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Policies and Procedures

All students must adhere to the College of Education's policies and procedures listed below:

  1.  No professional education courses (EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ or SPED courses above the 200 level, or methods courses in HLTH or KNES) may be taken until the student has been formally admitted into the College of Education's Teacher Preparation Program. SPED 391 and EDCI 308 are exceptions to this rule.
  2. A student must follow the course sequence in the catalog dated the year in which that curriculum was selected. If a student changes curriculum, the catalog of the year in which the change was made must be followed. Example: If a student enrolled in the Secondary Education and Education curriculum in Spring 2016 then changed to their major to Elementary Education in Fall 2017, the appropriate catalog to follow would be 2017-2018 rather than 2016-2017. If a student does not enroll at UL Lafayette for one regular semesters, the current catalog must be followed upon re-entry. Exceptions may be requested from the College of Education Office of Student Services.
  3. A transfer student will normally follow the curriculum plan as printed in the catalog in effect at the time of entry into this University. With written permission of the College of Education Office of Student Services, however, the transfer student may follow an earlier catalog. This stipulation is subject to the time limitation stated in #4 below.
  4. The maximum period of time for which the provisions of any catalog may be used in preparing a degree plan is five years. Any student who began a degree or post-baccalaureate program six or more years prior to the date of anticipated graduation must consult the College of Education Office of Student Services to determine which catalog should be used for preparation of a Degree Plan. Periodically the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) makes changes in the certification standards for Louisiana teachers. Although a phase-in period is usually provided to allow candidates to complete the programs in which they initially enrolled, UL Lafayette cannot be held responsible for changes that occur during a student's program. For this reason, students are encouraged to complete their programs in a timely fashion.
  5. Any variation from the courses listed in the catalog must be requested from and approved in writing by the College of Education Office of Student Services. No substitutions, waivers, or advanced standing will be honored unless first approved by the College of Education Office of Student Services. This procedure is necessary to protect the student from inadvertent omissions of courses required by the state for certification.
  6. A minimum 2.5 overall cumulative overall grade point average and a minimum 2.5 major cumulative grade point average is mandatory for a degree in teacher education. Many courses require a "C" or better.
  7. All required standardized assessments (the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests) must be passed prior to Phase II of the Teacher Intern Residency. Satisfactory scores on all required tests are essential to obtain a public school teaching certificate. Applications for a teaching certificate may be obtained from the College of Education Office of Student Services.
  8. The following guidelines on semester-hour loads are strongly advised. (In any case, a student may not schedule more than 20 semester hours in a regular semester (Fall or Spring) or 10 hours in the summer semester without written permission of the College of Education Office of Student Services.)
Overall Cumulative GPA Fall or Spring Semester Summer Semester
Less than 2.0 12-15 6
2.0-2.5 16-17 7-8
2.5-3.0 18-20 9-10
above 3.0 No more than 20 without written permission of College of Education Office of Student Services. No more than 10 without written permission of College of Education Office of Student Services.