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LSUA Offers Alternative Teacher Education Certification Program

Released: 05/13/2010

College graduates who want to be elementary or high school teachers but do not possess a teacher’s certificate may be eligible to enroll in the alternative teacher education certification program at LSU Alexandria, announced Dr. Judy Rundell, chairwoman of the Department of Education.

The LSUA program also fulfills the new statewide requirement that prospective teachers without teaching certificates must obtain 80 contact hours of readiness training before they are employed. “We can have a person eligible for a job in the fall if he or she begins the alternative certification program this summer at LSUA,” said Dr. Arlene Duos, one of the program coordinators. Summer school begins May 24.

LSUA offers alternative teacher education certification programs that prepare teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms, and health and physical education in all grades. Prospective teachers with an undergraduate degree from an accredited college and a minimum 2.5 grade point average should contact the Department of Education for specific admission requirements.

Completing the program requires 33 college credit hours, including six hours of student teaching or internship. However, parishes with teacher shortages can hire teachers who are enrolled in the alternative certification program provided they have the necessary contact hours of readiness training.

LSUA has formed a unique summer partnership with Carter C. Raymond Elementary School – called Camp Carter – for elementary students to improve reading and other skills. “This partnership will provide a boost to the learning skills of the camp participants, and it will allow our teacher education students to gain an authentic teaching experience,” said Duos. “The administration at Carter C. Raymond has been extremely supportive, and the response from parents and students has been remarkable.”

Additional information on the LSUA alternative teacher education certification program is available from Duos at 473-6511 or aduos@lsua.edu.