Director's Welcome

Greetings from the LSU School of Education! I am the newly appointed Director for our School, after having served one year as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Services for our College of Human Sciences & Education, and the previous 22 years as a faculty member in our Counselor Education program. I am honored to be part of the leadership team for SOE.

If you are not familiar with our school, we might surprise you with the breadth and depth of our academic program offerings. We are comprised of a diverse array of 3 undergraduate programs (early childhood, elementary, and dually certified special education/elementary education), 3 graduate certificates, 17 master’s degree program areas, 9 EdS certificate areas, and 11 PhD specialization areas. We focus not only on preparing highly qualified Birth-Grade 12 teachers but also in preparing educational leaders, curriculum studies scholars, educational technology experts, applied researchers, higher education professionals, school counselors, and clinical mental health counselors. In other words, we offer scholarly expertise regarding pressing educational and wellness issues across the entire lifespan. 

Our graduates are known as changemakers; they have a passion to make a difference in their communities as teachers, leaders, researchers, and counseling professionals. If you are looking for internationally distinguished faculty; rigorous, research-based coursework; ongoing faculty mentoring; and a strong alumni network, we welcome you to consider SOE as your academic home. We remain committed to support you throughout your academic and career journey. 

Thank you,

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Laura Choate

Director, School of Education 

Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor