Elementary Education

1-5 2Maybe 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.

Nicholls understands that it takes more than a few boxes of crayons to manage a classroom. Teacher education courses help students learn how to develop lesson plans incorporating cutting-edge teaching strategies and technology. Classroom observations and student teaching experiences prepare future teachers for the reality of what it’s like to work in elementary education today.

Program Requirements:

All candidates in the Elementary Education program must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.

Elementary Education candidates are required to take courses in:

  • Methods in providing a multicultural environment
  • Methods in Creative Arts and Music
  • Methods in Language and Literature, Math, Science, and Technology
  • Methods in Developmental Reading Methods in Elementary Education
  • Classroom Management and Lesson Planning

1-5 3Field Experiences: Elementary Education candidates complete various field experiences throughout required coursework and a student teaching experience that is completed at the end of the program. These experiences include observations and teaching whole group, small group and individual instruction in public school settings as well as experiences within the Demonstration Room within the College of Education.

Candidates must also complete Praxis I and the following three sections of Praxis II for Louisiana Teacher certification in Elementary Education: PLT: K – 6th , Special Education: Mild Moderate, and Elementary Content Knowledge

Praxis I must be completed prior to entering EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) and Praxis II must be completed prior to the final student teaching semester.
*For the most current program curriculum visit the course catalog and access the curriculum check sheets for the current year.


Elementary Education 1-5th Louisiana State Department of Education Certification:

  • 1-5th Elementary Education Certification

Graduate Job Opportunities:

  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher

Program Advisors:

Alyson Theriot   Alyson Theriot
Assistant Professor of Education
121 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4339
E-mail: alyson.theriot@nicholls.edu
  Dr. Derek Shanman
Assistant Professor of Education
119 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4319
E-mail: derek.shanman@nicholls.edu
Cynthia Vavasseur Headshot 2013   Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur
Associate Professor of Education
139 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4334
E-mail: cynthia.vavasseur@nicholls.edu


Ms. Sara Dempster
Instructor of Education
138 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4315
E-mail: sara.dempster@nicholls.edu