Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog

Education (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.   

Program Overview

The School of Education offers a range of professional and academic graduate degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. Job opportunities are found in schools, school districts, universities, public and private agencies, business and industry, and many other areas.


F. Neil Mathews, Director and Graduate Advisor
TELEPHONE 225-578-6867
FAX 225-578-9135


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: LSU Office of Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and schools have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

To be admitted to the Certificate, MA, MAT, MEd, EdS, or PhD programs, a student must complete normal Graduate School application procedures by deadlines established by the Graduate School. Applicants will be expected to provide appropriate documentation upon request for admission into the various degree programs. Documents include a statement of purpose, a resume or CV, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE (for most programs), three letters of recommendation, and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for international students whose native language is not English. Applicants are accepted all year with the exception of Higher Education which has a deadline of April 1 for the following fall for on campus programs, and Counseling which has a deadline of February 8. In order to be considered for fall admission, applications with supporting information must be complete by June 30. For spring, they must be complete by November 15, and for summer admission, they must be complete by May 1. Not all programs accept applicants for spring; please check with specific program advisors.  Complete applications not available for review by these dates will be considered for the following semester as long as that program is admitting for the following semester. Minimum requirements for admission into all degree programs are a score of 153 on the verbal and 144 on the quantitative sections of the GRE, and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework. Lower GRE scores may be considered contingent on excellent GPA. The GRE is optional for students applying to the Educational Leadership, M.Ed. 

After completed application materials are received from the Graduate School, faculty panels in each degree program review and make admission recommendations to the School Director. Upon approval of the School, students are notified of acceptance by the Graduate School. Many programs may be completed part-time. Please refer to program faculty for specific program requirements. 

Financial Assistance

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Doctoral student stipends for academic-year appointments start at $12,528. Deadline for submission of applications for financial aid is March 1.

Graduate Minor in Writing Pedagogy

The graduate minor in Writing Pedagogy is designed to deepen understanding of the teaching of writing pedagogy as well as extend personal practice as writers. Students interested in the graduate minor should meet with their advisor/major professor to design a Program of Study and fill out (as appropriate) a Med, Educational Specialist or PhD Program of Study Form, to be kept on file with the advisor. 

Courses must be clearly delineated as to which hours count as major coursework and which as minor coursework. Graduate students minoring in writing pedagogy must complete 12 hours of coursework including

In addition, students must take one of the following:

Elementary education majors 

Secondary education majors

If appropriate and with approval of a student’s advisor/major professor, the final 3 hours may be taken specific to writing within the English Department. Of these courses, no more than three may be taken with the same professor.

For further information, please contact the School of Education at 225-578-6867 or

Graduate Faculty

(Check current faculty listings by department here)

This school was cited by the Louisiana Board of Regents’ PhD Review Summary as a school that had “attracted a high quality faculty at both the senior and junior level, had a good sense of purpose for their programs, and a good sense of themselves as an academic community.”

Keena Arbuthnot (M) • Educational research
Jacqueline Bach (M) • English education, curriculum theory
Estanislado Barrera (M) • Reading and literacy education
Jennifer Baumgartner (M) • Early childhood education, child development
Alica Benton (3P) • Early childhood education, reading and literacy education
Joy Blanchard (M) • Higher education
Pamela Blanchard (M) • Science education
Earl H. Cheek Jr. (EM) • Reading education
Yu “April” Chen (6A) • Higher education
Laura Hensley Choate (M) • College counseling, counselor education, counseling women
Ashley B. Clayton (6A) • Higher education
Rita Culross (EM) • Gifted and talented education
Jennifer Curry (M) • School counseling  
R. Kenton Denny (M) • Special education
Cynthia DiCarlo (M) • Early childhood education
Stephanie Eberts (3F) • Counselor education
Denise Egea (EM) • Foreign language education, curriculum studies
Gary G. Gintner (M) • Diagnosis and treatment planning, substance abuse, stress reduction
Eugene Kennedy (M) • Educational research
David Kirshner (M) • Mathematics education
Carlos G. Lee (3P) • Educational administration, management theory, policy evaluation
S. Kim MacGregor (M) • Educational research, instructional innovation
F. Neil Mathews (M) • Gifted education
Roland Mitchell (M) • Higher education, pedagogy, diversity
Paul Mooney (M) • Special education
Laura Piestrzynski,(6A) • Early and elementary literacy education
Yufeng “Jennifer” Qian (3P) • Educational technology
Mary “Molly” Quinn (7M) • Curriculum studies and theory, urban and community education
Tom Ricks (M) • Mathematics education
Kimberley Skinner (M) • Literacy education, curriculum studies
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell (M) • Literacy, urban education
Charles Teddlie (EM) • Qualitative research
Kerri Tobin (M) • Social studies education


    Graduate CertificateCertificate of Education SpecialistMaster of ArtsMaster of EducationMaster of Arts in TeachingDoctor of Philosophy