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Department of Education and Counseling

CHAIR: Kevin A. Fall, Ph.D., Office: 210 Mercy Hall


The Department of Education and Counseling offers a program of study leading to a bachelor of science degree with teaching certification in elementary education and a minor program of study in secondary education. As part of the teacher education unit at Loyola University New Orleans, the department also offers coursework leading to initial certification in other areas (see music portion of this bulletin for music education program of study) and initial and advanced programs at the post-baccalaureate level (see Graduate Bulletin). Teacher candidates are prepared to cultivate relational thinking, advocate for growth of the whole person, and develop a discerning mindset about their vocation to professional praxis. These underlying commitments are integrated into coursework, fieldwork, and clinical practice and make up one component of the program objectives. Teacher candidates gain competence in professional teaching standards, a variety of communication methods, and collaboration skills. These program objectives are part of what makes preparing teachers at Loyola University New Orleans different from teacher preparation at another university.

Loyola University New Orleans readily accepts the challenges inherent in the demands of teacher preparation. Through its Department of Education and Counseling, the university is committed to engaging all of its resources in preparing teacher candidates who have the knowledge, dispositions, and skilled actions necessary for PK — 12 student achievement. In this way, teacher preparation is a particularly appropriate way of fulfilling the university’s mission and the tradition of the liberal arts.


Prerequisites to the elementary education major and secondary education minor include:

  1. Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences;
  2. Declaration of elementary education major or secondary education minor;
  3. Successful completion of EDUC A100;
  4. Completion of an interview with teacher education faculty members;
  5. Evidence of knowledge, dispositions, and skilled actions appropriate to program objectives and the folio-based program assessment plan.

Teacher candidate progress is determined by assessment measures employed at transition portals 1, 2, 3, and 4. At Portal 1, after achieving passing scores on Praxis I in reading, writing, and mathematics, teacher candidates qualify for methods courses with field components. At Portal 2, after successful completion of methods courses and other requirements of the program, teacher candidates qualify for clinical practice in a student teaching placement. Upon successful completion of student teaching, teacher candidates qualify for application for the bachelor of science degree and certification with the state of Louisiana. Faculty review may lead to the removal of a teacher candidate if it is determined that the candidate’s knowledge, dispositions, or skilled actions do not meet the standards of the program assessment plan. Successful completion of coursework and methods courses does not guarantee transition into Portal 3, placement in student teaching, or recommendation for a state teaching certificate. Also, faculty review may lead to probation for a given period. The services of the university Counseling Center are available for the purpose of career counseling to assist teacher candidates who are not retained in the program.


The culminating experience in teacher education is student teaching. Student teaching is an off-campus, school-based experience comprising a full semester. During student teaching, the teacher candidate is expected to assume all responsibilities of a fully-certified, experienced teacher. Student teaching is clinical practice supervised by a faculty member in the department and a cooperating teaching in the school. Further information regarding student teaching may be obtained from the Student Teaching Handbook, available in the department.


To be recommended by Loyola University for certification as an elementary teacher in Louisiana, the teacher candidate must fulfill all the requirements specified by the department for the degree program in elementary education. The degree program incorporates all the requirements for certification by the State of Louisiana for teaching in grades 1 — 6. For certification, the teacher candidate must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. In addition, the teacher candidate must pass the Praxis I tests to qualify for Portal 2, and for Portal 3, the exams of Praxis II, consisting of Principles of Learning and Teaching and the specialized area examination. Certification requirements are established by the Louisiana State Department of Education and are subject to change. Any such changes will be incorporated into the teacher preparation programs.


Loyola teacher candidates interested in earning certification for teaching in secondary schools must pursue a degree in the academic area in which they intend to teach. To be eligible for Louisiana State certification, the candidates must also successfully complete the general education and the professional education courses required by the state for certification. Loyola University New Orleans offers the secondary minor leading to certification in English, mathematics, social studies, journalism, and speech. Certification programs in music are under revision. Contact the administrative assistant in the Department of Education and Counseling for further information.

The State of Louisiana certification requirements for secondary education are, at the time of this publication, as follows:

General Education Requirements: 30 hours

  1. English: 6 hours
  2. Social Studies: 6 hours
  3. Mathematics: 6 hours
  4. Science: 9 hours, including 3 semester hours in biological science and 3 semester hours in physical science
  5. Arts: 3 hours

Note: At Loyola, in some instances, college Common Curriculum requirements and state general education requirements may be fulfilled concurrently. Consult the adviser for specific information.

Professional Education: 34 hours

  1. Three hours in History of Education, Introduction to Education, Foundations of Multicultural Education, or Philosophy of Education
  2. Three hours in educational psychology
  3. Fifteen hours of professional education appropriate to secondary level, including three hours of adolescent psychology
  4. Three hours in the teaching of reading
  5. Nine hours in student teaching in the teaching field
  6. One hour of Teacher Aide (departmental requirement, not state required)

Teacher candidates must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and no grade lower than C in each course of the teaching area, as well as in each professional education course. In addition, the teacher candidates must pass the Praxis I Examination (reading, writing, and mathematics) and Praxis II, consisting of Principles of Learning and Teaching and specialized area examination. Please consult with departmental advisers for current program requirements and details.

Minor in Secondary Education: 21 — 24 hours

Students may elect to take the 21 — 24 hours in the area of professional education required for the minor in secondary education even if they do not wish to receive a teaching certificate.


In addition to an adviser for the primary concentration, teacher candidates pursuing certification in secondary education will have an adviser in the Department of Education who will monitor progress and aid in the sequencing of the professional education courses. Teacher candidates should fill out forms in the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, to list education as their minor.

Post-baccalaureate Teacher Education

Post-baccalaureate teacher education programs are highly appropriate for individuals who decide late in their undergraduate education to pursue teaching as a career and for those individuals already teaching on temporary or intern certificates. For specific details on post-baccalaureate teacher certification, please refer to the Loyola University Graduate Bulletin or see the department chair.

Courses are subject to change to meet State Department of Education certification requirements.


For teacher candidates who began university studies in fall 2003 or later

Freshman   F S
Maj., Com. Curriculum EDUC A100, RELS T122 3 3
Common Curriculum HIST T122, HIST T124 3 3
Common Curriculum MATH T122, MATH A117 3 3
Common Curriculum BIOL T122, PHYS T122 3 3
Common Curriculum ENGL T122, PHIL T122 3 3
Adjunct GEOG A100 or GEOG A101 0 3
    15 18


Sophomore   F S
Major EDEL A205, EDUC A305 3 3
Major EDUC A400, EDUC A210 3 3
Common Curriculum ENGL T125, CHEM T122 3 3
Adjunct MATH A115 OR A118 3 0
Adjunct MATH A114 0 3
Adjunct BIOL Z194, ENGL A388 3 3
Adjunct MUGN U168, VISA U132, or VISA V133 3 0
Adv. Com. Curriculum PHIL (130 — 199) 0 3
    18 18






Major EDEL A325*, A330 3 3
Major EDEL A318, A335 3 3
Major EDUC A343, EDEL A315* 3 3
Major EDEL A310 0 3
Adjunct HIST A200 or A201 3 0
Adjunct RELS (130 — 199) 3 0
Adjunct MATH A113, Science Elective 3 3
    18 15
Senior   F S
Major EDEL A316*, A410*** 3 9
Major EDEL A333 (Math Methods) 3 0
Adjunct HIST A245 3 0
Adv. Com. Curriculum ENGL (130 — 199) 3 0
Adv. Com. Curriculum PHIL (130 — 199) 3 0
Adv. Com. Curriculum RELS (130 — 199) 3 0
    18 9
TOTAL: 129 cr. hrs.    

Courses may change to meet State Department of Education certification requirements.
* Student must have taken and passed Praxis I (Reading, Writing, Mathematics).
*** All required Praxis Exams must be taken prior to student teaching.

Updated July 23, 2005