Grades 1-5, B.S. Degree and Teaching Certificate
Elementary Education (B.S.)
The elementary education program prepares candidates for teaching in grades 1-5 and leads to an initial Louisiana teaching certificate as well as a degree. The program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the effective education of elementary-aged children. The teacher education program in elementary education is in the process of being recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI). To earn a Certificate in Early Childhood Education you can obtain a degree in Elementary Education and pass Praxis Exam 5621 (PLT Early Childhood).
The degree requirements for elementary education is an overview of courses required to complete the degree program.
The elementary education program represents a performance-based model of personnel preparation, which includes a number of field experiences associated with the attendant coursework. These experiences culminate in the clinical experience, which occurs during the last semester of the program. Information on the field experience requirements of each course may be found in each course's syllabus. For more information, please see the web page for field experience.
Candidate Assessment Information
The elementary teacher education program requires candidates to complete a variety of assessments as they progress through the program of study.
There are two pathways to achieving teaching certification in Elementary Education:
The college offers an undergraduate program of study for students who have not yet attained a bachelor's degree.
Master of Arts in Teaching
For students who have already attained a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, the alternate means to achieving certification is by pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.