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Released: 08/24/2000

<p> The Louisiana Board of Regents has granted approval of two new associate degrees at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. The new degrees are the associate of arts in early childhood education and associate of science in emergency medical technology-paramedic. </p><p> Dr. Randall Stovall, vice chancellor for academic affairs, is very pleased with the Regents approval. "We are excited to be able to provide educational opportunities to the people of central Louisiana in these two areas," he said. "Both of these programs will fill a definite need in the workplace." The decision to seek approval for these degrees was based on needs assessments done in the community with the support of respective advisory committees. </p><p> The associate of science in emergency medical technology-paramedic is a five semester degree program which will prepare participants to meet emergency medical services needs in central Louisiana. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, graduates are eligible to complete the National Registry Examination for EMT-Paramedics. Students who complete qualifying prerequisite courses and meet eligibility requirements will be admitted to the professional component of the EMT associate degree curricula beginning Fall 2001. Advanced standing will be granted to students who hold current credentials of EMT-B and EMT-P. </p><p> The associate of arts in early childhood education will provide students who are interested in the education of young children the opportunity to complete their degree and work in direct care. The curriculum consists of core, major, and elective requirements. Major requirements include early childhood education, psychology and kinesiology courses. Students will complete a practicum of supervised observation and/ or field experience in early childhood education programs. This degree can also serve as a transfer degree into the LSU Senior College Elementary Education program or other higher learning opportunities. </p><p> Students who meet eligibility requirements will be admitted to the early childhood education associate degree program starting in January 2001. Prerequisite courses can be taken prior to that time. </p><p> For more information about the EMT-Paramedic associate degree, contact the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences at 473-6459. For information on the early childhood degree, contact the Division of Liberal Arts at 473-6470. </p>