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Education Grades K-12

Education Grades K-12

Program Highlights

Education Grades K-12 Concentration Highlights

Pursue a degree in your desired field while earning initial teacher certification with an education concentration at McNeese. Following all current Louisiana state-mandated standards and requirements, McNeese’s education concentrations offer instruction in both the foundational knowledge and educational practices necessary to be a successful teacher, including curriculum planning, instruction pedagogy, technology implementation and classroom engagement and management.

Health and Physical Education Grades K-12
From a foundation of scientific knowledge relating to human movement and the psychological processes of learning skills and developing lifestyle behaviors, our program emphasizes the development of professional skills that lead to the promotion of healthful and physically active lifestyles in youth.
During their senior year, students participate in a two-semester student-teaching residency in an area school with a grade K-12 classroom. The degree leads to initial teacher certification.

Our program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Providers and approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Courses Include
• Motor Learning
• Adolescent Psychology
• Methods in Health Education for Elementary and Secondary Schools
• Physical Education Methods and Strategies
• Tests and Measurements in Physical Education

For the past two years, McNeese grads have received the highest performance scores on COMPASS, a statewide teacher evaluation system, during their first two years of teaching.

During their senior year, students will be paired with a mentor teacher to observe and teach in a grade K-12 classroom setting. At least 60 percent of the instructional week is spent in residency during the fall semester and 100 percent during the spring semester.

The residency includes opportunities for students to synthesize content learned in past coursework such as designing, implementing and assessing instruction; collaborating with colleagues and families; and student motivation and engagement.

Upon completion of the program, students receive certification from the Louisiana Department of Education.

Job placement is immediate for certified graduates since there is a large shortage of certified teachers in the state of Louisiana.

Career Outlook for High School Teachers

Employment of high school teachers is expected to grow 8 percent through 2026—about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.

According to, the salary range for a public secondary school teacher is $50,870–$67,270.
Related Careers
• Physical education teacher
• Athletics trainer
• Camp director
• Referee
• Coach

A high-value degree, an in-demand field

Recognized throughout the region as a leader in high-quality instruction, McNeese also offers one of the most affordable tuition rates in the Louisiana. With a concentration in education in your chosen field and initial teacher certification upon graduation, you’ll leave McNeese ready to step into one of the many jobs available in the in-demand field of teaching.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Degree Program: Education Grades K-12

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)


Program overview

Explore More for Education Majors

To prepare you for teaching in a classroom or instructional setting, you will have access to these features of the education degree program at McNeese.

Financial aid and scholarships:

The Burton College of Education offers a number of scholarships specifically for students pursuing concentrations in education. Your chosen discipline may also offer additional program scholarships. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out more.

Applied learning:

Experience teaching for an entire year in a student-teaching residency, which allows you to survey the full range of classroom operations. Other opportunities for hands-on learning include field experiences dedicated to different classroom topics, as well as the opportunity to take part in student-staff roles in schools throughout the region.

Excellence with a Personal Touch

No matter which discipline you pursue, as an education major at McNeese, you’ll enjoy small classes led by experienced, highly-qualified faculty and instructors who will equip you with the skills you need to succeed. You’ll also be assigned a designated program advisor who will help guide you through your discipline’s specific program requirements.

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Education Grades K-12 Concentrations Offered at McNeese

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Ceramics Education Curriculum
Drawing Education

Teach students to explore representational and innovative imagery with an education concentration in art - drawing.

Drawing Education Curriculum
Graphic Design

With a concentration in art - graphic design education, learn how to bring your passion for communicating ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers through visual elements, typography and graphics to the classroom.

Graphic Design Education

Develop your understanding of design, color, composition and the conceptual aspects of painting with a concentration in painting.

Painting Education Curriculum

Through the photography concentration, you'll learn the tools, techniques, processes and technologies in digital, traditional silver darkroom and alternative process photography.

Photography Education Curriculum

A concentration in printmaking will build your knowledge and skills in the traditional and alternative print processes of monotype, relief, silkscreen, intaglio and lithography.

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Dr. Deborah King, Department Head