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2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Burton College of Education

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Wayne Fetter, Dean

The Burton College of Education consists of the following departments: Education Professions, Health and Human Performance, and Psychology. The Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services, the Office of Graduate Programs in Education, the Curriculum Materials Center, the Kay Dore’ Counseling Center, and the Ann Rosteet Hurley Center for Economic Education are also located in the Burton College of Education.

Teacher education programs in the Burton College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), State of Louisiana.


The purpose of the Burton College of Education is to prepare students to fulfill their roles in the teaching profession; encourage the continued professional preparation of school personnel; assist school personnel through advisory and consultative services; encourage research and the development of new knowledge for the improvement of educational practice; and contribute to the cultural and intellectual advancement to the citizens of Louisiana.


The goals of the Burton College of Education are to enable the student to develop his/her role as a teacher; prepare the student to be a leader and a participating citizen in the community; assist the student in acquiring an enriched background, depth of specialization, and breadth of knowledge necessary for teaching; help the student master techniques of guiding learners; provide the student with a knowledge of human growth and development and an appreciation of its implications for learning; encourage the student to acquire a sense of loyalty and service to the teaching profession; and to develop within the student a desire for continuous self-improvement.

Conceptual Framework

Programs of study in education are based on the premise that educators are professionals who value life-long learning and instill this value in their students. Candidates are prepared in general knowledge, professional education, and specialty studies. Critical components found throughout the program include the following strands:

  • Strand One: Professionalism. Educators are caring, competent and qualified.
  • Strand Two: Diversity. Educators value the differences classrooms present.
  • Strand Three: Collaboration. A variety of educators contribute to learning.
  • Strand Four: Reflection. Educators systemically review and evaluate themselves.


Programs in the Burton College of Education contribute to the student’s liberal and professional education. The type of degree earned by the student depends upon choice of program in professional education. The Bachelor of Science degree is conferred upon students who successfully complete the curriculum in Secondary Education-Grades 6-12, Early Childhood Education-Grades PK-3, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Physical Education-Grades K-12, Health and Human Performance-General, or Psychology. Students interested in teacher education programs should see the department for advising. Information concerning graduate programs in the Burton College of Education may be found in the Graduate School section of this catalog.


Admission and Progression through the Teacher Education Program

Admission to and progression through a Teacher Education Program is regulated by a series of Portals. Each Portal has specific prerequisites and privileges.

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Alternate Path to Teacher Certification  

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree can become certified to teach by completing alternate pathways to certification. Options such as the non-master’s certification program may be available for initial certification. For additional information, contact the Recruiter/Coordinator for Alternative Programs in the Burton College of Education.

Student Teaching and Professional Education Services

Dr. V. Faye White, Department Head

The department of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services (ST/PES) serves faculty and students from all departments that offer teacher preparation programs in the College of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science. The mission of the department is to be an informational center to all professional education faculty and departments that serve and support their designated teacher preparation programs and their teacher candidates. ST/PES is a resource for curriculum and materials, field experience information, teacher certification requirements, PRAXIS information, and program completion through student teaching or internship at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Ann Rosteet Hurley Center for Economic Education

Dr. Tracy Scott-McLemore, Director

The Center seeks to encourage, promote, and provide a comprehensive program for increasing economic understanding at McNeese State University, in public and private schools throughout Southwest Louisiana, in the business community, and in all other interested sectors of the service area. Working with the Burton College of Education, the Center emphasizes the teaching of basic economic principles in the classroom by providing pre- and in- service training of teachers in courses, workshops, and seminars.

Kay Dore’ Counseling Center (KDCC)

Dr. Cam Melville, Director 

The Kay Dore’ Counseling Clinic (KDCC) was established in 2001 through a grant from the William and Kay Dore’ Foundation and serves as an educational and best-practices professional training site for students in the Psychology Department. Through its programs the KDCC provides behavioral health services to adults and children in Southwest Louisiana. KDCC programs include: (1)Counseling Services Program, which provides low-cost counseling services; (2) McNeese Autism Program, which provides comprehensive treatment services for children and adults with autism; and (3) McNeese Gambling Treatment Program, which provides free treatment services for individuals diagnosed with problem or compulsive gambling. The KDCC is staffed by nationally board certified and licensed professional staff, who supervise master’s level practicum and internship students.

Reading Clinic 

The McNeese Reading Clinic (held during the summer session) accepts a limited number of school children who need assistance in increasing their reading proficiency. Persons desiring the services of the Clinic for instruction should apply to the Department of Educational Professions for an appointment or for further information. The bases for selection are the results of testing and conferences with parents and school personnel conducted during the spring semester. The schedule of fees is furnished upon request.

Graduate Studies

The Burton College of Education offers the Educational Specialist, Master of Arts, the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Education, and the Master of Science.

The major in Psychology leads to the Master of Arts; the majors in Elementary Education Grades 1-5, and Secondary Education Grades 6-12 lead to the Master of Arts in Teaching; and the majors in Curriculum and Instruction (concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Reading, and Secondary Education), Educational Leadership, Educational Technology Leadership, Special Education (concentrations in Advanced Professional, Autism Disorders, and Educational Diagnostician), and School Counseling lead to the Master of Education. The majors in Health and Human Performance and Instructional Technology lead to the Master of Science. The major in Educational Leadership leads to the Educational Specialist.

A valid teacher’s certificate is required for each program leading to the Master of Education. Individuals having earned a teaching certificate outside the United States are required to have their credentials evaluated through AACRAO prior to acceptance into any degree program that requires a valid teaching certificate.

Teacher education programs in the Burton College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Information concerning graduate work in the college can be found in the Graduate School section of the Catalog.

Office of Graduate Education Programs

 Dr. Brett Welch, Director

The Burton College of Education offers several programs of advanced study in education through the Department of Education Professions. These programs are coordinated through the Office of Graduate Education Programs. Through relevant and rigorous curricula and field experiences, each program prepares candidates for professional roles in P-12 education. Each program’s scope is pragmatic and specialized, blending theoretical content with practical application in curriculum, instruction, technology, counseling, and leadership in regular and special education settings.


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