Teacher Certification Program

 

Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program has received state approval for the three programs (Secondary, Early Childhood and Dance) from the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.. Please contact the Teacher Certification office for details.


Teacher Certification Secondary Education Level

In addition to the B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. degree from Tulane University, students may earn teacher certification in secondary education (grades 6-12) from the Louisiana State Department of Education, which can then be transferred to other states. Students should consider the content teaching fields requirements in choosing a major. Students must fulfill all Tulane degree and major requirements, resulting in a bachelors degree in their content field, and teacher certification course work except for student teaching or internship. After completion of the baccalaureate degree, students finish the student teaching or internship requirements.

  1. Secondary Content Focus Area Requirements
    A content focus area selected from: English, mathematics, social studies (combination of economics, history, and political science), French, Spanish, Italian, German, cell biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, chemistry and physics. Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements and major may count towards the primary teaching certification area requirements. Students will be advised by both content area faculty and TPCP staff to ensure certification requirements are met.

    Students who elect to earn secondary certification in a content area must register with the Office of Teacher Preparation and Certification (419 Newcomb Hall), usually during the sophomore year or after completion of EDLA 2000/2890. In order to enroll in upper level coursework and progress through the program, students must:
    1. maintain a 3.0 GPA in education courses with no grades below a C
    2. maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
    3. pass the Praxis I (PPST) exam (usually the semester after EDLA 2000/2890). Students who achieve a score of 22 or above on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT combined math/verbal are excused from taking the PPST.
    4. submit an electronic portfolio demonstrating knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching
    5. complete an interview process
  2. Secondary Content Area Teacher Certification Coursework (23 credits)
  3. PRAXIS Requirements (Required for licensure in Louisiana and many other states)

    Praxis I (PPST) Complete during sophomore year and before enrollment in EDUC methods courses. Students who achieve a score of 22 or above on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT combined math/verbal are excused from taking the PPST.

    Praxis II (Content Area) - Complete before Student Teaching semester or internship.

    Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching) Complete before or during Student Teaching semester or internship.

Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment (13 credits)*
Methodology and Teaching (10 credits)*
One of the following:
Note(s):

EDUC 6930, EDUC 6940, and EDUC 6950 will be completed after graduation.


Coordinate Major Early Childhood Education
  1. Students may elect to major in psychology with a coordinate major in early childhood education to earn certification to teach in grades PK-3. Required PSYC courses are: PSYC 1000 or 1010 or 1020, 2090, 3180, 3200, 3210, 3230, 3250, 3260, 3340, 3350, PSYC 3650 or SOC 1030 and one course from the psychobiology group. Students will work with both an adviser in the psychology department and an adviser from Teacher Preparation & Certification to ensure that both major and certification requirements are met.

    Students who elect to earn early childhood education (ECE) certification must register with the Office of Teacher Preparation and Certification (419 Newcomb Hall), usually during the sophomore year or after completion of EDLA 2000/2890. In order to enroll in upper level education coursework and progress through the program, students must:
    1. maintain a 3.0 GPA in education courses with no grades below a C
    2. maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
    3. pass the Praxis I (PPST) exam (usually the semester after EDLA 2000/2890). Students who achieve a score of 22 or above on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT combined math/verbal are excused from taking the PPST.
    4. submit an electronic portfolio demonstrating knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching
    5. complete an interview process
  2. Early Childhood Teacher Certification Coursework (27 credits in addition to ECE Psychology major)
  3. PRAXIS Requirements (Required for licensure in Louisiana and many other states)

    Praxis I (PPST) Complete during sophomore year and before enrollment in EDUC methods courses. Students who achieve a score of 22 or above on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT combined math/verbal are excused from taking the PPST.

    Praxis II (Content Area) - Complete before Student Teaching semester or internship.

    Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching) - Complete before or during Student Teaching semester or internship.

Psychology Courses
Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment (10 credits)
Reading/Language Arts (10 credits)
Teaching Methodology (7 credits)
Note(s):

EDUC 6900, EDUC 6910, and EDUC 6920 will be completed after graduation.


Dance (K-12)

 


Students major in Dance and earn a degree in the field:

The BA degree in Dance requires 40 credits in the discipline including core courses for all Theatre and Dance majors, courses in Ballet and/or Modern Dance, and courses in Dance History and Dance Composition. The structure of the program addresses both curriculum-based and discipline-based teaching methods with community contact in both areas. The courses in the K-12 Dance Certification Program are aligned with national standards in the field (The National Dance Association and the National Association of Schools of Dance).

Candidates will work with both an advisor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and an advisor in the Teacher Preparation and Certification program to ensure that all requirements for certification are met.


Students complete coursework for (K-12) Certification:
AFTER completion of baccalaureate degree, students finish a clinical capstone:
In addition to coursework, students must complete:

***PRAXIS I tests (PPST) OR submit ACT Composite score of 22 or above OR submit SAT Math/Verbal score of 1030 or above.

***PRAXISII Principles of Teaching & Learning (K-6) (#0522) OR PLT (5-9) (#0523) OR PLT (7-12) (#30524).

***Currently, there is no required PRAXIS II in the content area for dance.

**Overview of the PRAXIS test content and registration information can be found at www.ets.org/praxis.


After completion of coursework, PRAXIS exams, and student teaching, successful candidates can be recommended for certification.
Sequencing of SEC TPCP courses:

Several of the courses required for DANCE (K-12) program completion are only offered once a year (either Fall only or Spring only). Students interested in earning the DANCE K-12 teaching certification should meet with a TPCP advisor as soon as they enroll in EDLA 2000/2890 (if not before) to plan out a program of studies to ensure that prerequisites are met.

Tn addition, the majority of the TPCP courses have extensive service learning field experience requirements. Students may not enroll for coursework that requires more than 80 hours of field experience without special permission from the program director.


In addition to required courses, the following courses are additional suggested electives: