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HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 32:1787 (October 2006), amended LR 33:433 (March 2007), LR 34:2034 (October 2008).

§221.Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program: An Integrated to Merged Approach1 for Grades 4-82: Adopted October 2004; Effective July 1, 2010.

A.Students who complete an approved blended general/special education mild/moderate program for middle grades 4-8 are eligible for certification in the areas of mild/moderate and the selected middle grades 4-8 content area. The program focus is on special education and one middle school content area.

1.General Education―54 semester hours. Requirements provide the prospective middle grades 4-8 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 and One Middle School Content Focus Area―42 semester hours (combined general education and focus area content semester hours should equal 19).

Middle School Content Area (English, mathematics, science, or social studies)

NOTE: General Education coursework may be used to create the 21 semester hours.

21 semester hours

Special Education Content3

21 semester hours

3.Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment, with the Emphasis on the Middle School Student15 semester hours.
a.Requirements provide the prospective middle grades 4-8 teacher with a fundamental understanding of the learner and the teaching/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 Teaching21 semester hours. These requirements provide the prospective middle grades 4-8 teacher with fundamental pedagogical skills.

Reading and Literacy Content/Methodology

6 semester hours

Teaching Methodology and Strategies

6 semester hours

Student teaching4

9 semester hours

Flexible hours for the university's use

3-6 semester hours

Total required hours in the program

123 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.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 32:1788 (October 2006), amended LR 33:433 (March 2007), LR 34:2035 (October 2008).

§223.Minimum Requirements for Approved General/Special Education Mild-Moderate Undergraduate Program: An Integrated to Merged Approach1 for Grades 6-122: Adopted October 2004; Effective July 1, 2010.

A.Students who complete an approved blended general/special education mild/moderate program for secondary grade levels 6-12 are eligible for certification in the areas of mild/moderate and in the selected secondary grades 6-12 content area. The program focus is on special education and one high school content area.

1.General Education―30 semester hours. These requirements provide the prospective secondary grades 6-12 teacher with basic essential knowledge and skills.

English

6 semester hours

Mathematics

6 semester hours

Sciences

9 semester hours

Social studies

6 semester hours

Arts

3 semester hours

2.Focus Area, Special Education and One High School Content Focus Area―51 semester hours (combined general education and focus area content semester hours should equal 31).

Secondary School Content Area

NOTE: General Education coursework may be used to create the 30 semester hours.

30 semester hours

Special Education Focus Area

21 semester hours

3.Knowledge of the Learner and the Learning Environment15 semester hour.
a.These requirements provide the prospective secondary grades 6-12 teacher with a fundamental understanding of the learner and the teaching/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―21 semester hours. These requirements provide the prospective secondary grades 6-12 teacher with fundamental pedagogical skills.

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

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