Bachelors of Science in Curriculum & Instruction: PK-3 Teacher Certification

The Pre-K through 3rd grade teacher education program at LSU is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and adheres to the organization’s Professional Preparation Standards.

Teacher candidates in the PK-3 Teacher Education program move through the program in cohorts, gaining the advantage of close collegial relationships found to be effective for personal and professional development. Candidates participate in field-based professional blocks and student teaching in diverse professional development school settings.

View the Course Catalog here. Be sure you choose the appropriate year in the top right drop-down menu.


Frequently Asked Questions




Scholarships for Teachers

There are many scholarships and grants available for educators and those thinking of becoming educators. This site includes details on numerous scholarships that are offered in the United States.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) 

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an eligible program, maintain a 3.25 GPA, and commit to teach in high-need field, at a low-income school, for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the grant was awarded. 

Louisiana Pathways
For child care employees working toward an approved bachelor’s degree, scholarships will pay for tuition only.  Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all fees and required textbooks.

Upper Division Honors Distinction
For students with a GPA of 3.5 or better, consider participating in Upper Division Honors Distinction. This can be done by approaching faculty to request Honors coursework within existing PK-3 courses. You must contact Honors College to apply.

Distinguished Communicator Program
For students interested in gaining better overall communication skills. Students must attend three one-hour seminars and develop a public and a private portfolio.

Note: PK-3 has these competencies embedded within the program. 

CHSE Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars
For students interested in gaining research skills. Program consists of six one-hour seminars across the junior and senior year.

Note: PK-3 has these competencies embedded within the program. 

Most PK-3 courses are designated as service-learning. This means that we communicate regularly with mentor teachers and schools on ways we, as a university, can help support the classroom, school, and community. There is an opportunity for you to be more involved by joining the Service Learning Student Organization.

Student Association for the Education of Young Children
This is a student-led professional organization that helps students in becoming a professional by keeping up with local, state, and national conferences and getting involved in the community. 

Louisiana Early Childhood Association Scholarships & Grants

Each year LAECA has up to $3,600.00 in scholarships and mini-grants available to members.

Golden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key is an academic honor society that is by invitation only for the top 15% of university sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. This society has awarded over $12.5 million dollars in scholarships and awards. They also offer academic programs, leadership opportunities, and service projects. To apply for admittance,  you must go online and fill out the form. Then they will ask you to send them your transcript.

Kappa Delta Epsilon (KDE)
The Beta Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta Epsilon Honorary Professional Education Fraternity promotes the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment, and professional ideals. Kappa Delta Epsilon at LSU recognizes outstanding students preparing to enter the teaching profession or related fields.


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