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Elementary Education, Grades 1-5

In addition to the Certification-Only Program requirements, you must meet all course requirements, pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis exam (Exam 5622) and successfully complete an Academic Internship or a Teacher Internship to receive certification from the Louisiana Department of Education.

Course Requirements

Professional Education Course Requirements (27 hours + 6 credits of Academic Internship or Teacher Internship)

NOTE: No final grade below “C” accepted for any professional education or specialized academic education course required for this certification. Any course substitutions must be approved by the Office of Student Services.

*EDCI 430 and READ 409 provide 80 "classroom readiness" hours and must be completed before official acceptance into this program.

  • EDCI 428: Science and Social Studies in Elementary School
  • EDCI 430*: Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers (Pre-req.for all classes except PSYC & SPED)
  • EDCI 353: PK-6 Mathematics Methods for Alternate Certification Candidates
  • EDFL 456: Classroom Assessment
  • PSYC 311: Child Psychology
  • READ 318: Reading in the Language Arts
  • READ 409*: The Reading Act: Instruction Through the School Years (Pre-req. for all except PSYC & SPED)
  • READ 411: Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching of Reading
  • SPED 391: Foundations of Inclusive Education

Academic Internship/Teacher Internship 

EDCI 485 and 487:  Academic Internship/Teacher Internship for Certification-Only Candidates I and II

In addition to coursework, you must complete 6 credit hours of either an academic internship or teacher internship as part of the Certification-Only Program requirements. However, you do not have to complete an academic internship or a teacher internship (student teaching) if the Louisiana Department of Education issued you a Practitioner’s License (PL2) and you have been teaching for at least 3 years in the same area you are seeking certification. The Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences (OTCE) will verify that you have been teaching for at least 3 years in the area you are seeking certification.

NOTE: Both the Praxis Series Test- the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) (Exam 5622) and all course work listed must be passed prior to registering for an Academic Internship (2-semester Internship) or a Teacher Internship (Student Teaching). Visit the ETS-Registration, Test Dates, and Centers to register for the Principles of Learning and Teaching.


Academic Internship (2-semester Internship)

If the Louisiana Department of Education issued you a Practitioner’s License (PL2) and you have 0-2 years of teaching experience in your certification area, you may be eligible for an academic internship. The academic internship begins only in the fall semester and is one full school year, or two semesters. Candidates are required to register for EDCI 485 in the fall semester and EDCI 487 in the spring semester. Each EDCI course is 3 credit hours.

You must complete and return the completed experience documentation form to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences to verify that you have a current teaching position. Once the documentation provided has been verified, the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will send an assigned university supervisor at least 4-5 times to the school where you are teaching to evaluate your teaching during the academic internship.

Teacher Internship (Student Teaching)

You must complete a teacher internship (Student Teaching) if the Louisiana Department of Education did not issue you a Practitioner’s License (PL2) and you currently do not have a teaching job. The teacher internship is one semester and consists of two 3 credit hour courses, EDCI 485 and EDCI 487.

The Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will assign you to a school based on your certification area. Candidates will student teach under the supervision of the cooperating teacher at the assigned school. In addition, the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will send an assigned university supervisor to the school to evaluate your teaching.