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Bachelor of Science Programs

 

Elementary Education
Grades 1-5

Southern University's Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares highly qualified school personnel for the metropolitan Baton Rouge area as well as for the state, nation, and global communities.  This program leads to certification in grades 1-5.  Program participants receive a solid foundation in the theory, research and hands-on activities that inform current elementary instructional methods, curricula and assessment tools. 

Participants in the elementary education program are challenged by professors and dynamic courses to become successful, professional individuals within a complex and diverse classroom environment.  This curriculum, which is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-the accrediting body is soon to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs (CAEP)-focuses on those knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the effective education of elementary-aged students.  Professional knowledge and skills are developed through reflective best practices and inquiry; relevant field experiences that encompass the observation of children in classrooms, on-line, via virtual experience rooms, and like settings; and supervised clinical experiences. 

Professionals completing this program are certified by the Louisiana Department of Education for teaching Grades 1-5.  Graduates are confident in their abilities and credentials as highly qualified educators


Special Education Mild/Moderate: 
An Integrated to Merged Approach - Grades 1-5

Currently national attention is focused on academic opportunities for learners with disabilities.  At the same time, the demand for teachers who earn dual certification in general and special education increases. This specialized program is designed to prepare professionals who will acquire a depth and breadth of knowledge in all areas of elementary and special education, including research-based instruction and assessment practices that follow the guidelines of the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and the Council for Accreditation of Educational Programs (CAEP).

This innovative curriculum "Integrated to Merged" provides teachers with experience through immersion in diagnostic and prescriptive teaching methods that address the curriculum and classroom management needs of students with learning disabilities or deficiencies as well as students in the general school population.  Program completers receive teacher certification in grades 1-5 from the Louisiana Department of Education in two areas:  Elementary Education and Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities.  Completion of this program allows candidates to access many opportunities. he state, nation, and global communities.  This program leads to certification in grades 1-5.  Program participants receive a solid foundation in the theory, research and hands-on activities that inform current elementary instructional methods, curricula and assessment tools. 

Participants in the elementary education program are challenged by professors and dynamic courses to become successful, professional individuals within a complex and diverse classroom environment.  This curriculum, which is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-the accrediting body is soon to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs (CAEP)-focuses on those knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the effective education of elementary-aged students.  Professional knowledge and skills are developed through reflective best practices and inquiry; relevant field experiences that encompass the observation of children in classrooms, on-line, via virtual experience rooms, and like settings; and supervised clinical experiences. 

Professionals completing this program are certified by the Louisiana Department of Education for teaching Grades 1-5.  Graduates are confident in their abilities and credentials as highly qualified educators.  


Special Education Mild/Moderate: 
An Integrated to Merged Approach - Grades 4-8

Schools across the nation are in a state of transition.  Highly skilled teachers are appropriately trained to accept the responsibility for assisting students to achieve their goals and transform their lives.  Southern University's Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a middle school program that leads to certification for teaching both middle grades content and special education in grades 4-8.  Specifically, the program prepares professionals who teach students in least Restricted Environments (LRE) and Inclusion classes. Teachers are prepared to teach students with and without disabilities in the same classroom.

Coursework in this program focuses in the integration of theories, philosophies, and instruction and assessment strategies associated with both general and special education populations.  The program includes intensive and targeted field and clinical experiences relevant to students of different abilities.   Graduates of this program possess the knowledge and skills, research-based strategies and curricula that are highly effective when teaching in classrooms housing students possessing a wide range of developmental levels and abilities.