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Teacher Residency Requirements

All teacher candidates in the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program and all teacher candidates in the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path to Certification are required to complete two consecutive semesters of the yearlong teacher residency (Phase I and Phase II) as required by the Louisiana State Department of Education (LDOE). The residency will be completed under the direct supervision of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.

The innovative 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.

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.
  • Submitted proof to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experience 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 resident teacher certificate. *Please note the application for the teacher resident certificate will be completed at the Teacher Residency meeting. The resident teacher certificate is valid for one school year and allows a candidate to simultaneously serve as paid a substitute teacher for up to ten days per semester. (NOTE: The hours accrued during the days of serving as a substitute teacher will be counted towards the hours required for residency.)
  • Be eligible to begin Phase II of the Teacher Residency in the semester immediately following Phase I. 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 grade point average in all coursework attempted (includes both transfer GPA and institutional GPA).
  • Completed of all coursework required in your curriculum with the exception of the completion of Phase II of the teacher residency and EDCI 440 (if applicable). All critical courses and major courses must be completed with a "C" or better. 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. Phase I and Phase II must be completed in two consecutive semesters..

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 nor receive their initial teacher certification.

Certification-Only Program Requirements

In addition to coursework, you must complete 6 credit hours of either the academic internship or the teacher residency as part of the Certification-Only Program requirements. The academic internship or the teacher residency must be completed in two consecutive semesters as required by the Louisiana Department of Education.

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 the academic internship. The academic internship begins only in the fall semester and is one full school year, or two consecutive semesters. Candidates are required to register for EDCI 485 (3 cr. hrs.) in the fall semester and EDCI 487 (3 cr. hrs.) in the spring semester.

The approval to enroll in the academic internship will be given by the Director of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences. Upon approval, it is your responsibility to register for the appropriate course and pay the fees for the required course.

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

To enroll in the 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.
  • You must have the VIA coursework requirements completed and passed.
  • You must submit a fully completed academic internship application to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.

Teacher Residency

You must complete the teacher residency if you currently do not have a teaching job. The teacher residency is a year-long residency which consist of  EDCI 485 (3 cr. hrs.) in the fall semester and EDCI 487 (3 cr. hrs.) in the spring semester. The teacher residency must be completed in two consecutive semesters as required by the Louisiana Department of Education.

The approval to enroll for the teacher residency will be given by the Director of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences. Upon approval, it is your responsibility to register for the appropriate course and pay the fees for the required courses. The Director of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will assign you to a school based on your certification area. Candidates will complete Phase I and Phase II under the supervision of the cooperating teacher at the assigned school. In addition, the Director of the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences will send an assigned university supervisor to the school to evaluate your teaching.

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

To enroll in the teacher 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.
  • 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 residency application to the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences.