consecutive semesters. To receive the scholarship for the second semester, the recipient must maintain a 3.25 GPA. Primary consideration must go to a resident of Louisiana. Should there not be a qualified applicant from Louisiana, the scholarship may be awarded to any other student who meets the criteria.

THE NORMAN SWANNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN EDUCATION: 

Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the College of Education. The recipient will be classified as either a sophomore or junior and will have earned a 2.50 GPA at the time of the award. The recipient shall hold the scholarship for two consecutive semesters, providing all of the above criteria is met. Primary consideration must go to a resident of Lafourche Parish. Should there not be a qualified applicant from Lafourche Parish, the scholarship may be awarded to any other student who meets the criteria.

THE HELEN ALENE MELANCON EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP:

Awarded to a high school graduate who demonstrates strong academic and leadership achievements and plans to major in Education at Nicholls State University. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student. (A full-time student is defined as a student enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses.) The recipient may keep this scholarship for four years provided he or she meets all the above criteria and maintains a 2.80 overall GPA.  The recipient must also demonstrate financial need.

KEITH T. AND RITA R. HAMILTON ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN EDUCATION:

Awarded to a student with at least sophomore status and a minimum GPA of 3.250.  The recipient will perform three hours of service a week at a Lafourche or Terrebonne Parish elementary public school.  Service will consist of tutoring at-risk students, assisting teachers in the classroom environment, or performing other services as deemed appropriate by the Lafourche or Terrebonne Parish School Board staff and the Nicholls State University College of Education Supervisor of Student Teaching.

LORRAINE M. COOKS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 

Awarded to an Education major.  Applicants must be enrolled full-time and must be of senior classification.  Applicants must be student teaching during the current semester.  A minimum 3.20 GPA is required.

PEGGY PALMER PERDUE SCHOLARSHIP:  

Awarded to a full-time education major of at least sophomore standing who is a resident of Morgan City.  Second preference goes to applicants from St. Mary parish.

FLORINE A. PETIT EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP:

Awarded to a full-time student of at least a junior standing majoring in Education, must be from the Tenth Ward of Lafourche Parish, and maintain a 2.500 GPA or better. The student must be able to show financial need.

POLICE JURY ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA SCHOLARSHIP:

All applicants must be a junior level student in Political Science, Government or Education, with the major field being Political Science, Government, or Social Studies.  They must also be a resident of Louisiana, a Louisiana high school graduate, of good moral character, and maintain a worthy scholastic average.

THE LINDSEY ROBERT FONTENOT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:

Awarded to a resident of either Terrebonne or Lafourche parish.  The recipient shall major in a field where he/she will be able to advocate against drinking and driving (Education, Nursing and Allied Health, Sociology).  The student must be enrolled full-time at Nicholls State University and have achieved junior standing.  The student must have a 2.0 GPA or better and have demonstrated need for financial assistance.  A letter demonstrating his/her commitment to strong work ethic and to community involvement must be submitted.  The recipient will also be required to perform 10 hours of service learning or community service each semester with the Terrebonne Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.

 MARGARET V. JOLLEY FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student majoring in general family and consumer sciences. Applicants must be at least sophomore standing with a 3.0 GPA. Financial need, personality, character, purpose and leadership qualities are considered in addition to academic standing. The scholarship is valued at $300 annually; however, the value may increase as determined by the Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association.

LAFOURCHE ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship, sponsored by the Lafourche Association of Family and Community Education, is awarded to a full-time student who has completed a minimum of 72 semester hours. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA. Preference is given to Lafourche Parish residents but others are considered. The scholarship recipient receives $250 per semester for one year.


JUDY THERIOT LEADERSHIP AWARD

This $100 award is presented annually to a family and consumer sciences senior (90 or more credit hours earned) who is a full-time student and has earned at least a 2.7 overall GPA, with at least a 3.0 GPA in FACS courses.

SR EDUCATION GROUP – GRADUATE CANDIDATES

This scholarship is awarded to teachers enrolled in graduate school. The scholarship award is $5,000, and we will be giving it away four times a year. All the details and the application are available here: http://www.sreducationgroup.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarship-for-teachers

SCLASS/GEE Scholarship

The SCLASS/GEE scholarship for Education majors is awarded to a full-time (12 or more hours) student majoring in Education at Nicholls State University. All details and the application are available here: SCLASS – GEE Scholarship for ED majors.

Interested in helping our students?

Individuals, families or organizations that are interested in establishing an endowed fund to benefit the College of Education students and/or faculty at Nicholls State University, can contact Dr. Gregg Stall at 985.448.4317. All monies or physical donations are tax deductible.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Other scholarships for first time, continuing and transfer students can be found on the Financial Aid Web site.

Secondary education certification areas require one area of certification. The following courses are required for the secondary area of certification you select.

Social StudiesFamily &
Consumer
Science

General
Science
 English
GEOG 103
GEOG 104
ECON 255
SOCI 151
SOCI 201
SOCI 204
GOVT 101
GOVT 250
GOVT 252
GOVT 391
HIST 151
HIST 255
HIST 371
HIST Electives
(300 or above in
each of the 3 areas:
World, American & European)
DIET111
FCED 130
FCED 223
DIET 215
PSYC 206
FCED 335
FCED 262
FCED 344
FCED 348
FCED 437
FCED 460
FCED 446
FCED 457
FCED 458
FCED 459
 

GEOL 101
GEOL 102
CHEM 105
CHEM 106
PHSC 103
PHYS 101
PHYS 102
BIOL 203
BIOL 204
GEOG 370

ELECTIVES
(300-level or above)

 

ENGL 264
ENGL 315
ENGL 316
ENGL 307
ENGL 321
ENGL 363
ENGL 499
ENGL 322

ELECTIVES
(300-level or above)

ELECTIVES
(400-level or above)

Mathematics

     
See Math Dept    

CONTACT INFORMATION

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location:
220 Polk Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2053
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4311
Fax: 985-448-4926

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