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Requirements

All candidates enrolled in the undergraduate program are required to complete a teacher internship (student teaching) and candidates in the Certification-Only Program are required to complete either a teacher internship (student teaching) or an academic internship under the direct supervision of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.  

NOTE: Candidates who are registered for an academic internship or a teacher internship (student teaching) will receive a CR (credit) or NC (no credit) at the end of the internship. Receiving a CR or NC is not used in computing the semester GPA, adjusted GPA, or cumulative GPA.

Undergraduate Program

Teacher Internship (Student Teaching)

If you are currently enrolled in our Teacher Education program, you must meet all of the requirements to be eligible for student teaching. These requirements are in addition to the requirements for admission into the program.

  • You must have earned a minimum 2.5 Adjusted grade point average in both the professional education component courses and the teaching specialty area courses listed in the curriculum if you entered the program prior to Summer 2012. In addition, you must have a mimimum 2.5 Adjusted grade point average in all coursework attempted. OR You must have earned a minimum 2.5 Cumulative grade point average both the professional education component courses and the teaching specialty area courses listed in the curriculum if you entered the program during or after Summer 2012. In addition, you must have a mimimum 2.5 Cumulative grade point average in all coursework attempted.
  • Completion of all coursework. You must complete all courses listed in your curriculum. All critical courses and major courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Substitutions for any courses must be approved by the Office of Student Services.
  • You are allowed to schedule one non-professional course after school hours during the semester you are student teaching. Contact the Office of Student Services for a list of approved courses.
  • You must complete the Teacher Internship Application packet provided by the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences at the beginning of the semester before you anticipate completing the internship. 
  • You must submit copies of your passing scores for the Praxis Series Tests-the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test and the subject-specific content knowledge to the Office of Student Services in Maxim Doucet Hall, Room 105 by the established and posted deadline.
  • Your Portal III Review must be completed and locked.
  • You must submit proof of affiliation with a professional educational organization offering education liability insurance, such as A+PEL, LAE, LAHPERD, Kappa Delta Pi, etc. Visit Organizations and Associations for more information.

NOTE: Candidates enrolled in Health and Physical Education, and Art or Music Education are required to complete student teaching assignments in both an elementary school setting and a secondary (middle or high) school setting.

Certification-Only Program

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.

Academic 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.

To enroll in an Academic Internship, you must meet the following requirements in addition to the Program Requirements for Certification-Only Program:

  • You must submit a copy of the contract from the school system in which you are teaching, or you must submit a letter (on school letterhead) from the principal verifying at least one year of full-time employment relevant to your certification area during enrollment in the program. NOTE: The letter from the principal must specifically state the subject area and grade level you are currently teaching.
  • You must submit a copy of your current teaching schedule.
  • You must submit copies of your passing scores for the Praxis Series Test-the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  • You must pass all courses required by the prescription with a "C" or better.
  • Your Portal III Review must be completed and locked.
  • You must submit a fully completed the Academic Internship Application packet to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.

Approval for an Academic Internship will be given by the director of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences. Upon approval, it is your responsibility to register and pay the fees for the required courses.

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.

To enroll in a Teacher Internship (student teaching), you must meet the following requirements in addition to the Program Requirements for Certification-Only Program.

  • You must submit copies of your passing scores for the Praxis Series Test-the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  • You must pass all courses required by the prescription with a "C" or better.
  • Your Portal III Review must be completed and locked.
  • You must submit proof of affiliation with a professional educational organization offering education liability insurance, such as A+PEL, LAE, LAHPERD, Kappa Delta Pi, etc. Visit Organizations and Associations for more information.
  • You must submit a fully completed Teacher Internship Application packet to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.

NOTE: Candidates enrolled in Health and Physical Education, and Art or Music Education are required to complete student teaching assignments in both an elementary school setting and a secondary (middle or high) school setting.