Who are we?

The College of Education and Human Development includes Teacher Education 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 day care facilities (passing Praxis is not a requirement). See
Career Options for CDFS for more information. Whereas the teacher education
programs of study prepare candidates to become certified as classroom teachers
(passing Praxis required).


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 required for students of Teacher Education ONLY,  not students enrolled in CDFS. Praxis I and II are partial requirements for teacher certification for the state of Louisiana. For information regarding Praxis, go to www.ets.org/praxis.

Can I prepare for the Praxis?

Yes, all students who are enrolled in Teacher Education programs in the College of Education & Human Development have access to Edmentum/Plato (PLE) Courseware, which provides students with modules that address the skills and knowledge needed to successfully pass Praxis I and parts of Praxis II. PLE Courseware consists of integrated assessments, including exemptive pretests that allow learners to forgo content they already have mastered and focus on the concepts that need additional work. Course-level assessments include tests for each course module to ensure concept mastery. User information is provided below for students to begin.

  • Students sign in at https://ple.platoweb.com/Account/SignIn
  • Account login information is as follows:
    • Account login — suano1
    • PLATO — Student Banner number
    • Password — Student Banner number
    • Once the account information is entered, click login then continue onto the homepage.

What Teacher Education courses require PLE activation and use?

The courses listed below include the PLE Courseware on-live laboratory. Students enrolled in these courses are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours in the lab, and are exempt from the lab only if they have passed both the Praxis I and Praxis II tests. Failure to complete the lab hours will result in an incomplete for the course:

EDUC110 — Intro to Teaching

ECED211 — Intro to ECE and Child Development

EDUC212 — Communication for Teachers

EDUC230 — Child Psychology


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.