The Elementary Education Program prepares teachers for the elementary school grades 1-5. This
program provides the candidates with the basic knowledge and understanding the middle childhood
years, including their physical, mental, and social development. Candidates will reflect on their roles
in helping these children 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
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 (with
the exception of EDUC 310: Educational Psychology, EDUC 311: Children’s Literature and Media,
EDUC 312: Technology & Media in Education, and). Teacher candidates are required to pass Praxis
II: Content knowledge prior to enrolling in 300 and 400 Methods Courses. They are required to pass
PRAXIS II, PLT prior to enrolling in Student Teaching and Student Teaching Seminar.