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College of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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Bachelor of Science
Early Childhood Education Grades PK-3, B.S.
Elementary Education Grades 1-5, B.S.
Middle School Education Grades 4-8, B.S., English Education Concentration
Middle School Education Grades 4-8, B.S., General Science Education Concentration
Middle School Education Grades 4-8, B.S., Mathematics Education Concentration
Middle School Education Grades 4-8, B.S., Social Studies Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Biology Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Business Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Chemistry Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Earth Science Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., English Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., General Science Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Mathematics Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Physics Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Social Studies Education Concentration
Secondary Education & Teaching, B.S., Speech Education Concentration
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Education
Post Bachelors Certificate
Department of Foundations and Leadership
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Master of Education
Doctor of Education
School of Kinesiology
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Bachelor of Science
Kinesiology, B.S., Exercise Science Fitness Studies Concentration
Kinesiology, B.S., Exercise Science Health and Fitness Sales Concentration
Kinesiology, B.S., Exercise Science Pre-Professional Studies Concentration
Kinesiology, B.S., Health & PE GR K-12 Concentration
Kinesiology, B.S., Health Promotion and Wellness Concentration
Kinesiology, B.S., Sports Management Concentration
Master of Science
Department of Counselor Education
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Master of Science
UL LIFE Program
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Post Bachelor Certificates
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Post Bachelors Certificate
The mission of the College of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is built on the three pillars of the academy: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. A commitment to high standards in each of these areas enables the College to be responsive to community, regional and state needs while addressing national and international concerns. Through Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, the College strives to prepare outstanding teachers, educational leaders, and other professionals in related domains, while developing viable public and private partnerships which systemically improve education. This mission, being fundamental and timeless, represents the professional and ethical imperative of the College of Education to be attentive to the needs of contemporary college students and to the challenges of serving a diverse, modern society.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
The Responsive Professional
The Conceptual Framework of the UL Lafayette College of Education is designed to expand upon the institution's commitment to be a responsive university. The College strives for excellence in the production of Responsive Professionals-individuals who serve the community with professionalism and leadership in Education and allied fields. The College of Education's Conceptual Framework forms a foundation for innovative, interdisciplinary, and research-based curricula dedicated to the development of reflective practitioners who demonstrate expertise in knowledge and practice. Through these programs, the College fosters collaboration, advocacy, respect for diversity, and commitment to on-going professional growth.
The College of Education offers undergraduate degree programs in nine areas: (1) Early Childhood Education (PreK-3rd); (2) Elementary Education (1-5); (3) Middle School Education (4-8); (4) Art Education for grades K-12; (5) Kinesiology (with K-12 certification in Health and Physical Education, and non-teaching options in Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Wellness, and Sports Management; (6) Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental) for grades K-12; (7) Secondary Education programs in English, Mathematics, Science (Biology, General Science), Business, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Social Studies, and Speech Education; (8); and (9) Athletic Training.
The undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Its primary purpose is to develop competent and contributing entry-level professionals in the field of athletic training. Students completing this program earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in athletic training. Through specialized, hands-on, practical experience, students receive a blend of classroom instruction and practical experience in preparation for taking the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination. This preparation, along with successful passage of the NATABOC examination, qualifies athletic trainers for employment in secondary schools, colleges, professional sports programs, and other health care agencies.
Students interested in teaching Special Education - Mild/Moderate should pursue a major in elementary or secondary education and take 18 credits of required coursework in SPED classes. Students interested in teaching Special Education - Early Intervention should pursue a major in Early Childhood and take 18 additional hours of required coursework in Early Intervention SPED classes plus 9 credit hours of READ classes.
Professional School Preparation
The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate preparation in several emphasis areas that provide a good foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate education in a health care professional preparation program. While no particular major is required for these graduate programs, a degree in Kinesiology represents a good alternative for students targeting professional graduate programs. Undergraduate preparation in athletic training or exercise science provides the cognitive, practical skill base, and the opportunity for clinical experiences for entering into occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or many other graduate health care education programs. Students wishing to pursue these types of graduate programs should be aware of specific course prerequisites professional programs may require.
Special Admissions Requirements for Students with a KNES Major
Admission to Upper Division require the following:
- Completion of all Freshmen courses in major.
- Completion with grades of "C" or higher in the following courses: ENGL 101 and 102 .
- Adjusted GPA of 2.00 or higher for Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Wellness, and Sports Management majors.
- Adjusted GPA of 2.5 or higher for Athletic Training and Health and Physical Education (K-12) majors.
- GPA of 2.50 or higher in all HLTH, KNES and RECA courses in major area.
- Curriculum check sheet signed by both the student's advisor and KNES department chair and submitted to the Office of Student Services, College of Education.
Course and GPA requirements:
- Grades of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses with a DIET, HLTH or KNES prefix.
- Graduating students must earn an adjusted GPA of 2.0 or higher and a 2.50 GPA or higher in HLTH and KNES courses in Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Wellness or Sports Management.
- Majors in Athletic Training and Health and Physical Education (K-12) require a minimum adjusted GPA of 2.5 or higher to graduate, along with a 2.50 GPA or higher in all HLTH and KNES courses in the major.
Special Admission Requirements for Teacher Certification Majors
Admission to The Teacher Education Program: In order to be recommended for a degree in education and certification in an authorized teaching field, the student must have applied for and been formally admitted to a professional program in teacher education at this University. In addition, the student must have fulfilled all University requirements for admission to Upper Division. Official admission to a Teacher Education Program is dependent upon the student's having met all of the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of all freshman curriculum courses of the elected major, as noted in the appropriate catalog;
- Completion with grades of "C" or better in the following courses: ENGL 101 and 102 (for all students); MATH 270 and 310 for students certifying in secondary mathematics; MATH 103 - Applied College Algebra Fundamentals or 105 and 210 for those certifying in any area of science but not in mathematics; MATH 103 - Applied College Algebra Fundamentals or 107 for students in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and MATH 103 - Applied College Algebra Fundamentals or 105 for those certifying in all other secondary education areas not specified above, as well as those in K-12 kinesiology, art education, and music education programs.
- Achievement of an cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5;
- Achievement of passing test scores on the PRAXIS I (PPST) examination, as required by the State of Louisiana (specific requirements are available in the COE Office of Student Services) or ACT waiver composite of 22; or SAT waiver of 1030 or higher.
- Timely application for admission to the Teacher Education Program (see PROCEDURES FOR MAKING APPLICATION below).
Note: The Committee on Selective Admissions has the authority to admit a limited number of students who do not meet the test score requirement and to grant extensions regarding timely application (including cases in which extenuating circumstances have caused students with demonstrated potential to fall below the minimum grade point average). In either case, consideration must be initiated by a formal letter of appeal, addressed to the Committee on Selective Admissions and submitted to the College of Education Office of Student Services.
Students who have not fulfilled the above requirements may not schedule professional education courses (EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ, or SPED courses above the 200 level, or methods courses in HLTH or KNES). EDCI 308 and SPED 391 are exceptions to this rule.
Education students who do not make timely application or who fail to meet admission requirements (see above) may be counseled to change majors.
Procedures for Making Application to a Professional Program in Teacher Education. Application for admission to a Teacher Education Program must be made by filing a form designed for this purpose. This form, which is available in the COE Office of Student Services, must be approved by the student's advisor and submitted along with passing scores on the PRAXIS I (PPST) examination and a current transcript of all work completed at the time of application. APPLICATION MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN THE SEMESTER IN WHICH THE STUDENT WILL COMPLETE 45 HOURS ATTEMPTED. Change-of-major or transfer students who enter the Education program with more than 30 hours may pursue 30 additional hours before application is due. Whether or not all requirements have been met; extensions may be granted to a student who is making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree program requirements. In preparation for admission to the degree program, the student should schedule PRAXIS I (PPST) no later than the semester in which 45 hours will be completed. (Completion of the freshman curriculum prior to taking the assessment examination may be helpful but is not required).
All applications are evaluated by the College of Education Committee on Selective Admissions, which notifies the student when acceptance is granted. Once accepted, the student pursues the selected curriculum, scheduling courses in accordance with the appropriate curriculum sequence as outlined in the University Catalog. A student who fails to gain admission is contacted by the Committee on Selective Admissions and given the opportunity to submit a letter of appeal or counseled to change majors.
Admission to Student Teaching
Each candidate must complete an application for student teaching through the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences (Soulier House) at the beginning of the semester before he or she anticipates student teaching. On completion of all formal course work required in the curriculum, each student is assigned to a professional development school or to one or more teachers at a traditional site. Students are required to have a variety of field experiences in diverse settings. Students' placement in the schools is based on their prior field experiences, and consideration is given to travel distance. Students are encouraged to complete all course work prior to student teaching; however, if necessary, one non-professional course may be scheduled during this semester after school hours. In order to qualify for student teaching, one must have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in both the professional education component and the teaching specialty area; passed all parts of PRAXIS Series prior to student teaching (see COE Office of Student Services for specific requirements); and have a signed Degree Audit. The Curriculum Cross Check should be done two semesters before student teaching, practicum, or internship.
Substitutions for prescribed courses for resident or non-resident credit may be made only with the prior consent and written approval of the COE Office of Student Services. The general policy is to allow very few substitutions.
Students are cautioned against taking courses through extension, by correspondence, or in other institutions without first obtaining written approval from the COE Office of Student Services. Equivalent courses taken at other institutions prior to enrollment at UL Lafayette may be substituted for required courses with the approval of the COE Office of Student Services. Only courses offered by regionally accredited institutions will be considered for substitution.
For the maximum number of hours permitted out-of-residency, see "Regulations Governing Transfer Credit."
Students who are Regularly Enrolled in Another Institution.
An Education major from another university will be permitted to register at UL Lafayette in upper division education courses only upon presenting acceptable proof that the student has been admitted to a teacher education program at the home institution and that such credit may be applied toward a degree in the said institution.
Minimum Continuing Requirements
The Committee on Selective Retention is responsible for monitoring the progress of each student admitted to a professional education program. The Committee urges all faculty members to submit, at any time, the name of any student who they believe should be evaluated by the Committee to determine whether the student should continue to pursue a degree in Teacher Education. At the end of each regular semester and summer session, the Committee examines student records to assure that each student is making satisfactory progress toward a degree and possesses the dispositions (personal and social qualities) that are necessary for effective teaching. Satisfactory progress toward a degree is defined as earning an average of at least 2.5 each regular semester and summer session, maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative average, and earning no less than "C" in all courses labeled EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ, SPED; in PSYC 220 , PSYC 311 , PSYC 312 , and/or PSYC 313 (where required); all required HLTH and KNES courses; and in all content area courses required for the primary and secondary focus areas in middle school and secondary education programs. The Early Childhood and Elementary Education major must earn "C" or better in MATH 107 (or 103 ), 117 , 217 , and 317 , and in the specialized academic areas (VIAR 215 , EDCI 308 , MUS 306 , THEA 300 , HLTH 300, KNES 301 , and/or KNES 307 , as required by the curriculum; and courses in other fields of certification). Any student who fails to earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA for any semester or summer session (or 2.5 overall average) will be placed on probationary status within the Teacher Education Program. Academic performance which continues to deteriorate will be cause for the student to be removed from the Program.
The Committee on Selective Retention may remove students from the Teacher Education Program or place them on probation. In all cases in which either type of action is taken, students are requested to re-evaluate their vocational goals and/or study patterns by consulting with one or more of the following: the Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction or Foundations and Leadership or the COE Office of Student Services.
Any student who is either denied admission to, or removed from, the Teacher Education Program will be reconsidered for the professional program in education after having earned a non-education degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university. An individual may request such reconsideration by 1) submitting an official transcript which notes the awarding of the degree earned, and 2) obtaining an official prescription of courses required to complete a certification area and possibly a second undergraduate degree.
Specific Procedures and Degree Requirements of Teacher Education Programs
Each freshman who enters UL Lafayette is assigned to a faculty member who acts as the student's Academic Advisor. All STUDENT TEACHERS must clear with the Director of Teacher Clinical Experiences to obtain their student teaching assignments. All MUSIC MAJORS must check with the Director of the School of Music before finalizing their schedules. All students are urged to consult frequently with their academic advisors. Other significant procedures are listed below:
- No professional education courses (EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ or SPED courses above the 200 level, or methods courses in HLTH or KNES) may be taken until the student has been formally admitted into the College of Education's Teacher Education Program. SPED 391 and EDCI 308 are exceptions to this rule.
- The student must follow the course sequence in the catalog dated the year in which that curriculum was selected. If the student changes curriculum, the catalog of the year in which the change was made must be followed. For example: if a student enrolled in the Secondary Education curriculum in 2001 and then changed to Elementary Education in Fall 2003, the appropriate catalog to follow would be 2003-05 rather than 2001-03. If a student does not enroll at UL Lafayette for two consecutive regular semesters, the current catalog must be followed upon re-entry. Exceptions may be requested from the College of Education Office of Student Services.
- A transfer student will normally follow the curriculum plan as printed in the catalog in effect at the time of entry into this University. With written permission of the COE Office of Student Services, however, the transfer student may follow an earlier catalog. This stipulation is subject to the time limitation stated in #4 below.
- The maximum period of time for which the provisions of any catalog may be used in preparing a degree plan is five years. Any student who began a degree or post-baccalaureate program six or more years prior to the date of anticipated graduation must consult the COE Office of Student Services to determine which catalog should be used for preparation of a Degree Plan. Periodically the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) makes changes in the certification standards for Louisiana teachers. Although a phase-in period is usually provided to allow candidates to complete the programs in which they initially enrolled, UL Lafayette cannot be held responsible for changes that occur during a student's program. For this reason, students are encouraged to complete their programs in a timely fashion.
- Any variation from the courses listed in the catalog must be requested from and approved in writing by the COE Office of Student Services. No substitutions, waivers, or advanced standing will be honored unless first approved by the COE Office of Student Services. This procedure is necessary to protect the student from inadvertent omissions of courses required by the state for certification.
- A minimum 2.5 adjusted grade point average is mandatory for a degree in teacher education. Many courses require a C or better; see MINIMUM CONTINUING REQUIREMENTS.
- All required standardized assessments (the PRAXIS Series) must be passed prior to student teaching. Satisfactory scores on all required tests are essential to obtain a public school teaching certificate. Applications for a teaching certificate may be obtained from the COE Office of Student Services.
- The following guidelines on semester-hour loads are strongly advised. (In any case, a student may not schedule more than 20 semester hours in a regular semester or 10 hours in the summer without written permission of the COE Office of Student Services.)
|Cumulative Grade Point Average
| Less than 2.0
| above 3.0
||No more than 20 without written permission of COE Office of Student Services
|| No more than 10 without written permission of COE office of Student Services
Course Sequences and Field Experience
In order to provide a seamless progression through the skills of teaching, most methods (as well as other courses that support or provide foundations for the methods courses) are sequenced in a developmental manner. To accomplish these goals, certain courses are scheduled in blocks, with each blocked course requiring at least ten hours of field experience outside of class time. Students are required to adhere to the block scheduling of these courses and to the sequence in which the blocks occur in each curriculum. Students are urged to check with their advisors to plan well in advance for the scheduling of the course blocks.
Alternative Certification Options for Post-Baccalaureate Candidates
The College of Education offers a post-baccalaureate option for non-certified individuals who desire to prepare for teaching but who do not wish to pursue a second undergraduate degree. The Certification-Only Program prepares candidates for certification in most areas in which degree programs are offered. To be eligible for admission to this program, the applicant must meet all requirements for admission to the University and must present (1) a transcript documenting the completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5, and (b) passing scores on PRAXIS I (PPST) and on the content section of PRAXIS II that is required by the state for certification in the desired teaching area. Further details are available in the College of Education Office of Student Services, which will provide the applicant with a prescription of required courses.
No Declared Major
Students who wish to major in Education, but who have not selected a specific curriculum should consult the College of Education Office of Student Services for academic advisement.
Requirements for Admission to the UL Lafayette Athletic Training Education Program
The UL Lafayette Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) exercises a competitive and formal admissions policy.
All Students wishing to enter ATEP program directly from high school or by transfer from another institution must first meet the admissions procedures and standards of the University. However, admission to the University as a Kinesiology major does not ensure admission to the ATEP or progression into Athletic Training coursework.
The minimum requirements to be eligible for admission into the UL Lafayette ATEP are as follows:
- 2.50 adjusted GPA.
- A minimum grade of "C" in BIOL 110 , 112 , (or BIOL 216 *, 217 *), (or BIOL 220 , 221 ) HLTH 100 , 101 ; and a grade of "B" or better in KNES 201 and 230 .
- Completion of UL Lafayette ATEP application forms, including completed physical examination by physician/nurse practitioner, signed Technical Standard form, TB skin test, (chest X-ray if positive TB test), current MMR/tetanus immunization, verification of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed waiver for Permission to View Health Screening form, and a copy of current American Red Cross or American Heart Association/American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons First Aid and CPR certification.
UL Lafayette ATEP application forms may be obtained from the UL Lafayette Department of Kinesiology or the Department website: http://kinesiology.louisiana.edu/Programs/ATEP
The UL Lafayette ATEP accepts students into the program once a year, as space within the program allows. The deadline for submitting completed application forms to the ATEP is: Spring Semester Admission Deadline: November 15
*With permission from the Program Director, students may be admitted to the Program during the semester in which they are enrolled in BIOL 216 and 217 OR BIOL 220 and 221 .
NOTE: The students wishing to pursue a post baccalaureate degree in an allied health field should substitute BIOL 220 and 221 in place of BIOL 216 and 217 . (e.g. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician's Assistant), etc.
The mission of the College of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is built on the three pillars of the academy: teaching, scholarship, and service. A commitment to high standards in each of these areas enables the College to be responsive to community, regional and state needs while addressing national and international concerns. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, the College strives to prepare outstanding teachers, educational leaders and other professionals in related domains, while developing viable public and private partnerships which systemically improve education. This mission, being fundamental and timeless, represents the professional and ethical imperative of the College of Education to be attentive to the needs of contemporary college students and to the challenges of serving a diverse, modern society.
Conceptual Framework: The Responsive Professional
The conceptual framework of the UL Lafayette College of Education is designed to expand upon the institution's commitment to be a responsive university. The College strives for excellence in the production of responsive professionals-individuals who serve the community with professionalism and leadership in education and allied fields. The College of Education's conceptual framework forms a foundation for innovative, interdisciplinary, and research-based curricula dedicated to the development of reflective practitioners who demonstrate expertise in knowledge and practice. Through these programs, the College fosters collaboration, advocacy, respect for diversity, and commitment to on-going professional growth.
Admission to graduate programs in the College of Education requires the following:
- An undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 on a 4 point scale and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination.
- Each graduate program in the College of Education has additional requirements set forth under its section.
Students who are not granted regular admission status may be admitted conditionally to some of the College of Education programs when academic criteria (undergraduate GPA or test scores) are not fully met. The Graduate Advisory Committee of the College of Education reviews these cases. Conditionally admitted students are closely monitored during their first 12 hours of graduate coursework and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. At the end of 12 hours, conditionally admitted students must petition for regular admission status. NO MORE THAN 9 HOURS OF GRADUATE COURSEWORK, INCLUSIVE OF TRANSFER CREDIT, EARNED PRIOR TO ADMISSION (REGULAR OR CONDITIONAL) TO A DEGREE PROGRAM MAY BE APPLIED TOWARD THE COMPLETION OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS.
Students who wish to pursue graduate coursework in the College of Education but do not wish to pursue a graduate degree should apply for Special Non-Degree status (Note: Special Non-Degree status has the same academic requirements as those for admission to degree programs in education).