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Educational Studies


The Teacher Education Department is comprised of two programs: Educational Studies and Teacher Certification

The Educational Studies program provides three concentrations in the education field.  Early Childhood (PreK-3), Elementary Education (1-5), and Secondary Education. 

The Early Childhood Education Program prepares professionals who primarily work in the public systems’ Kindergarten through 3rd grade (PreK-3). This program has two components; the first is an undergraduate route for candidates to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and the second route is for candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and wish to become certified to teach in PreK-3 classrooms through the Non-Masters Certification-Only Alternative Education (Post-Baccalaureate) Program.

The Elementary Education Program prepares candidates to teach in Grades 1-5 classrooms, and Secondary Education prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in a content area of the candidates' choice. Candidates may select the baccalaureate route or, if qualified, enroll in the Non-Masters Certification-Only Alternative Education (Post-Baccalaureate) Program and become certified as elementary grades 1-5 teachers. The Certification-Only Program also offers courses leading to certification of teachers for secondary grades 6-12 classrooms in selected fields (i.e. Math, Science, Social Studies).

These programs are approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Department of Education to offer teacher preparation and certification. The teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The most recent accreditation reaffirmation visit by NCATE was in Fall 2008 and the next visit will be conducted Sunday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 27, 2015.


Who are we?
The College of Education and Human Development includes Educational Studies, The Center for Certification and Teacher Quality, and Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS).


What is the difference between the teacher education programs and CDFS?
The CDFS program prepares candidates to become child, family and community
advocates and owners of daycare facilities. See Career Options for CDFS for more information.  The teacher education programs of study prepare candidates to become classroom teachers.


What is the Praxis and am I required to take it?
The Praxis exams are teacher licensure/certification exams taken by individuals entering the teaching profession. This exam is not required to receive an undergraduate degree in CDFS or Educational Studies. Praxis I and II are partial requirements for teacher certification for the state of Louisiana. For information regarding Praxis, go to


How often should I meet with my advisor?
All students are expected to meet with their program advisors a minimum of twice each semester — once for general program advisement and once for course enrollment during early registration.

Can I choose my field experience/students teaching site?
No. Site placements are determined by the Director of Field Experience along with college faculty.


If I am enrolled in more than one course requiring field experience hours, am I required to complete field experience hours for each individual course or can my field experience hours overlap?
No. Each field experience is unique and designed according to the specified course objections. Therefore, field experience hours cannot overlap or serve the purposes of more than one course.

Can I enroll in other courses while I complete my student Teaching/Internship and Student Teaching Seminar?
No. Candidates who are enrolled in Student Teaching/Internship and Student Teaching Seminar are not permitted to take any other courses.


Which courses can I take prior to passing parts of the Praxis?
It depends on your program of study. Please refer to your course curriculum.


Dr. Willie Jones, III
Dean / CAEP Coordinator
Education Building, Suite 250

Dr. Jenita Hegwood
Associate Professor/Department Chair
Education Building, Suite 226

Dr. Deborah Darby
Assistant Professor
Education Building, Rm 205

Kimberly K. Stanley
Assistant Professor/Clinical and Field Experience Coordinator/
Assessment Coordinator
Education Building, Suite 256