The traditional, strategically planned, four-year programs of study in teacher education provide for the development of the highest quality professional educators that are committed to life-long learning. This foundation prepares candidates in general knowledge, professional education, special studies, reflective decision-making, and Christian service, through rigorous, relevant, and relational experiences.
Special Education add-on certification Early Childhood add-on certification
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:
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
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 (English, French, mathematics, sciences, social studies, and Spanish), or K-12 grades certification in art, music, 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 and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) standards/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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.
The faculty of the Department of Teacher Education at Louisiana College has chosen symbolic threads or strands that when collectively brought together in a planned and methodical manner, weave a cord that represents a strong, well-rounded, and competent teacher education graduate. Its premise rests upon the fact that each thread or strand addressed individually is relatively weak and can be broken and rendered useless. However, when each strand is woven into a strategically designed cord representing the incarnate of the total teacher, the end result is a competent, resilient, and purposeful teacher. This is the epitome and culmination of a uniquely designed, creative, caring, and highly competent individual. The theme revolving around these three concepts is taken from Ecclesiastes 4:12 which states “…a cord of three strands is not easily broken.”
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:
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:
Students cannot take upper-level teacher education courses (300-400) until they have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
Once admitted into the Teacher Education Program, teacher candidates must meet the following ongoing criteria:
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. The candidates will be required to develop an electronic portfolio which demonstrates competence in professional outcomes. 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 the COMPASS 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.
Students who plan to receive an education degree from Louisiana College must successfully complete a semester of student teaching under the supervision of an experienced, competent classroom teacher as well as a member of the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education. The Student Teaching Program at Louisiana College is conducted in the public schools under a special agreement between the college and the local school districts. All student teacher placements are made by the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education.
Students are to schedule no more than twelve (12) credit hours during the student teaching semester. The class(es) taken must be in the evening so as not to interfere with the all-day student teaching experience.
To be qualified for the Student Teaching Program a candidate must meet the following criteria:
In order for a teacher candidate to exit from the program he/she must meet the following criteria: