Teacher Alternative Certification (B-K), (PK-3)

Alternative Certification Paths in Early Childhood Education 

LSU offers two alternative certification program paths for early childhood education: B-K and PK-3. Both programs are approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and are in alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each program is 33-credit hours.

All courses are offered in a “hyflex” model; they can be taken 100% online to 100% face-to-face and anywhere in between.

Admission

Students entering the program must have completed a non-education baccalaureate degree with at least a 2.5 GPA and earn a passing score on the Praxis core academic skills for educators. Exceptions: Candidates who already possess a graduate degree will be exempted from this requirement as well as students who have an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT combined verbal/critical reading and math score of 1030. Student teaching requires candidates to take the Praxis subject’s test.  See Louisiana Praxis Subject area test requirements here.

Candidates must sign a release allowing the program to access assessment data for 5 years. 
Please note that additional courses for the Reading requirement are integrated within existing courses and indicated with an asterisk. 

NOTE: Apply as a "non-matriculating student."

B-K Teacher Alternative Certification (33 credit hours)

Participate in field-based experiences in school setting while completing the summer/fall courses (or equivalent contact hours).

Successfully complete courses or equivalent contact hours that focus on child development or psychology, family and community relationships, the diverse learner, classroom management/organization, assessment, instructional design, and instructional strategies before starting their teaching internships. 12 credit hours

EDCI 2081 (3) Introduction to Developmentally Appropriate Practice 
EDCI 2083 (3) Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
EDCI 3055 (3) Development of Young Children in Context 
EDCI 3057 (3) Learning Environments for Infants & Toddlers 
EDCI 3383 (3) Assessment and Planning for Reflective Instruction

Successfully complete courses or equivalent contact hours that focus on child and adolescent psychology, the diverse learner, classroom management and organization, assessment, instructional design, and instructional strategies in PK-3 before starting their teaching internships. 9 credit hours

EDCI 3055 (3) Development of Young Children in Context 
EDCI 3053 (3) Infant/Toddler Curriculum & Assessment 
EDCI 3056 (3) Cognitive & Linguistic Development  
EDCI 3058 (3) Social-Emotional Growth & Socialization: Culture, Family & Providers
EDCI 3381 (3) Early Childhood Curriculum 
EDCI 3382 (3) Early Childhood Pedagogy

Reading (according to Bulletin 746). 9 credit hours

EDCI 3000 (3) Children’s Literature 
EDCI 3053* (1 of 3) Infant/Toddler Curriculum & Assessment 
EDCI 3056* (1 of 3) Cognitive & Linguistic Development  
Or 
EDCI 3381 (1 of 3) Early Childhood Curriculum 
EDCI 3382 (1 of 3) Early Childhood Pedagogy 
EDCI 4181** (4 of 12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in Birth – Three Years 
OR 
EDCI 4381 (4 of 12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in PK/K 

Practitioner teachers assume full-time teaching positions in districts. 12 credit hours

EDCI 4181 (12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in Birth – Three Years 
OR 
EDCI 4381 (12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in PK/K 

* Courses cover reading, in addition to other content areas in these blended courses.
**EDCI 4181 meets for 4 hours each week in addition to students being in their field placement for 32 hours each week. Reading/literacy is covered within the context of this course.

Additional Considerations:

Access graduate’s student data via signed release of information gathered at admission. Office of Professional Development will solicit assessment data from parish school systems.

Candidates who demonstrate areas of need will complete prescriptive plans. 1-9 credit hours Individual dependent on candidate needs.

Support types may include online support, internet resources, special seminars, etc.

The School of Education disseminates monthly newsletters to alumni which include course offerings and other professional development opportunities. Additionally, the College of Human Sciences & Education has an active social media presence that highlights professional activities, in addition to the Early Childhood Program’s social media page and monthly Inspiration Initiative training series.

PK-3 Teacher Alternative Certification (33 credit hours)

This program has content coursework in both PK/K and grades 1-3; students should select one cluster.

Participate in field-based experiences in school setting while completing the summer/fall courses (or hours) equivalent contact.

All courses include projects that require field hours.

Successfully complete courses or equivalent contact hours that focus on child development or psychology, family and community relationships, the diverse learner, classroom management/organization, assessment, instructional design, and instructional strategies before starting their teaching internships. 12 credit hours

EDCI 2081 (3) Introduction to Developmentally Appropriate Practice 
EDCI 2083 (3) Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
EDCI 3055 (3) Development of Young Children in Context 
EDCI 3383 (3) Assessment and Planning for Reflective Instruction: EC OR 
EDCI 3485 (6) Math/Science in Grades 1-3

Successfully complete courses or equivalent contact hours that focus on child and adolescent psychology, the diverse learner, classroom management and organization, assessment, instructional design, and instructional strategies in PK-3 before starting their teaching internships. 9 credit hours

EDCI 3055 (3) Development of Young Children in Context; 
EDCI 3381 (3) Early Childhood Curriculum AND 
EDCI 3382 (3) Early Childhood Pedagogy 
OR 
EDCI 3484 (6) ELA/Social Studies in Grades 1-3

Reading (according to Bulletin 746). 9 credit hours

EDCI 3000 (3) Children’s Literature, 
EDCI 3381* (1 of 3)  Early Childhood Curriculum, 
EDCI 3382* (1 of 3)  Early Childhood Pedagogy, 
OR 
EDCI 3484 (2 of 4) ELA/Social Studies, 
EDCI 4382** (4 of 12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in PK/K 
OR 
EDCI 4481 (4 of 12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in Grades 1-3

Practitioner teachers assume full-time teaching positions in districts. 12 credit hours

EDCI 4382 (12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in PK/K 
or 
EDCI 4481 (12) Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in Grades 1-3

* Courses cover reading, in addition to other content areas in these blended courses. 
**EDCI 4482 meets for 4 hours each week in addition to students being in their field placement for 32 hours each week. Reading/literacy is covered within the context of this course.

* Courses cover reading, in addition to other content areas in these blended courses. 
**EDCI 4482 meets for 4 hours each week in addition to students being in their field placement for 32 hours each week. Reading/literacy is covered within the context of this course. 

Additional Considerations:

Access graduate’s student data via signed release of information gathered at admission 

Office of Professional Development will solicit assessment data from parish school systems. 

Candidates who demonstrate areas of need will complete prescriptive plans. 1-9 credit hours

Individual dependent on candidate needs.

Support types may include online support, internet resources, special seminars, etc.

The School of Education disseminates monthly newsletters to alumni which include course offerings and other professional development opportunities. Additionally, the College of Human Sciences & Education has an active social media presence that highlights professional activities, in addition to the Early Childhood Program’s social media page and monthly Inspiration Initiative training series.