May 23, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Teacher Education Preparation Portals


Baccalaureate Programs


PORTAL ONE: Declaration of a Major


A student who selects a teacher education program as a major but has not yet enrolled in EDUC 200 has entered Portal One. First-time freshmen are advised in General and Basic Studies for a maximum of one year. Once a freshman has declared a major, earned a minimum of 12 credit hours, earned an overall GPA of 2.5, and successfully completed any required developmental coursework, they will be transferred to the academic department of their chosen major for advising. Students not meeting these requirements will remain in General and Basic Studies until 24 credit hours are earned. Assignment to a teacher education advisor does not imply acceptance into a teacher education program.

PORTAL TWO: Admission to a Teacher Education Program


Prerequisites


Students must meet the following Portal Two requirements to be admitted into a teacher education program:

  • Officially declare a major in a teacher education program;
  • Complete 30 semester hours of coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  • Grade of C or better in EDUC 204;
  • Grade of C or better in ENGL 101 and ENGL 102;
  • Grade of C or better in MATH 113;
  • Grade of C or better in all required EDTC, EDUC, PSYC, and SPED courses completed;
  • Grade of C or better in primary teaching area for those with a secondary education concentration;
  • One of the following:
    • ACT ≥ 22;
    • SAT ≥ 1100 combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math; or
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (pass all three):
      • Reading (#5712) with a score ≥ 156;
      • Writing (#5722) with a score ≥ 162; and
      • Mathematics (#5732) with a score ≥ 150.
  • Completion and approval of the EDUC 200 application for admissions packet, which consists of the following:
    • Admission Application Form;
    • Professional Conduct 1 Form;
    • Student Pre-Collegiate Narrative and Graded Rubric from EDUC 204/MUED 226;
    • Official copy of Praxis scores; and
    • EDUC 200 and Child Abuse Awareness Seminar Certificate of Completion

​​Additional information on admission to a teacher education program may be obtained from the Department of Education Professions, an advisor, or from the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services (ST/PES).

Privileges


  • Credit for EDUC 200; and
  • Ability to enroll in 300/400 level education courses.

PORTAL THREE: Assignment to Teacher Residency


The teacher education candidate prepares for teacher residency by completing all required content area and preliminary professional education courses and passing all licensure tests. EDUC 300 must be taken the semester prior to the first semester of teacher residency. In EDUC 300, students will submit all required test scores, a teacher residency license application, and other materials necessary prior to beginning the residency.

Prerequisites


In order to fulfill the requirements of EDUC 300 and be eligible to begin the teacher residency, the following must be completed:

  • MSU application for teacher residency;
  • Senior standing;
  • Minimum scores on Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam and content area exam, if applicable (refer to the appropriate program page in this catalog or the Department of Education Professions for specific exam requirements);
  • Grade of C or better in all content area and professional education courses;
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  • All prerequisite required methods courses; and
  • Application for Teacher Residency Certificate from the state.

Privilege


  •  Teacher residency assignment.

PORTAL FOUR: Recommendation for Graduation and Certification


A candidate who successfully completes two consecutive semesters of teacher residency should have completed all requirements for graduation and certification. The candidate's department will check all graduation requirements and recommend that candidate for graduation. The Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services will assist candidates in completing an application for certification. The McNeese State University certification specialist will review the application for completion of all requirements and then forward to the Louisiana Department of Education with the recommendation that the candidate be certified.

Prerequisite


  • Successful completion of all graduation and certification requirements.

Privilege


  • Recommendation for graduation and state certification.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs


PORTAL ONE: Declaration of a Major


A student who chooses to enroll in a teacher education post-baccalaureate certificate program but has not yet enrolled in EDUC 499 has entered Portal One. Students are assigned to an advisor in the Burton College of Education. Assignment to an advisor does not imply official acceptance into the teacher education program.

PORTAL TWO: Admission to a Teacher Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program


Prerequisites


Students must complete all of the following Portal Two requirements to be admitted into a teacher education post-baccalaureate certificate program:

  • Completion of an EDUC 499 packet, which consists of the following:
    • Admission Application Form;
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.2;
    • Professional Conduct 1 Form;
    • Student Pre-Collegiate Narrative and Graded Rubric;
    • Official passing scores on Praxis content area exam with sub-scores; and
    • One of the following:
      • ACT ≥ 22;
      • SAT ≥ 1100 combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math; or
      • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (pass all three):
        • Reading (#5712) with a score ≥ 156;
        • Writing (#5722) with a score ≥ 162; and
        • Mathematics (#5732) with a score ≥ 150.

​​Additional information on admission to a teacher education program may be obtained from the Department of Education Professions, an advisor, or from the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services (ST/PES).

Privileges


  • Credit for EDUC 499; and
  • Ability to enroll in 300/400 level education coursework.

PORTAL THREE: Assignment to Teacher Residency


The teacher education candidate prepares for teacher residency by completing all required preliminary professional education courses and passing all licensure tests. EDUC 400 must be completed the semester prior to the first semester of teacher residency. In EDUC 400, students will submit all required test scores, a teacher residency license application, and other materials necessary prior to beginning the residency.

Prerequisites


Students must be currently enrolled in or have completed all required coursework prior to the residency semester in order to enroll in EDUC 400. In order to fulfill the requirements of EDUC 400 and be eligible to begin the teacher residency, the following must be completed:

  • MSU application for teacher residency;
  • Minimum scores on Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam and content area exam, if applicable (refer to the appropriate program page in this catalog or the Department of Education Professions for specific exam requirements);
  • Grade of C or better in all program coursework;
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all program coursework; and
  • Application for Teacher Residency Certificate from the state.

Additional requirements may be included in the course as needed for state certification.

Privilege


  • Teacher residency assignment.

PORTAL FOUR: Recommendation for Certification


A candidate who successfully completes two consecutive semesters of teacher residency should have completed all requirements for certification. The candidate’s department will check all program requirements and recommend the candidate for a certificate. The Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services will assist candidates in completing an application for certification. The McNeese State University certification specialist will review the application for completion of all requirements and then forward to the Louisiana Department of Education a recommendation that the candidate be certified.

Prerequisite


  • Successful completion of all program and certification requirements.

Privilege


  • Recommendation for state certification.

Master of Arts in Teaching Programs


PORTAL ONE: Declaration of a Major


A student who chooses to enroll in a teacher education Master of Arts in Teaching program but has not yet enrolled in EDUC 599 has entered Portal One. Students are assigned to an advisor in the Burton College of Education. Assignment to an advisor does not imply official acceptance into the teacher education program. To enter Portal One, candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and have a minimum undergraduate overall GPA of 2.5.

PORTAL TWO: Admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Program


Prerequisites


Students must complete all of the following Portal Two requirements to be admitted into a Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  • Completion of an EDUC 599 packet, which consists of the following:
    • Admission Application Form;
    • Minimum undergraduate overall GPA of 2.5;
    • Professional Conduct 1 Form;
    • Student Pre-Collegiate Narrative and Graded Rubric from EDUC 647 (if not previously completed, student must concurrently enroll in EDUC 647 and EDUC 599);
    • Official passing scores on Praxis content area exam with sub-scores; and
    • One of the following:
      • Master’s degree from an accredited university;
      • ACT ≥ 22;
      • SAT ≥ 1100 combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math; or
      • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (pass all three):
        • Reading (#5712) with a score ≥ 156;
        • Writing (#5722) with a score ≥ 162; and
        • Mathematics (#5732) with a score ≥ 150.

​​Additional information on admission to a teacher education program may be obtained from the Department of Education Professions, an advisor, or from the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services (ST/PES).

Privileges


  • Credit for EDUC 599; and
  • Ability to enroll in Portal Two education coursework.

PORTAL THREE: Assignment to Teacher Residency


The teacher education candidate prepares for teacher residency by completing all required preliminary professional education courses and passing all licensure tests. EDUC 600 must be completed the semester prior to the first semester of teacher residency. In EDUC 600, students will submit all required test scores, a teacher residency license application, and other materials necessary prior to beginning the residency.

Prerequisites


Students must be currently enrolled in or have completed all required coursework prior to the residency semester in order to enroll in EDUC 600. In order to fulfill the requirements of EDUC 600 and be eligible to begin the teacher residency, the following must be completed:

  • MSU application for teacher residency;
  • Minimum scores on Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam and content area exam, if applicable (refer to the appropriate program page in this catalog or the Department of Education Professions for specific exam requirements);
  • Grade of C or better in all program coursework;
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all program coursework; and
  • Application for Teacher Residency Certificate from the state.

Additional requirements may be included in the course as needed for state certification.

Privilege


  • Teacher residency assignment.

PORTAL FOUR: Completion of Comprehensive Final Exam and Recommendation for Graduation and Certification


Students must complete a comprehensive final examination that is administered during the second semester of teacher residency. Students must successfully complete the comprehensive final examination in order to be eligible for graduation.

In addition, credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program. No grade below C and not more that 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward this degree.

A candidate who successfully completes two consecutive semesters of teacher residency should have completed all requirements. The candidate’s department will check all program requirements and recommend the candidate for graduation and certification. The Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services will assist candidates in completing an application for certification. The McNeese State University certification specialist will review the application for completion of all requirements and then forward to the Louisiana Department of Education a recommendation that the candidate be certified.

Prerequisite


  • Successful completion of all graduation and certification requirements.

Privilege


  • Recommendation for graduation and state certification.