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Undergraduate Programs

The College of Education offers students 7 undergraduate degree programs to choose from including Art or Music Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, Middle School Education, and Secondary Education.

Curriculum and Instruction

Bachelor of Arts

Art or Music Education, Grades K-12, Concentration in Art Education

The art education concentration is a professional degree program, offered in conjunction with the College of Arts, offering you a major in art education that leads to teaching certification in art.

The program prepares you to be a reflective, competent, socially responsive educator and will provide you with informed, authentic, and meaningful experiences in visual arts. The art education concentration works from the premise that making art and teaching art are both creative acts that demand personal investment, an unquenchable desire to learn, knowledge of your discipline, and an ongoing development of individual and communal art making endeavors that spark imagination and illuminate possibility for you and others.

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Art or Music Education, Grades K-12, Concentration in Instrumental Music Education

The instrumental (band or orchestra) music education concentration is a professional degree program, offered in conjunction with the College of Arts, offering you a major in art or music education with a concentration in instrumental (band or orchestra) music education that leads to certification as a school band or orchestra director.

The instrumental (band or orchestra) music education concentration is open to students on any band or orchestra instrument. Graduates in this area typically have contracts with public school systems, or return to graduate school to further their training.

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Art or Music Education, Grades K-12, Concentration in Vocal Music Education

The vocal music education concentration is a professional degree program, offered in conjunction with the College of Arts, offering you a major in art or music education with a concentration in vocal music education that leads to certification as a school choral director.

The vocal music education concentration is open to vocalists. Graduates in this area typically have contracts with public school systems, or return to graduate school to further their training.

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Bachelor of Science

Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-3

Our Early Childhood Education Program, Grades PreK-3, focuses on children's learning through play, based on the research and philosophy of Jean Piaget. This belief is centered on the "power of play." Play meets the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social needs of children. It has been thought that children learn more efficiently and gain more knowledge through play-based activities such as dramatic play, art, and social games. You will help children to develop the core building blocks of knowledge that will be the foundation for their school careers and the rest of their lives.

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Elementary Education, Grades 1-5

Our Elementary Childhood Program, Grades 1-5, focuses on basic academic learning and socialization skills, introducing children to the broad range of knowledge, skill and behavioral adjustment they need to succeed in life.The major goals of elementary education are to achieve basic literacy and numeracy among all pupils, as well as to establish foundations in science, mathematics, geography, history and other social sciences.

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Middle School Education, Grades 4-8

Our Middle School Education Program, Grades 4-8, focuses on adolescent development and enables you to gain the knowledge and experience to work successfully with family members and the broader community. This program is designed to meet the Louisiana Department of Education requirements for certification in Middle School Education. We currently offer focus areas in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Upon completion of the entire program, you will be certified to teach in two focus areas of your choice.

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Secondary Education, Grades 6-12

Middle school and high school are the times when students really discover their passions and you — their future teacher — are the one who will help spark their excitement.

You will have many hands-on opportunities to work with this age group and you will create lesson plans and apply them in a classroom setting. The hands-on opportunities include, but are not limited to, working in youth programs on campus, field experiences, and student teaching in area schools.

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  • Secondary Education, Biology Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Business Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Chemistry Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Earth Science Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, English Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, General Science Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Physics Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Social Studies Education, Grades 6-12

  • Secondary Education, Speech Education, Grades 6-12

Kinesiology

Bachelor of Science

Kinesiology, Athletic Training

Athletic Training (AT) focuses on collaborating with physicians to optimize activity and participation of physically active individuals. Through our Athletic Training Program (ATP), you will learn how to recognize, treat, and prevent musculoskeletal injuries in individuals on professional and school-based sports teams, in clinics, hospitals, corporations, the military, performing arts, and more. Our program is designed to cover knowledge and skills in prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions.

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Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Science

Our Kinesiology degree's Exercise Science concentration combines classroom instruction, clinical experiences and internships, and laboratory experiences to prepare you for a career in the health fitness industry or for even higher education to become a physical therapist, occupational therapist, chiropractic assistant, physician's assistant, or a physician. Our curriculum blends hard sciences like biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics with exercise science and kinesiology courses covering anatomy, injury care and prevention, and physiology.

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Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education, Grades K-12

Our undergraduate program prepares future teachers and coaches for Health & Physical Education, Grades K-12. Upon completion of this program, students receive certification from the Louisiana Department of Education. This program also is approved by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The curriculum is a combination of courses in teaching methodology (with applied field experiences) and kinesiology science courses which culminates with a student teacher internship in area schools.

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Kinesiology, Concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness

Ready to earn your degree anytime, anywhere? Our Online Health Promotion and Wellness program allows you to earn your Bachelor of Science degree online.

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Kinesiology, Concentration in Sports Management

The Sports Management Program is a broad-based, interdisciplinary program, which provides appropriate Kinesiology requirements as well as coursework in selected subject matter from related disciplines (e.g., communications, business, management, marketing, and public relations). Additionally, Sports Management students are required to complete an internship in an area of career interest.

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