College of Human Sciences and Education
|AREND VAN GEMMERT
Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Services
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management
Assistant Dean for Finance & Human Resource Services
|CHAD T. GOTHREAUX
Assistant Dean for Administration & Strategic Initiatives
RENÉE BOUTTE MYER
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Advocacy & Civic Engagement
Manager of Recruitment & First Year Initiatives
Assistant to the Dean
236 Peabody Hall
Schools and Curricula
LSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education offers bachelor’s degrees and – through the Graduate School – master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs. The college consists of six units: the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, and the School of Social Work with the K-12 University Laboratory School comprising the sixth unit in the college. The Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool is also a part of Human Sciences and Education. The college’s mission is to enhance the quality of life across the lifespan. Through teaching, research, and service, the college plays a significant leadership role in addressing the complex human issues and policy decisions facing Louisiana and the nation.
Faculty, students, and graduates are actively engaged in the research tradition of the university. Thus they are uniquely positioned at the cutting edge in using sophisticated approaches for educating and improving the quality of life for a diverse population in a complex and interdependent world.
The School of Education offers three undergraduate programs in teacher education: Early Childhood Education: PK-3 Teacher Certification and Birth to K, Dual Certification: General and Special Education Grades 1-5, and Elementary Grades Education. The School also offers an undergraduate program in secondary education with an area of concentration in art, grades K-12 (currently suspended) and collaborates with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science in providing teacher certification concentrations in other areas of secondary education (English, French, history/social studies, mathematics, Spanish, biological sciences, chemistry, and physics). The School of Education also collaborates with the College of Engineering in offering a path to certification in Computer Science. The school takes pride in producing graduates who are inquiring pedagogues, effective professionals, and reflective practitioners. Through the Graduate School, the School of Education offers graduate programs in educational leadership, technology, counseling, curriculum, educational research, gifted education, higher education, instruction, and special education.
The School of Kinesiology provides undergraduate and graduate programs for students interested in the art and science of human movement and in the business of sport. Undergraduate areas of study are in kinesiology and sport administration (online program is available through LSU Online); with kinesiology concentrations in exercise science and human performance, human movement science, K-12 health and physical education, physical activity and health, and pre-athletic training. Sport Administration concentrations are sport commerce and sport leadership. Graduates pursue careers in athletic training, K-12 educational settings, health and fitness programs, professional programs such as allied health and medicine, and sport agencies and businesses.
The School of Leadership & Human Resource Development offers undergraduate programs in leadership and human resource development and learning experience design and innovation (online programs in both areas are available through LSU Online). Master’s (online program is offered through LSU Online) and doctoral programs in leadership and human resource development are also available. These programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today’s globalized organizations need to be successful.
The School of Library & Information Science offers the Master of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS), as well as graduate certificates in Archival Studies, Records & Information Management, and School Librarianship. All programs are completed online.
The School of Social Work offers the child and family studies undergraduate curriculum with concentrations in child and family studies and child life. This program is unique from most social sciences programs in that it provides extensive classroom experience and two field internships for students who plan to enter the workforce upon receiving their BS degree. They also offer a Master’s Degree in Child and Family Studies. The School of Social Work also offers an undergraduate program in social work, a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) (online program is available through LSU Online) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is designed to prepare students for entry level careers in social service agencies, schools, corrections/criminal justice, and other community agencies.
The University Laboratory School offers a comprehensive K-12 curriculum for approximately 1,400 students.The school serves as a demonstration center for educational pedagogy methodology and provides for observation, research, and pre-service field experiences for university students and faculty.
The following programs are offered by the College of Human Sciences and Education:
- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-3 and Birth to K (BS);
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Grades Education (BS);
- Bachelor of Science in General/Special Education, Grades 1-5 (Dual Certification) (BS);
- Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BS) with an area of concentration in art (currently suspended);
- Bachelor of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development (BS) (online program available);
- Bachelor of Science in Learning Experience Design and Innovation (BS) (online program available);
- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BS) with areas of concentration in exercise science and human performance, human movement science, K-12 health and physical education teacher certification, physical activity and health and pre-athletic training;
- Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration (BS) with areas of concentration in sport commerce and sport leadership (online program available);
- Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies (BS) with areas of concentration in child and family studies and child life;
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
The following graduate programs are offered through the Graduate School:
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), called the Holmes Program, with certification in elementary education (grades 1-5) or in secondary education (grades 6-12 English, mathematics, sciences- biology/chemistry/physics, social studies);
- Master of Education (MEd) with areas of study in educational leadership, counseling, (school counseling and clinical mental health counseling), curriculum and instruction (elementary education, English, foreign language, mathematics, science, social studies, special education, gifted education, and early childhood);
- Master of Arts in Education (MA) with concentrations in curriculum studies, educational research, educational technology, and higher education;
- Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS);
- Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT);
- Master of Science in Child and Family Studies (MS);
- Master of Science in Kinesiology (MS) with areas of study in exercise physiology, motor behavior, and pedagogy and psychological sciences;
- Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development (MS);
- Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSPM);
- Master of Social Work (MSW);
- Certificate of Education Specialist (EdS) with areas of study in curriculum and instruction, administration, and counseling;
- Certificate in Workforce Development (CWFD);
- Certificate in School Librarianship (CSLIB);
- Certificate in Early Childhood Education (CECE);
- Certificate in Instructional Coaching (CINCO);
- Certificate in Urban and Community Education (CUCE);
- Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST);
- Certificate in Records and Information Management (CRIM);
- Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (PhD);
- Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research (PhD) with areas of study in higher education, K-12 education, and research;
- Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership & Human Resource Development;
- Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD) with areas of study in exercise physiology, motor behavior, pedagogy and psychological sciences, and sport management; and
- Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD).
The following online programs are offered through the College of Human Sciences and Education:
- Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education administration;
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership;
- Master of Library & Information Science;
- Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development with a concentration in workforce development;
- Master of Science in Sport Management;
- Master of Social Work;
- Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development;
- Bachelor of Science in Learning Experience Design & Innovation;
- Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration;
- Certificate in Archival Studies;
- Certificate in Records and Information Management;
- Certificate in School Librarianship; and
- Certificate in Workforce Development.
Students anticipating careers in teaching and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in leadership & human resource development, kinesiology, sport administration, child and family studies, or social work should contact the Office of Student Services, College of Human Sciences and Education, 236 Peabody Hall, to declare their interest and to obtain additional information. The variety of routes to teacher certification and specific general education requirements for all programs necessitate early and continuous advisement by the Office of Student Services.
Students transferring from another institution must meet university transfer admission requirements.
Students interested in graduate programs that do not include initial teacher certification should contact the Graduate School and respective schools.
Basic Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Undergraduate students in the College of Human Sciences and Education are required to:
- Satisfactorily complete an approved program of study that has been determined by the faculty of the college and by the university. In addition, all university programs leading to teacher certification, including concentrations, must be approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Complete the final 25 percent of the program in residence in the College of Human Sciences and Education.
- Child & Family Studies, Learning Experience Design & Innovation, and Sport Administration programs only: Satisfactorily complete these programs with a minimum cumulative and LSU GPA of 2.20 on all work taken.
- Leadership & Human Resource Development program only: Satisfactorily complete the program with a minimum cumulative and LSU GPA of 2.00 on all work taken.
- Holmes five-year elementary education program only: Complete the undergraduate component of the program with a minimum 2.75 cumulative and LSU GPA on all work taken.
- Teacher education programs and concentrations only: Pass all required sections of the PRAXIS Series, earn a grade of “C” or higher in course work as specified by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and satisfactorily complete these programs with a minimum cumulative and LSU GPA of 2.50 on all work taken.
- Kinesiology and Social Work programs only: satisfactorily complete these programs with a minimum cumulative and LSU GPA of 2.50 on all work taken.
Enrollment in Two Degree Programs
A student may enroll in two bachelor’s degree programs concurrently and thereby earn either two degrees or earn one degree with two majors listed on the transcript, provided all requirements are completed as of the same commencement. Written requests must be submitted to the Office of Student Services for dean’s approval.
Refer to the section on “Earning Two Degrees ” in the “Regulations ” chapter in this catalog.
College of Human Sciences and Education faculty monitor the growth of students enrolled in the college’s programs. The College of Human Sciences and Education reserves the right to review at any time student suitability to continue in a curriculum. In addition to the university’s scholastic requirements, specific retention criteria in the College of Human Sciences and Education include, but are not limited to, the following:
- English Proficiency–Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the following courses or have the equivalent in transfer credit: ENGL 1001 (ENGL 1004 ) and ENGL 2000 (ENGL 1005 ).
- Grade Point Average Maintenance–A student who fails to earn a 2.00 semester average in any one semester, regardless of cumulative grade point average, will be placed on college probation. To be removed from college probation, a student must earn a 2.00 or better semester GPA, remediate course deficiencies, and make satisfactory progress in the degree program. A student who fails to earn a 2.00 GPA for two consecutive semesters, regardless of cumulative GPA, will be dropped from the college.
Office of Student Services
The Office of Student Services provides all student-related services for undergraduate students in the college. The office strives to provide a single, student friendly environment designed to meet all student needs: recruitment, application procedures, admissions, advising and counseling services, student records, retention services, scholarships, PRAXIS information, student-related experiences (e.g., student council), degree audits, teacher certification, and alumni follow-up.
Distance Learning Programs Credit
No more than one-fourth of the number of hours required for the baccalaureate degree may be taken as Distance Learning Program (DLP) coursework. Students registered in the college may enroll in a maximum of 19 semester hours of combined resident and DLP coursework during a regular semester (12 semester hours in the summer term). Written requests to exceed this maximum must be submitted to the Office of Student Services for dean’s approval.
Students in residence may take DLP courses only in exceptional cases (e.g., conflicts between single sections of required courses) and with specific approval of the dean of the college through the Office of Student Services. Students in all programs must complete all DLP coursework prior to the final semester of their program.
Students in the College of Human Sciences and Education are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs administered by the Office of Academic Programs Abroad. Course requests must be submitted in advance to the respective department for evaluation of equivalency. In addition, students must meet in advance with a College of Human Sciences and Education counselor to ensure that degree credit will be granted upon return to LSU.
Students interested in dual membership in the Honors College and the College of Human Sciences and Education should contact the Honors College for admission information.
Paths to Teacher Certification
LSU is a leader in teacher education reform. Extensive research and practice support varied ways to become certified as a teacher: a bachelor’s program, a master’s program, post-baccalaureate non-degree programs, and other alternative certification paths (Birth to K, PreK-3, computer science, health and physical education, music and agricultural education areas only). Students may choose from a bachelor’s program in the college (Birth to K, grades PK-3, grades 1-5 – elementary or general/special education (dual certification), grades K-12 art – currently suspended, grades K-12 health and physical education), in the College of Agriculture (grades 6-12 agricultural education), in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (grades 6-12 English, French, history/social studies, Spanish), in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts (grades K-12 instrumental music, vocal music), or in the College of Science (grades 6-12 biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics). Students may also choose to pursue a five-year master’s program offered by the College of Human Sciences and Education for certification in grades 1-5 or a fifth-year master’s program for certification in grades 6-12 (English, mathematics, science- biology/chemistry/physics, or social studies). Regardless of the route chosen, students will find that teacher education at LSU links contemporary research and practice, focuses on preparing teachers for a culturally diverse world, provides early and extended experiences in diverse educational settings, incorporates instructional technology, and prepares P-12 teachers who truly understand children, content, and pedagogy. The program’s focus is to prepare educators to be effective professionals, inquiring pedagogues, and reflective practitioners.
Bachelor’s Programs: Initial Teacher Certification
Undergraduate students eager to complete their education in four years may find the bachelor’s programs most attractive. The College of Human Sciences and Education offers undergraduate programs leading to certification in grades 1-5, Birth-K, grades PK-3, and grades K-12 (art–currently suspended or health and physical education). The college collaborates with the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the College of Science in concentrations leading to certification in grades 6-12. The College of Agriculture offers an undergraduate program in grades 6-12 (agricultural education). The College of Music and Dramatic Arts offers undergraduate programs in grades K-12 (instrumental music and vocal music). Depending upon the area and level of certification desired, students earn bachelor’s degrees from the College of Human Sciences and Education, the College of Agriculture, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, or the College of Science and attain Louisiana Teacher Certification in programs that combine general education, an area of focus, professional education courses, and practical experiences. These programs are designed for students who know early in their college careers that they want to become teachers and who want to enter the profession immediately, following receipt of the bachelor’s degree. Programs feature early and extensive connections between university-based and field-based learning and include at least one semester of full-time, professionally supervised student teaching.
Master’s Program: Initial Teacher Certification
Students who wish to spend extended time developing the expertise to enter the teaching profession with an enhanced capacity for leadership may choose the master’s program which includes a full year of graduate-level professional preparation and full-time professionally supervised student teaching. Secondary Holmes now offers a provisional licensure (PL3) path.
Students earn a master’s degree and Louisiana Teacher Certification by completing 36 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. The program features extended experiences in diverse school settings, the support of peers who work together in small cohort groups, mentoring by graduate faculty, and the development of teacher-researcher skills.
Admission to Teacher Education
Undergraduate students may enter basic teacher education programs after 24 semester hours of college-level course work with a minimum 2.50 GPA, cumulative and LSU. Formal admission to a specific undergraduate teacher education program/concentration requires a 2.50 GPA, cumulative and LSU, and passing scores on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (PRAXIS CORE) or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1100. Admission to upper division professional education courses (3000-level and above) is restricted to students who have been formally admitted to a teacher education program/concentration.
Master’s Program (Holmes only)
Elementary Holmes Program: Admission into the Elementary Holmes Program requires a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (grades 1-5). Students admitted into the Elementary Holmes Program will be selected from those candidates who have a GPA of at least 3.00, have passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1100, have passing scores on both required PRAXIS (5622 and 5001) assessments, and are eligible for admission to the LSU Graduate School. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Elementary Holmes Program. The Elementary Holmes Admissions & Review Committee will select from among qualified applicants those students to be admitted into the Elementary Holmes Program.
Secondary Holmes Program: Admission requirements for the Holmes master’s level secondary certification program include admission to the LSU Graduate School, including an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00, and passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1100 and PRAXIS II subject area/specialty assessment(s). (See “Holmes Master’s Programs Leading to Teacher Certification ” for additional requirements.)
Basic Requirements for All Teacher Education Majors and Concentrations
Undergraduate teacher education students are required to meet the following requirements:
- Minimum grade point average of 2.50, cumulative and LSU
- Passing scores on all parts of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (PRAXIS CORE) or minimum ACT composite score of 22 or minimum SAT composite score of 1100
- Minimum grade point average of 2.50, cumulative and LSU, for entry into and continuation in upper (3000/4000) level education courses, including student teaching
- Satisfactory completion of an approved program of study as determined by all of the following: faculty of the college in which the major/concentration resides, the university and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Minimum GPA of 2.50 on all work completed, cumulative, and LSU*
- Passing scores on all required parts of the Praxis II Series
- Grade of “C” or higher in course work as specified by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
* NOTE: Minimum 2.75 GPA required in the five-year master’s program leading to elementary grades 1-5 certification.
Satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS Series are required for teacher certification by the state of Louisiana. Students in teacher education curricula or concentrations must pass all required sections of the PRAXIS Series prior to graduation.
Undergraduate students must have passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1100 to be formally admitted to a specific undergraduate teacher education program/concentration. Undergraduate students should take the required PRAXIS II assessments during the last semester of course work prior to student teaching.
Undergraduate students in the Elementary Holmes Program leading to the master’s degree and certification must have passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1100 to be formally admitted to this program. Undergraduate graduation requirements include passing scores on both the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622) and the PRAXIS Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) assessments.
Master’s level students in the Holmes secondary certification program must have passing scores on both the PRAXIS CORE assessments or minimum ACT composite of 22 or minimum SAT composite of 1100 and the appropriate PRAXIS II subject area/specialty test(s) to be formally admitted to the master’s year. Students must take the required PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Test(s) by the March testing during the master’s year for timely receipt of test scores. Passage is required for program completion/graduation.
*See “Admission to Teacher Education” and “Holmes Master’s Programs Leading to Teacher Certification ” for additional requirements for admission. Contact the Office of Student Services, College of Human Sciences and Education, for additional information on the PRAXIS Series.
Application for Student Teaching
Application for student teaching must be made to the Office of Student Services no later than two weeks after classes begin in the semester prior to student teaching. Late applicants cannot be guaranteed consideration.
Requirements for Student Teaching
The student teaching semester is scheduled as an all-day, all-week experience with some programs requiring two semesters. LSU requirements for the student teaching experience far surpass the state minimum requirements of 270 clock hours, 180 of which must be actual teaching with a substantial portion thereof on an all-day basis.
All course requirements must be completed prior to student teaching, other than those courses requiring concurrent enrollment with student teaching. No student may schedule course work in addition to that required during the student teaching semester(s) without prior approval by the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education through the Office of Student Services. Students are advised to schedule no more than 15 hours of employment weekly during student teaching. To be permitted to student teach, students must also meet the following requirements:
- LSU and cumulative GPAs of 2.50 with no grade lower than “C” in professional education courses and in other courses as required for certification, regardless of institution(s) attended.
- Proficiency in written expression.
- Select programs require passage of all parts of PRAXIS II in order to be eligible for student teaching. Contact the CHSE School of Education or the CHSE Office of Student Services for specific information.
University Laboratory School
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University Laboratory School (U High) is a division of the College of Human Sciences and Education. Founded in 1915 as the University Demonstration School for the College of Education, the LSU Laboratory School currently serves over 1400 students in grades K-12. As part of its mission the school:
- Provides an exemplary education for its students.
- Demonstrates a model educational environment.
- Serves as a center for educational innovation and research.
- Provides professional development opportunities for educators.
- Offers clinical teaching experiences for pre-service teachers.
Recognized in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School for Academic Excellence, University Laboratory School provides a comprehensive curriculum, including the International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement, and concurrent college enrollment.
Further information about the Lab School can be found at www.uhigh.lsu.edu
The college’s Student Council includes student representatives and members-at-large from each school. CHSE Ambassadors assist the College with recruitment initiatives, campus programs, outreach efforts, banquets, special events and other activities. They provide Collegiate Outreach for Recruitment & Engagement (CORE) support within the College, on campus and in the community. The college’s Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research competencies and conduct research studies with ongoing support from CHSE faculty volunteers and graduate student mentors. The Dean’s College Council Board is another student group made up of representatives from the college’s schools. The college also sponsors other organizations, including an honorary organization, Kappa Delta Epsilon; the Kinesiology Club; Alpha Tau Sigma, a professional student organization for athletic training students; the Association of Pre-Physical Therapy Students; the Physician Assistant Collegiate Society; the Student Organization for Sport Management; graduate and undergraduate level Social Work Student Associations; and a Child and Family Studies student organization. Teacher certification students may also participate in student chapters of national organizations in their certification content area (such as National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, etc.). The college also sponsors Chi Sigma Iota, an honorary organization for graduate students in counseling and the Curriculum Theory Project’s Graduate Student Collaborative.
Artist and Lecture Series and Lectureships
LSU sponsors artist and lecture series and lectureships to foster intellectual inquiry, stimulate dialog, and cultivate unique experiences with outstanding performance in a variety of fields. Among these programs are:
- LSU Curriculum Theory Project Distinguished Lecture Series
Undergraduate Career Plan
Students are encouraged to enrich their studies and prepare for their careers by using the Four Year Career Plan in addition to their academic course of study.