Elementary Grades Teacher Education Program

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Grades Education is an interdisciplinary teacher education program designed to develop educators who will become effective professionals certified to teach in grades 1-5.

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Admission 

Undergraduate students may enter basic teacher education programs after 24 semester hours of college-level course work with a minimum 2.20 GPA, cumulative and LSU. Formal admission to a specific undergraduate teacher education program/concentration requires a 2.50 GPA, cumulative and LSU, and passing scores on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1030. Admission to upper division professional education courses (3000 level and above) is restricted to students who have been formally admitted to a teacher education program/concentration.

Students anticipating careers in teaching should contact the Office of Student Services, College of Human Sciences and Education, 236 Peabody Hall, to declare their interest and to obtain additional information. The variety of routes to teacher certification and specific general education requirements for all programs necessitate early and continuous advising by the Office of Student Services. 

Basic Requirements

Undergraduate teacher education students are required to meet the following requirements:

Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum grade-point average of 2.50, cumulative and LSU
  • Passing scores on all parts of the Praxis I Series or minimum ACT composite score of 22 or minimum SAT composite score of 1030

Retention Requirements:

  • Minimum grade-point average of 2.50, cumulative and LSU, for entry into and continuation in upper (3000/4000) level education courses, including student teaching

Degree Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of an approved program of study as determined by all of the following: faculty of the college in which the major/concentration resides, the University, the LSU P-12 Education Advisory Council, and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50 on all work completed, cumulative and LSU*
  • Passing scores on all required parts of the Praxis II Series
  • Grade of “C” or higher in course work as specified by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

PRAXIS

Satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS Series are required for teacher certification by the state of Louisiana. Students in teacher education curricula or concentrations must pass all required sections of the PRAXIS Series prior to graduation.

Undergraduate students must have passing scores on the PRAXIS I assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1030 to be formally admitted to a specific undergraduate teacher education program/concentration .* Undergraduate students should take the required PRAXIS II assessments during the last semester of course work prior to student teaching.

 

Student Teaching

(For in-depth information about student teaching, visit the Office of Field Experiences)

 

Application for Student Teaching

Application for student teaching must be made to the Office of Student Services no later than three weeks after classes begin in the semester prior to student teaching. Late applicants cannot be guaranteed consideration.

 

Requirements for Student Teaching

The student teaching semester is scheduled as an all-day, all-week experience. LSU requirements for the student teaching experience far surpass the state minimum requirements of 270 clock hours, 180 of which must be actual teaching with a substantial portion thereof on an all-day basis.

All course requirements must be completed prior to student teaching, other than those courses requiring concurrent enrollment with student teaching. No student may schedule course work in addition to that required during the student teaching semester(s) without prior approval by the dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education through the Office of Student Services. Students are advised to schedule no more than 15 hours of employment weekly during student teaching. To be permitted to student teach, students must also meet the following requirements:

  • LSU and cumulative GPAs of 2.50 with no grade lower than “C” in professional education courses and in other courses as required for certification, regardless of institution(s) attended.
  • Proficiency in written expression. 

Curriculum in Elementary Grades Education*

*NOTE: Courses and curriculum are subject to change and students should check the current or appropriate general catalog year.

Freshman Year

Course Credit Hours
Critical: “C” or better in ENGL 1001; MATH 1029 or 1021; 2.0 LSU & Cumulative GPA
BIOL 1001 3
ENGL 1001 3
HIST 2055 or 2057 8
MATH 1029 3
ART 1001 or ARTH 1440 or 2470 or MUS 1751 or 1755 or 2000 3
BIOL 1002 [pre-req BIOL 1001] 3
BIOL 1005 [pre-req BIOL 1001 and C/R: BIOL 1002]  3
EDCI 2030 (Fall/Spring only) 3
ENGL 2270 or 2593 or 2673 3
MATH 1021 or 1023 [Placement by department] 3
POLI 2051 3

Sophomore Year 

Course Credit Hours

Critical: “C” or better in MATH 1201; 2.3 LSU & Cumulative GPA
Suggested: Complete PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (Contact the CHSE Office of Student Services for exam information) or meet the PRAXIS Core waiver

2.5 LSU/cum GPA and passing scores on PRAXIS Core or an official ACT/SAT composite of 22/1030 are required for enrollment in 3000+ level EDCI courses.

ANTH 1003 or 2051 3
EDCI 2700 (Fall/Spring only) 3
ENGL 2148 or 2220 3
GEOG 2050 3
MATH 1201 [MATH 1021] (Fall/Spring only) 3
EDCI 2400 (Fall/Spring only) 3
ENGL 2000 [ENGL 1001; 39 hours earned] 3
GEOL 1001 3
GEOL 1601 [C/R: GEOL 1001] 1
MATH 1202 [MATH 1201] (Fall/Spring only) 3
PSYC 2060 3

Junior Year 

Course Credit Hours

Critical: “C” or better in EDCI 2400 and EDCI 3000; 2.5 LSU & Cumulative GPA

Suggested: Complete PRAXIS II/Subject Assessment - Content Exams. Contact the CHSE Office of Student Services for exam information.

2.5 LSU/cum GPA and passing scores on PRAXIS Core or an official ACT/SAT composite of 22/1030 are required for enrollment in 3000+ level EDCI courses.

EDCI 3000 3
HIST 3071 3
KIN 2577 3
PHSC 1001 [MATH 1021] (Fall Only) 3
PSYC 2076 [PSYC 2000 or 2060] 3
EDCI 3127 [EDCI 2400, 3000; CO: EDCI 3137, 3200, 4460 or 4705] (Fall/Spring only) 3
EDCI 3137 [EDCI 2400, 3000; CO: EDCI 3127, 3200, 4460 or 4705] (Fall/Spring only) 3
EDCI 3200 [EDCI 2400, 3000; CO: EDCI 3127, 3137, 4460 or 4705] (Fall/Spring only) 6
EDCI 4460 [EDCI 2400, 3000; CO: EDCI 3127, 3137, 3200] (Fall/Spring only) 3

Senior Year  

Course Credit Hours

2.5 LSU & Cumulative GPA Suggested: Complete PRAXIS II/Subject Assessment - Content Exams. Suggested: Complete PRAXIS II/Subject Assessment- Principles of Learning & Teaching. Contact the CHSE Office of Student Services for exam information.

All course requirements, except EDCI 2271, must be completed prior to student teaching. Must have passing scores on all required PRAXIS II/Subject Assessments to register for student teaching.

MATH 2203 [Block I; 12 sem. hrs. of math including MATH 1201 & 1202; CO: EDCI 3125 (Fall/Spring only) 3
EDCI 3124 [Block I; 12 sem. hrs. of math, including MATH 1201 and MATH 1202 ; 11 sem. hrs. of natural science; CO: EDCI 3125, MATH 2203] (Fall/Spring only) 6
EDCI 3125 [Block I, 11 sem. hrs. of natural science, 12 sem. hrs. mathematics; CO: EDCI 3124, MATH 2203] (Fall/Spring only) 3
ELRC 2507 3
EDCI 2271 [CO: EDCI 3625] (Fall/Spring only) 3
EDCI 3625 [Passage of required PRAXIS II ex-ams. CO: EDCI 2271] (Fall/Spring only) 9

 

For more information, please contact: 

Office of Student Services
College of Human Sciences & Education
236 Peabody Hall
ph: 225-578-2331