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University Catalog 2017-2018 
University Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Programs: College of Education


Donald N. Schillinger

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dawn Basinger

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Leadership
Bryan McCoy, (Interim) Chairman

Department of Kinesiology
David Szymanski, (Interim) Chairman

Department of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Donna Thomas, Chairman

Professional Development & Research Institute on Blindness
Eddie Bell, Director

A.E. Phillips Laboratory School
Joanne Hood, Director

Science & Technology Education Center
Lindsey Keith-Vincent, (Interim) 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 http://education.latech.edu/.

Graduate Degrees Offered

Master of Arts

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Master of Arts Counseling and Guidance

  • Counseling and Guidance (with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services, Orientation and Mobility, Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind, or School Counseling)

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Early Childhood Education Grades PK-3 
  • Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 1-5 
  • Elementary Education Grades 1-5 
  • Middle School Education Grades 4-8 (with concentrations in Mathematics Grades 4-8, or Science Grades 4-8) 
  • Secondary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 6-12 (with concentrations in English, General Science, Mathematics, or Social Studies) 
  • Secondary Education Grades 6-12 (with concentrations in Agriculture Education, Business Education, English Education, General Science/Biology Education, General Science/Chemistry Education, General Science/Physics Education, Mathematics Education, Social Studies Education) 
  • Special Education: Visually Impaired 

Master of Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction (Visually Impaired).
  • Educational Leadership 

Master of Science

  • Kinesiology (with concentrations in Administration of Sport and Physical Activity, or Sports Performance)

Doctor of Education

  • Education Leadership (with concentrations in Educational Leadership, or Higher Education Administration)

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Graduate Certificates Offered

  • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Orientation and Mobility
  • Graduate Certificate in Reading Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind 
  • Graduate Certificate in Special Education Mild/Moderate Elementary Education Grades 1-5 
  • Graduate Certificate in Special Education Mild/Moderate Secondary Education Grades 6-12 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader Education 
  • Graduate Certificate in The Dynamics of Domestic and Family Violence 
  • Graduate Certificate in Visual Impairments–Blind Education 


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 College of Education is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and of the American Association of Business Teachers. Degree programs in teacher education and related professions offered by the College of Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Clinical Mental Health and the School Counseling concentrations within the MA Counseling and Guidance program are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The PhD Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association APA). For further information, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(P) 202-336-5979; (TDD/TTY) 202-336-6123
(FAX) 202-336-5978;

Division of Graduate Studies

The Division of Graduate Studies is administered by the Director of Graduate Studies, Education Graduate Committee, Graduate Faculty, Department Heads, and the Dean of the College. The purpose of the Graduate Studies Division is to encourage excellence in teaching, research, and service by the College of Education faculty and to administer all graduate programs offered by the College of Education.

The Education Graduate Committee consists of the Director of Graduate Studies and three Graduate Faculty appointed by the Dean of the College from the departments of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership; Psychology and Behavioral Sciences; Kinesiology; and one graduate student. Actions of the Education Graduate Committee are subject to approval of the Dean of the College and, when appropriate, the Teacher Education Council, the University Graduate Council, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

The Director of Graduate Studies administers the graduate programs in accordance with approved procedures. The Education Graduate Committee, chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies, establishes and reviews admission/retention policies, acts on new program or course proposals, and reviews appeals for readmission.

A Review Committee, consisting of all graduate faculty, examines the credentials of graduate faculty applicants for evidence of continued scholarly productivity according to published criteria. Recommendations for membership on the graduate faculty are then made to the Dean of the College of Education and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Graduate students in the College of Education, along with graduate students in the other academic colleges, are eligible to compete for University Graduate Assistantship positions. Inquiries concerning these assistantships should be directed to the College Office of Graduate Studies.

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 GRE Quantitative ≥ 286 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 UGPA of a 2.50 and present evidence of satisfactory completion of the PRAXIS “I” Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Specialty Content Exams. MAT applicants must present original score sheets of certifying scores on PRAXIS “I” and the content specialty exam for program admission. Certifying scores on the PRAXIS PLT must be documented prior to enrollment in student teaching or internship. An ACT composite score of 22 or greater or an SAT score of 1030 or greater for the verbal and math components combined is acceptable as a substitute for satisfactory PRAXIS I completion.

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.


    Master’s Degree Programs