The Early Childhood Education Program prepares teachers for early childhood PK-3 grades. This
program provides the candidates with the basic knowledge and understanding of young children,
their development, and how to help them become academically successful. The program provides
opportunities to work in schools, under the guidance and supervision of master teachers and
university faculty. Candidates are provided early field experiences in diverse settings as well as
opportunities for clinical practice prior to student teaching. The program requires 180 hours of field
experiences prior to student teaching and 270 clock hours of student teaching. Candidates must
provide their own transportation for clinical experiences and student teaching in schools in the
Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area.
Completers of the program are expected to demonstrate characteristics of Reflective Practitioners for
Global Environments. These attributes include being instructional leaders, continuous assessors,
astute technologists, advocates for diversity and collaboration and reflective professionals.
Candidates seeking teacher certification are required to meet the PRAXIS I (Reading, Writing, and
Mathematics) requirements prior to enrollment in Teacher Education courses at the 300 level (except
for ECED 314: Creative Curriculum and HLTH 320: Health and Nutrition). They are required to pass
PRAXIS II (Content Area) prior to enrollment in Teaching Methods courses and they must pass
PRAXIS II (PLT) prior to enrollment in Student Teaching.
Majors in this program may elect to take courses on-line when offered. Candidates enrolling in online
courses must complete required field experiences and PRAXIS requirements equivalent to those
for on-land candidates.