Ruston, Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University

Undergraduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Louisiana Tech University Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
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Program Diversity
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Courses reviewed: EDCI 417, EDCI 423, EDCI 424, EDCI 431, and EDCI 420

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program does not fully meet the standard because its coursework covers four of the five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies
but does not address:
  • Fluency

Elementary Mathematics
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Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: MATH 203, MATH 204, EDCI 421, and EDCI 422

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to provide teacher candidates with good coverage of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability. The program was also found to require at least three SCHs of coursework focused on the methods of mathematics instruction.

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Building Knowledge
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Because they teach all subjects, elementary teacher candidates need to have a solid grasp of literature and composition, American and world history, geography and science. Teacher candidates should also develop some expertise outside of their professional studies, not only to enrich their own academic experience, but also to serve as a fallback major in the event that the student teaching experience is unsuccessful.

Requirements established by the program and/or the institution in which it is located ensure that all elementary certification candidates must take relevant classes in the checked topics below.

Literature & Composition
 ✔ World literature
 ✗ American literature
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers major authors and themes in American literature from roughly the colonial period to the modern era.
 ✔ Writing, grammar and composition
 ✗ Children's literature
History & Geography
 ✗ Early American history
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that focuses on U.S. history from the age of discovery or colonial period or founding of the republic to the Civil War or Reconstruction.
 ✔ Modern American history or Government
 ✗ World history—ancient
 ✗ World history—modern
 ✔ Geography
 ✔ Biology
 ✗ Chemistry
 ✗ Physics
Consider revising required coursework in Physics so that it falls into one of these broad categories.

Physics: an introductory course covering motion, energy, conservation laws, gravity, phase changes, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and wave dynamics.

Physical Science: an introduction to physical science which features physics prominently.

Earth Science: an introductory course that covers one or more of geology, climatology, astronomy, and oceanography.
 ✔ Earth science

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