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Burton College of Education

Burton College of Education

The Burton College of Education offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The type of degree earned by the student depends upon choice of program in professional education.
Our Master of Education programs relevant to add-on Louisiana teacher certification endorsements satisfy the coursework requirements for those respective endorsements; some endorsements require certification exams in addition to coursework that are not required by the degree programs.

Please note, a valid teaching certificate is required for each program leading to the Master of Education. Individuals having earned a teaching certificate outside the United States are required to have their credentials evaluated through AACRAO prior to acceptance into any degree program that requires a valid teaching certificate.

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Teacher Education Preparation (Initial Teacher Certification Programs)

Admission to and progression through a Teacher Education Program is regulated by a series of Portals. Each Portal has specific prerequisites and privileges, and those are unique to initial and advanced programs. Portals I-IV correlate to initial programs, and Portals V-VII correlate to advanced programs.

Alternate Path to Teacher Certification

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree can become certified to teach by completing alternate pathways to certification through the Master of Arts in Teaching or non-degree options. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services.

Ann Rosteet Hurley Center for Economic Education

Tracy Scott-McLemore, Director

The Center seeks to encourage, promote, and provide a comprehensive program for increasing economic understanding at McNeese State University, in public and private schools throughout Southwest Louisiana, in the business community, and in all other interested sectors of the service area. Working with the Burton College of Education, the Center emphasizes the teaching of basic economic principles in the classroom by providing pre- and in- service training of teachers in courses, workshops, and seminars.

Office of Graduate Education Programs

Brett Welch, Director

The Burton College of Education offers several programs of advanced study in education through the Department of Education Professions. These programs are coordinated through the Office of Graduate Education Programs. Through relevant and rigorous curricula and field experiences, each program prepares candidates for professional roles in P-12 education. Each program's scope is pragmatic and specialized, blending theoretical content with practical application in curriculum, instruction, technology, counseling, and leadership in regular and special education settings.

McNeese Reading Clinic

The McNeese Reading Clinic (held during the summer session) accepts a limited number of school children who need assistance in increasing their reading proficiency. Persons desiring the services of the clinic for instruction should contact the reading coordinator within the Department of Education Professions for an appointment or for further information. The bases for selection are the results of testing and conferences with parents and school personnel conducted during the spring semester. The schedule of fees is furnished upon request.

McNeese Summer Enrichment Program

The Summer Enrichment Program, held in June and July, operates on the belief that children learn best in a healthy, secure, stimulating environment which recognizes and meets the individual needs of each child through interaction with other children, technology, the community, parents, teachers, and support personnel. Children entering kindergarten or first grade are instructed through the use of developmentally appropriate materials, which lead to creative play and higher order thinking. This program believes that cooperative learning leads to a better socialization with peers and a happier child. Academic remediation or enrichment is an integral part of the program. Registration and additional information can be obtained from the Department of Education Professions.

Aerospace Camp

Students in grades four - seven learn fundamentals of aviation and space flight, and discover how the space program impacts our daily lives. Hands-on activities are provided in a week-long camp. Registration and additional information can be obtained from the Department of Education Professions.

Teaching & Learning Conference

Each summer, the College hosts the Teaching & Learning Conference, a professional development opportunity for educators focusing on best practices and emerging trends and issues in literacy, numeracy, and technology.