Teacher Education

Willie Jones III for WEBDr. Willie Jones III

Chair and Assistant Professor

Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, C319,

(504) 286-5520.







The Teacher Education Department is comprised of two programs: Early Childhood Education and Elementary 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. Like the Early Childhood Education program, 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 Elementary Education Program is designed to meet the certification requirements as delineated by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). 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.