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Requirements

Effective July 1, 2018, a consecutive two semester year-long teacher intern residency (Phase I and Phase II) is required by the Louisiana State Department of Education (LDOE). 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 Intern 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 Intern Residency which consist of Phase I and Phase II and candidates in the Certification-Only Program are required to complete either the Teacher Intern 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 Intern Residency assignments in both an elementary school setting and a secondary (middle or high) school setting.

Undergraduate Program

Teacher Intern Residency-Phase I and Phase II

If you are currently enrolled in our Teacher Preparation Program, you must meet all requirements listed below to be eligible for Phase I and Phase II of the Teacher Intern Residency. These requirements are in addition to the requirements for admission into the program. The clinical experience handbook was created as a guide to successful clinical experience (teacher intern residency) for teacher interns, cooperating teachers, administrators, and university supervisors at UL Lafayette.

Upon successful completion of all requirements for Phase I or Phase II of the Teacher Intern Residency, the Dean’s office will send notification to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences of all candidates who are eligible to enter Phase I or Phase II of the Teacher Intern Residency. A teacher intern refers to a teacher candidate who has successfully completed all requirements for Phase I or Phase II and is eligible for the Teacher Intern Residency. The Director of Teacher Clinical Experiences then will notify all teacher interns via email of their assignment. A teacher intern is required to have a variety of field experiences in diverse settings. Therefore, an intern’s placement in the schools is based on their prior field experiences and consideration is given to travel distance.

Teacher Intern Residency-Phase I Requirements:

All candidates must complete the Teacher Intern Residency application for Phase I during the semester immediately prior to Phase I or during the second semester of the Junior year to request for approval from the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences to start Phase I of the Teacher Intern Residency. All candidates must meet all requirements stated below for approval of EDCI 400-Phase I of the Teacher Intern Residency. Please note Phase I and Phase II must be completed during two consecutive semesters.

  • You must have taken ALL parts of Praxis tests (Content Knowledge and the Principles of Learning and Teaching) by no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester for EDCI 400- Phase I of the Teacher Intern Residency.
  • You must have passed ALL parts of Praxis tests by no later than the Friday before the week of finals during the end of Phase I.
  • You must have at least a 2.5 overall cumulative GPA and at least a 2.5 cumulative major GPA.
  • You must have a minimum of 90 credit hours of degree applicable coursework completed and be eligible for Phase II of the Teacher Intern 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.
  • You must apply for State of Louisiana Resident Teacher Certificate by downloading and submitting the Resident Teacher application and the Professional Conduct form via email to teachcert@louisiana.edu
  • 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 to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experience.

At the end of the semester, all teacher interns registered for EDCI 400- Phase I of the Teacher Intern 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 candidate earns no credit in EDCI 400, the candidate must repeat Phase I before progressing to Phase II.

Teacher Intern Residency-Phase II Requirements:

All candidates who have earned credit or "CR" in EDCI 400- Phase I of the Residency must complete all requirements listed below for approval to proceed with Phase II of the Teacher Intern Residency. The course for Phase II will vary

  • You must have at least a 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.
  • You must have at least a 2.5 overall cumulative grade point average in all coursework attempted (includes both transfer and institutional grade point average).
  • You must complete 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 Intern Residency. Contact the Office of Student Services for a list of approved courses.
  • You must submit copies of your 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.
  • You must earn credit (CR) for EDCI 400-Phase I of the Teacher Intern Residency. Please note Phase I and Phase II must be completed in two consecutive semesters.
  • All VIA artifacts must be submitted.
  • You must 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 intern residency, EDCI 440, and one non-professional course after school hours of the Phase II of the residency (if applicable) .
  • 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.

At the end of the semester, all teacher interns registered for Phase II of the teacher intern 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 intern receiving a “NC” in Phase II of the teacher intern residency will not be allowed to graduate or receive their initial teacher certification.

Certification-Only Program

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 requirements. However, you do not have to complete an academic internship or a teacher intern residency 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 Intern Residency

You must complete a teacher intern residency 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 Intern Residency, 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 intern residency teaching assignments in both an elementary school setting and a secondary (middle or high) school setting.