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HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 32:1820 (October 2006), amended LR 34:2033 (October 2008).

Amy B. Westbrook, Ph.D.

Executive Director

0810#015

RULE

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bulletin 746―Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel―Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program (LAC 28:CXXXI.219, 221, and 223)

In accordance with R.S. 49:950 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted revisions to Bulletin 746Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel: §219. Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program: An Integrated to Merged Approach for Grades 1-5: Adopted October 2004; Effective July 1, 2010; §221. Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program: An Integrated to Merged Approach for Grades 4-8: Adopted October 2004; Effective July 1, 2010; and §223. Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program: An Integrated to Merged Approach for Grades 6-12: Adopted October 2004; Effective July 1, 2010. The revision of this policy will move regular and mild/moderate programs from blended to integrated/merged programs resulting in better prepared special education and regular education teachers in grade level 1-12. The move from blended to integrated/merged programs will result in better prepared special education and regular education teachers to meet the needs of all students and to support the department's mission to improve student achievement for all students, eliminate the achievement gap, and prepare more effective citizens for a global market.

Title 28

EDUCATION

Part CXXXI.  Bulletin 746―Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel

Chapter 2.Louisiana Teacher Preparation Programs

Subchapter A.Traditional Teacher Preparation Programs

§219.Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program: An Integrated to Merged Approach1 for Grades 1-52: Adopted October 2004; Effective July 1, 2010.

A.Students who complete an approved blended general/special education mild/moderate program for elementary grade levels 1-5 are eligible for certification in the areas of mild/moderate and elementary grades 1-5. The program focus is on the areas of Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics.

1.General Education―54 semester hours. Requirements provide the prospective elementary grades 1-5 teacher with basic essential knowledge and skills.

English

12 semester hours

Mathematics

12 semester hours

Sciences

15 semester hours

Social studies

12 semester hours

Arts

3 semester hours

2.Focus Area, Special Education―21 semester hours.

Special Education Focus Area

Special Education Content3

21semester hours

3.Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment, with Emphasis on the Elementary School Student―15 semester hours.
a.Requirements provide the prospective elementary grades 1-5 teacher with a fundamental understanding of the learner and the teaching and learning process. Coursework should address the needs of the regular and the exceptional child:
i.child/adolescent development or psychology;
ii.educational psychology;
iii.the learner with special needs;
iv.classroom organization and management;
v.multicultural education.
4.Methodology and Teaching―33 semester hours
a.Requirements provide the prospective elementary grades 1-5 teacher with fundamental pedagogical skills.

Reading and Literacy Content/Methodology

12 semester hours

Teaching Methodology and Strategies (science and social studies must be addressed)

6 semester hours

Math Content/Methodology

6 semester hours

Student teaching4

9 semester hours

Flexible hours for the university's use

3 semester hours

Total required hours in the program5

126 semester hours

1NOTE: Linda P. Blanton, Marleen Pugach, "Collaborative Programs in General and Special Teacher Education: An Action Guide for Higher Education and State Policymakers," pp. 11-24

2NOTE: Students who do not possess basic technology skills should provide coursework or opportunities to develop those skill early in their program.

3NOTE: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) performance-based standards for accreditation and licensure must be met.

4NOTE: (50 percent of the student teaching must include working with and actual teaching of students with disabilities)

5NOTE: In addition to the student teaching experience, students should be provided actual teaching experiences (in addition to observations) in classroom settings during the sophomore, junior, and senior years within schools with varied socioeconomic and cultural characteristics. It is recommended that pre-service teachers be provided a minimum of 180 hours of direct teaching experience in field-based settings prior to student teaching.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6 (A)(10), (11), (15); R.S. 17:7(6); R.S. 17:10; R.S. 17:22(6); R.S. 17:391.1-391.10; R.S. 17:411.

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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