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Teacher Residency Requirements

Effective July 1, 2019, a consecutive two semester year-long teacher residency (Phase I and Phase II) is required by the Louisiana State Department of Education (LDOE) for all candidates in the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program and for all candidates the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path to Certification. The College of Education at UL Lafayette uses the course titled "EDCI 400-Phase I Residency" to track the placement of all candidates in Phase I of the Teacher Residency in accordance with its national accrediting agency, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Additionally, the residency model will:

  • strengthen candidates’ resumes for the school, district and/or job he/she desires.
  • accelerate understanding of the nuances associated with the teaching profession through experiences such as the opening and ending of school.
  • provide candidates with experiences that are aligned to current teacher certification requirements in Louisiana.

All candidates enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program are required to complete two consecutive semesters of the year-long Teacher Residency which consist of Phase I and Phase II and candidates in the Certification-Only Program are required to complete either the Teacher Residency-Phase I and Phase II or an academic internship under the direct supervision of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.  

Candidates in the Kinesiology, Health & P.E. Gr K-12 program or the Art or Music Education (concentrations in Art, Instrumental Music, or Vocal Music) program are required to complete the Teacher Residency assignments in both an elementary school setting and a secondary (middle or high) school setting.

Undergraduate Program Residency Requirements

Teacher Residency-Phase I Requirements:

All candidates must complete the Phase I Teacher Residency application during the semester immediately prior to Phase I or during the second semester of the Junior year to request for approval to start Phase I of the Teacher Residency.

All candidates must meet all requirements stated below for approval to start Phase I of the Teacher Residency.

  • Candidates entering Phase I Teacher Residency in the Spring:
    • All candidates entering Phase I residency in the Spring must have taken ALL parts of the Praxis tests (Content Knowledge and the Principles of Learning and Teaching) by no later than the December 1st deadline and must pass all parts to Praxis tests by no later than the May 1st deadline to enter into Phase II in the Fall.
  • Candidates entering Phase I Teacher Residency in the Fall:
    • All candidates entering Phase I residency in the Fall must have taken ALL parts of the Praxis tests (Content Knowledge and the Principles of Learning and Teaching) by no later than the May 1st deadline and must pass all parts to Praxis tests by no later than the December 1st deadline to enter into Phase II in the Spring.
  • Earned at least a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 2.5 cumulative major GPA.
  • Earned at least a minimum of 90 credit hours of degree applicable coursework completed and be eligible for Phase II (student teaching) of the Teacher Residency during the consecutive semester following Phase I. All critical courses and major courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Substitutions for any courses must be approved by the Office of Student Services.
  • Submitted proof to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experience located in the Soulier House of affiliation with a professional educational organization offering education liability insurance, such as A+PEL, LAE, LAHPERD, Kappa Delta Pi, etc. See Organizations & Association for more information.
  • Hold a valid teacher resident certificate. *Please note the application for the teacher resident certificate will be completed at the Teacher Residency meeting.
  • Be eligible to begin Phase II of the Teacher Residency in the second semester of your Senior year. See below the requirements to enter Phase II. NOTE: The Louisiana State Department of Education (LDOE) requires the year-long teacher residency to be completed in two consecutive semesters.

At the end of the semester, all teacher residents registered for EDCI 400- Phase I of the Teacher Residency will receive either the symbol "CR" which signifies the satisfactory completion of the course and the passing of all parts to the Praxis test or the symbol “NC” which signifies no credit or unsatisfactory completion of the course and a candidate who did not passing all parts to the Praxis tests. In either case, no quality-point-bearing grade is assigned to the course. If a resident earns no credit in EDCI 400, the resident must repeat Phase I before progressing to Phase II.

Teacher Residency-Phase II Requirements:

All candidates must meet all requirements listed below for approval to proceed with Phase II of the Teacher Residency.

  • Earned at least a minimum 2.5 major cumulative grade point average which includes both the professional education component courses and the teaching specialty area courses required in the curriculum.
  • Earned at least a minimum 2.5 overall cumulative grade point average in all coursework attempted (includes both transfer and institutional grade point average).
  • Completed of all coursework required in your curriculum. All critical courses and major courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Substitutions for any courses must be approved by the Office of Student Services. NOTE: You are allowed to schedule one non-professional course after school hours during the semester you are in Phase II of the Teacher Residency. Contact the Office of Student Services for a list of approved courses.
  • Submitted passing scores for the Praxis Series Tests-Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test and the Praxis II Content Knowledge/Subject-specific test(s) which corresponds to the initial area of certification; Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education must submit passing scores for all four Praxis content knowledge test. Test scores must be submitted to the Office of Student Services in Maxim Doucet Hall, Room 105 by the established and posted deadline.
  • Earned credit (CR) for EDCI 400-Phase I of the Teacher Residency. Please note Phase I and Phase II must be completed in two consecutive semesters.
  • Submitted all VIA artifacts.
  • Meet all undergraduate degree requirements as outlined by the university in the appropriate academic catalog with the exception of the completion of Phase II of the teacher residency, EDCI 440, and one non-professional course after school hours of the Phase II of the residency (if applicable) .
  • Submitted proof of affiliation with a professional educational organization offering education liability insurance, such as A+PEL, LAE, LAHPERD, Kappa Delta Pi, etc. Visit Organizations and Associations for more information.

At the end of the semester, all teacher residents registered for Phase II of the teacher residency will receive either the symbol "CR" which signifies the satisfactory completion of the course or the symbol “NC” which signifies no credit or unsatisfactory completion of the course. In either case, no quality-point-bearing grade is assigned to the course. The credit hour value of the course is counted as hours earned and are applicable towards the degree, but it is not used in computing the semester cumulative GPA, major cumulative GPA, or overall cumulative GPA. A teacher resdient receiving a “NC” in Phase II of the teacher residency will not be allowed to graduate or receive their initial teacher certification.

Certification-Only Program Requirements

In addition to coursework, you must complete 6 credit hours of either an academic internship or teacher internship as part of the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path to Certification requirements. However, you do not have to complete an academic internship or a teacher internship if the Louisiana Department of Education issued you a Practitioner’s License (PL2) and you have been teaching for at least 3 years in the same area you are seeking certification. The Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences (OTCE) will verify that you have been teaching for at least 3 years in the area you are seeking certification.

Academic Internship

If the Louisiana Department of Education issued you a Practitioner’s License (PL2) and you have 0-2 years of teaching experience in your certification area, you may be eligible for an academic internship. The academic internship begins only in the fall semester and is one full school year, or two semesters. Candidates are required to register for EDCI 485 in the fall semester and EDCI 487 in the spring semester. Each EDCI course is 3 credit hours.

To enroll in an Academic Internship, you must meet the following requirements in addition to the program requirements for Certification-Only Program:

  • You must submit a copy of the contract from the school system in which you are teaching, or you must submit a letter (on school letterhead) from the principal verifying at least one year of full-time employment relevant to your certification area during enrollment in the program. NOTE: The letter from the principal must specifically state the subject area and grade level you are currently teaching.
  • You must submit a copy of your current teaching schedule.
  • You must submit copies of your passing scores for the Praxis Series Test-the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  • You must pass all courses required by the prescription with a "C" or better.
  • You must have at least a  2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Your Portal III Review must be completed and locked.
  • You must submit a fully completed the Academic Internship Application packet to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.

Approval for an Academic Internship will be given by the director of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences. Upon approval, it is your responsibility to register and pay the fees for the required courses.

Teacher Internship

You must complete a teacher internship if the Louisiana Department of Education did not issue you a Practitioner’s License (PL2) and you currently do not have a teaching job. The teacher internship is one semester and consists of two 3 credit hour courses, EDCI 485 and EDCI 487.

To enroll in the teacher internship, you must meet the following requirements in addition to the program requirements for Certification-Only Program.

  • You must submit copies of your passing scores for the Praxis Series Test-the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  • You must pass all courses required by the prescription with a "C" or better.
  • You must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Your Portal III Review must be completed and locked.
  • You must submit proof of affiliation with a professional educational organization offering education liability insurance, such as A+PEL, LAE, LAHPERD, Kappa Delta Pi, etc. Visit Organizations and Associations for more information.
  • You must submit a fully completed Teacher Internship Application packet to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.

NOTE: Candidates enrolled in Health and Physical Education, and Art or Music Education are required to complete the teacher internship teaching assignments in both an elementary school setting and a secondary (middle or high) school setting.