Mar 26, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education Grades 6-12, P.B.C., Biology Education Concentration


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The requirements of this program are continually under examination and revision by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The University reserves the right to make changes as required. All enrolled candidates are subject to these changes.

Admission Requirements


Degree: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university

GPA: Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher

Praxis Exams:

  • Passing scores on the Praxis content exam appropriate for the area and/or level:
    • Praxis II Content Focus Area: (In subject area of certification)

AND​​​

  • Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test OR ACT/SAT Waiver:
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test Scores
      • 5713 Reading: 156 or higher
      • 5722 Writing: 162 or higher
      • 5733 Math: 150 or higher
    • ACT Waiver Scores
      • Composite 22 or higher
    • SAT Waiver Scores
      • New SAT: 1100 or higher
      • Pre-March 2016 SAT: 1030 or higher

Resume: List all work experiences since completion of the candidate’s undergraduate degree.

Philosophy: Provide a single-page essay outlining the candidate’s reasons for and commitment to teaching.

Contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Education at 337-482-6681 or altcert@louisiana.edu to schedule an appointment to have your transcripts and Praxis scores evaluated.

Course Requirements


No final grade below “C” will be accepted for any professional education or specialized academic education course required for this certification.

9 credit hours of required course work must be passed prior to registering for an Academic Internship or Teacher Residency.

Teacher Residency/Academic Internship Requirements


In addition to coursework, candidates must complete an Academic Internship or Teacher Residency. Academic Internship and Teacher Residency candidates are required to register for the following courses in consecutive semesters.

The Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam and 9 credit hours of required course work must be passed prior to registering for an Academic Internship or Teacher Residency. Visit ETS-Registration, Test Dates, and Centers to register for the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12, exam 5624.

Teacher Residency (2 Consecutive Semesters)


Candidates will teach under the supervision of the cooperating teacher at their assigned school. The candidates are assigned a school by the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences based on their certification area. Additionally, the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will send an assigned University supervisor to evaluate the candidate’s teaching at their assigned school.

Academic Internship (2 Consecutive Semesters)


Candidates may be eligible for an academic internship if they have a Louisiana Department of Education issued Practitioner’s License (PL) and 0-2 years of teaching experience in their certification area.

Candidates must complete and return the Experience Documentation Form to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences at the Soulier House for verification of their current teaching position. Upon verification, the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will send an assigned university supervisor to the assigned school to evaluate your teaching during the academic internship.

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