2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 24, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Teacher Education

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Dr. Amy Craig, Dean, College of Education
Dr. Marion Skiles, Professor of Education
Dr. Christy Warren, Professor of Education
Mrs. Wendi O’Halloran, Assistant Professor of Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Teacher Education is to provide an environment and structure that prepares candidates to become professional educators, informed by the Christian faith, and committed to life-long learning in a changing world.

The Dynamic Educator Exemplifying

  1. Christian and Community Service
  2. Mastery of Subject Matter
  3. The Attributes of the Practitioner Teacher

A Cord of Three Strands is not Easily Broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

The philosophy of the Teacher Education Program reflects the premise that teaching is both an art and a science. Prospective teachers should receive the education and guidance necessary to develop mastery of subject matter; a personal philosophy of learning and teaching; proficiency in planning, instruction, and assessment; competency in classroom leadership; and a realization and acceptance of their responsibility in directing the educational experiences of their students. Louisiana College offers an initial certification program. Within that initial program, one may pursue the undergraduate bachelor’s degree with certification in elementary grades, secondary level subjects (Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, French, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish), or K-12 grades certification in Art, Music (Vocal and Instrumental), or Health & Physical Education.

The Teacher Education Program is designed as a process to help the candidates become knowledgeable, caring, empowering educators who can fulfill these important tasks. The following outcomes are embraced in support of the mission and are correlated to the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Louisiana Teacher Preparation Competeencies.

Louisiana College prepares students from all major fields for a changing world through a liberal arts tradition, and commitment to academic excellence informed by a Christian worldview. In addition, the Department of Teacher Education establishes a professional academic environment which reinforces life-long learning.

Entrance and Exit - Undergraduate Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education’s continuous assessment model utilizes portals to provide checkpoints to monitor candidate performance and gather information regarding the program’s effectiveness. Each portal consists of criteria that the candidate must fulfill to successfully move into the next portal. There are four portals utilized by the Department of Teacher Education or initial candidates. These are:

  • Portal One Admission to Teacher Education Program
  • Portal Two Teacher Candidacy Program
  • Portal Three Residency Program
  • Portal Four Exit from Teacher Education Program - Application for Louisiana’s Level One Teaching Certificate
Portal One: Admission into Teacher Education

Potential candidates apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program in Portal One. Students at Louisiana College should apply to the Department of Teacher Education for admission to the Teacher Education Program during the first semester they declare a major. Applications will be accepted from transfer students either from other institutions or other curricula at more advanced levels in their college career at the time they enroll in the college. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  2. Earned a C or better in all courses required for teacher certification.
  3. Passed the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Math. (Effective September 1, 2006, prospective teachers in Louisiana may use an ACT composite score of 22 or higher, or an SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030 or higher, in lieu of PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators scores.) This must be accomplished by the end of Freshman year.
  4. Complete application along with two letters of recommendation that identify and discuss the applicant’s attributes. These attributes should support the probability for success in the teaching profession and the applicant’s service to others.

Students cannot take upper-level teacher education courses (300-400) until they have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Portal Two: Teacher Candidacy

Once admitted into the Teacher Education Program, teacher candidates must meet the following ongoing criteria:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  2. Earn a C or better in all courses required for teacher certification.
  3. Pass PRAXIS content exam in certification area.
  4. Pass PRAXIS PLT in grades K-6 if elementary major or 7-12 if secondary major. All level (K-12) majors can select either the PLT K-6 or the PLT 7-12.

During the Teacher Candidacy Portal, candidates take 300-400 level courses. These varied experiences provide the candidates with the opportunity to apply the knowledge base of methods and subject matter into diverse field experiences. Satisfactory recommendations from the education course instructors are essential for candidates to move into the student teaching portal.

Observation of student performance is based on outcomes correlated to components of TAP which is based on Danielson Framework for Teaching. Teacher candidates’ instructors gather information based on each candidate’s performance and recommendations from the candidate’s cooperating teacher to assess the candidate’s demonstration of the professional outcomes. If candidates do not meet the expectations of the professional outcomes, they can be called before a committee of instructors. The purpose of this committee is to review the candidate’s progress and make recommendations that range from strategies for improvement to dismissal from the Teacher Education Program.

Portal Three: Residency

Students who plan to receive an education degree from Louisiana College must successfully complete a full year residency under the supervision of an experienced, competent classroom teacher as well as a member of the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education. The Residency Program at Louisiana College is conducted in the public schools under a special agreement between the college and the local school districts. All residency placements are made by the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education.

All classes taken during residency must be approved by your education advisor.

To be qualified for the Residency Program a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completed Portal One and Portal Two.
  2. Filed an application for Residency Program with the director or supervisor of the program at the beginning of the semester preceding the residency year.
  3. Successfully completed the courses in his/her professional sequence up to that point.
  4. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the following: all course work, courses in professional education, and other courses required for certification (allied and major courses).
  5. Earned a C or better in all courses required for teacher certification.
  6. Passed all PRAXIS tests required for certification.
  7. Possess positive character traits, such as fairness, honesty, compassion, and respect for self and others.
  8. Approved by the Teacher Education Committee.
Portal Four: Exit from Teacher Education

In order for a teacher candidate to exit from the program he/she must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successfully passed through Portals One, Two and Three.
  2. Completed appropriate degree plan, maintaining a 2.5 grade point average with no grades lower than a C in courses for certification.
  3. Filed Level One Teaching Application with the Department of Teacher Education for state certification.


Add-On Certifications

Students seeking add-on Pre-Kindergarten-3rd grade certification requires the addition of ED 307  and PRAXIS Early Childhood PLT.

The addition of Special Education certification requires 9-18 hours of coursework:

Elementary courses are: ED 316 , ED 352 , ED 355 , ED 375 , ED 390 , ED 391 .

Middle and Secondary Courses are: ED 352 , ED 353 , ED 355 , ED 375 , ED 390 , ED 391 .

Adaptive Physical Education Add-on to the Health and Physical Education Certification: HP 411 HP 412 HP 413 HP 414 .


Areas of Certification

The Department of Teacher Education offers certification in twelve areas in addition to Elementary Education. Each of these teaching certification areas is listed in the section of the catalog for that discipline. Students will be advised by both the Department of Teacher Education and the specific content discipline. The teacher education unit offers the following subject area certifications: Elementary, English, Mathematics, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, French, Spanish, Health and Physical Education, Music (Vocal and Instrumental), and Art.


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