Jan 28, 2022  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023

Graduate Programs: College of Education

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Donald N. Schillinger

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dawn Basinger

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership
Dustin Hebert, Chairman

Department of Kinesiology
David Szymanski, Chairman

Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Donna Thomas, Chairman

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
Eddie Bell, Director

A.E. Phillips Laboratory School
Jenny T. Blalock, Director

Science and Technology Education Center
Lindsey Keith-Vincent, Director


More information about the College of Education can be obtained by writing to

Louisiana Tech University
College of Education
P.O. Box 3163
Ruston, Louisiana 71272
(318) 257-3712

and by visiting https://education.latech.edu/

Graduate Degrees Offered

Master of Arts

Master of Arts Counseling and Guidance

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Education

Master of Science

Doctor of Education

  • Education Leadership (with concentrations in P-12 Educational Leadership or Higher Education Administration)

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Certificates Offered


The mission of the College of Education is to:

  • Provide high quality educational programs and experiences;
  • Enhance and extend the knowledge bases of developing professionals through research and other scholarly activities;
  • Extend the boundaries of knowledge through vigorous research and dissemination;
  • Collaborate within the university and with the broader community; and
  • Provide professional services to the community.


The mission is fostered through the following goals of the College of Education:

  • To recruit, admit, and graduate quality candidates and students who exemplify the capacity and commitment to become effective public educators, school counselors, psychologists, and health promotion specialists in diverse settings throughout Louisiana and elsewhere;
  • To provide education and human sciences students with quality programs of study and diverse practical experiences that prepare them to be wholly proficient in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of their chosen areas of concentration and which are linked to competencies identified by recognized professional organizations;
  • To support continuous personal and professional development opportunities for all candidates, students, and instructors;
  • To recruit and retain a diverse student body;
  • To recruit and retain diverse faculty who demonstrate high levels of competencies in the College’s programs of study and who are committed to the College’s vision, mission, philosophical approaches, and professional model;
  • To continue to collaborate closely with personnel in the other colleges at Louisiana Tech University as well as at other university campuses, state agencies, professional organizations, school and health systems, and the community-at-large who are involved in the preparation of teacher candidates and other program students;
  • To refine curricula and instructional procedures continually ensuring that research, theory, and professional practice optimally inform all programs;
  • To enable faculty and program graduates to serve as positive change agents through the implementation of innovative ideas, strategies, research, and technology;
  • To generate original, quality research by faculty, candidates, and students consistent with the College programs and goals;
  • To maintain a physical and psychological environment that is conducive to optimal student and faculty growth and development;
  • To maintain positive interaction with alumni, corporate sector, public institutions, and other valued members of the College’s external community.


The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All teacher certification programs are approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The school counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the doctoral program in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Master’s Degree Programs

Admission Requirements: General

In addition to the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, a student seeking a Master of Education degree in any of the teaching areas must hold a teaching certificate for the area. Students desiring to enter a master’s program in the College of Education should submit an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE General or GRE revised General) score before or at the time of application. For conditional admission, students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.25 on all hours pursued or 2.50 on the last 60 hours. For unconditional admission, students must have a GPA of 2.50 on all hours pursued or 2.75 on the last 60 hours.

Applicants desiring to enter a master’s program in the College of Education should submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE General or GRE revised General) scores before or at the time of application. For admission, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements established by the Graduate School and the following GRE Revised General requirements. Unconditional admission:  combined GRE Verbal and GRE Quantitative ≥ 287 and neither Q nor V score may be less than 142. Conditional admission:  combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative of 283, and neither the Verbal nor Quantitative score is less than 141.  GRE General Scores (attained prior to August 2011) will be converted to the equivalent GRE revised General Scores using the ETS concordance table.

Students entering the MAT degree program must have a minimum cumulative baccalaureate degree GPA of a 2.50 and present evidence of satisfactory completion of the Praxis Core, ACT, or SAT exam and the Praxis Subject Assessment for the program being pursued. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may be used in lieu of Praxis Core, ACT, or SAT.

Applicants who have not taken the GRE may be conditionally admitted to Graduate School if their grade point averages are satisfactory and provided acceptable GRE scores are submitted before the end of their first term.

Life Long Learning students who do not meet the College of Education’s GRE requirements for admission are eligible for admission to the Human Services concentration (only) of the Master of Arts Counseling and Guidance program, provided they attain a 3.25 GGPA in 12 graduate credit hours from required courses within the Human Services concentration and meet all other Graduate School and College of Education admission requirements.

Applicants to the Counseling and Guidance and Industrial/Organizational Psychology programs must submit acceptable GRE scores before they are admitted to those programs. A maximum of 12 semester hours earned at Louisiana Tech in a non-degree status and prior to program admission may be used to meet program requirements.

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