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Office of Graduate Education Programs

Office of Graduate Education Programs

Director: Dr. Jan Broussard-Robichaux

The Burton College of Education with the Dore' School of Graduate Studies offers several programs for initial teacher certification and for 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, teaching, technology, counseling, and leadership in regular and special education settings.


General Information

The Graduate Education Programs (GEP) are specific to the Burton College fo Education, following the rules and guidelines of the Dore' School of Graduate Studies. Each master's program and graduate certificate has specific requirements that are used to determine a candidate's eligibility for admission into a program.The following link provides a concise guide of GEP programs and admission requirements for your convenience:  Graduate Education Programs and Admission Requirements If the program requires scores for admission, then the scores must be received before prospective candidates are admitted; conditional admittance without scores is not available. Scores must be reported directly to McNeese State University from the testing center. Candidate copies are not acceptable for admission. 


Admissions 

The Dore' School of Graduate Studies has adminsitrative oversight over all of the graduate programs at McNeese State University. However, the day-to-day responsibilities regarding advising, curriculum, scheduling, etc. are coordinated within each academic department relevant to each program.

Familiarize yourself with the Dore' Graduate School admissions, regulations, and policies by visiting the Graduate School Regulations site in the current McNeese State University Catalog. This site contains important information regarding academic standing, course loads, student responsibilties, and graduate assistantship availabilities.

Apply for admission to the program of your choice on the McNeese State University Office of Admissions and Recruiting page. For additional assistance with admission, please contact:

A picture of Geneva Breaux

Ms. Geneva Breaux

Graduate Admissions' Counselor
Office of Admissions and Recruiting
337.475.5396
gbreaux@mcneese.edu 



Privilege to Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on all undergraduate work attempted and lack no more than 30 semester hours to complete baccaulaureate degree requirements may be allowed to register for graduate credit. In additional to an early start on graduate study, students who take advantage of this privilege are assessed undergraduate tuition for graduate credit. This arrangement is to be considered a special privilege to outstanding graduating seniors and does not imply admission to the Dore' School of Graduate Studies. The Privilege to Graduating Seniors page contains information on approval procedures and requirements while taking advantage of the privilege.


Appeals

Suspended candidates or candidates whose admission status is otherwise inactive may appeal to the Graduate Education Programs' Advisory Council to be readmitted or to have their admission status reactivated. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Graduate Education Programs. Please follow the procedures and requirements for submitting an appeal.

Commencement

Candidates who intend to complete requirements for a degree or certificate at the end of the current semester should file an Application for Degree or an Application for Certificate for each degree/certificate he/she is to receive with his/her academic department during the first week of classes. An application may be used only for the current graduation ceremony for which a candidate is applying to graduate. If a candidate does not graduate during the enrollment period for which applied, a new application must be submitted. Please visit the McNeese State University Commencement page to access the Application for Degree, information pertaining to GradFest, commencement, and other important information.


Degree Programs and Graduate Certificates

Specific information related to each of the graduate degrees and certificates coordinated through the Office of Graduate Education Programs can be found by following the links provided. 
Graduate Degree Programs for Individuals Seeking Initial Teacher Certification
The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education program is an alternative certification graduate program that leads to initial Louisiana teacher certification for grades 1 through 5.
The Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education program is an alternative certification graduate program that leads to initial Louisiana teacher certification for grades 6 through 12.


Graduate Degree Programs for Individuals Seeking to Obtain a Master of Education 
The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction prepares practicing educators to serve as master or lead teachers, instructional specialists, and curriculum coordinators. Candidates may select one of seven concentration areas to study: academically gifted education, early childhood education, elementary education, immersion education, reading, secondary education, or special education.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares practicing educators to serve as school leaders and district-level leaders. The program satisfies the course requirements for educational leadership endorsement by the Louisiana Department of Education. 
The Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership is intended for certified educators who wish to serve as eductors in innovative, technology rich classrooms or technology leaders at school or district levels. Candidates who complete the program are eligible for the educational technology leadership endorsement by the Louisiana Department of Education. The program is recognized by ISTE, an international accreditation recognition organization.

The Master of Education in School Counseling prepares individuals who wish to serve as school counselors in P-12 settings. Individuals holding teaching certificates and individuals without teaching certification, but with baccalaureate work in psychology or closely related fields are eligible for program admission. The School Counseling program curriculum satisfies school counselor endorsement course requirements by the Louisiana Deaprtment of Education for individuals from either background.

Degree Program for Individuals Seeking a Post-Master's Degree

The Educational Specialist is available to those candidates who already possess a Master of Education and wish to continue their schooling. 

Degree Program for Individuals Seeking Non-Teaching Studies
Graduate-Only Certificate Programs for Individuals Seeking Add-On Endorsements
Note: These programs meet the prescribed coursework requirements for add-on endorsements by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE); however, the LDOE may have additional requirements for add-on endorsements that are not relevant to these curricula.

Effective with the 2013-2014 Catalog, to begin summer 2013, new graduate certificates will be added in (1) academically gifted education and (2) immersion education.

Contact Information

Dr. Jan Broussard-Robichaux
Director of Graduate Education Programs
P.O. Box 91815
Lake Charles, LA 70609
337.475.5423 (v)
337.475.5402 (f)
jbroussard@mcneese.edu