by David West
Two programs in the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development at Northwestern State University’s have been ranked among the most affordable in the nation by the website collegechoice.net.
The master’s in secondary education and bachelor’s in child and family studies were ranked as the seventh most affordable. The master’s in secondary education was also ranked as the ninth best overall.
“The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development is pleased to have collegechoice.net recognize the value and excellence in our teacher certification programs,” said Dr. Kimberly Walker McAlister, dean of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development. “Multiple secondary content areas are identified as critical shortage needs and NSU’s online offerings are helping to meet this need. Louisiana Department of Education evidence supports that our new teachers are successful in helping students learn and grow.
“The degree in Child and Family Studies opens many avenues for graduates in early learning centers, educational or non profit agencies. This recently redesigned program prepares graduates to interact with children, their parents and community stakeholders.”
Both programs are offered through the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling, the secondary education program is ideal for those who wish to earn their initial Louisiana teacher certification in secondary content area. Options include biology, business mathematics and special education and will credential completers to teach in grades K-12.
The master’s in secondary education requires 33 hours of graduate coursework, including a one-year teaching internship.
The bachelor’s in child and family studies requires the completion of courses in nutrition, parenting, educational psychology and early childhood education. Students must complete a minimum of 90 hours of observation in a licensed child care center or elementary school during their junior year and 180 hours of on the job training during their senior year.
Each college or university in the rankings is an accredited public or private institutions. The rankings are based on an institution’s quality, reputation, affordability, value and student satisfaction.
The website used sources including the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. News and World Report’s reputation score and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Information on the programs are available at tlc.nsula.edu.