Holmes Elementary - MAT

The Elementary Holmes Program is a one year master’s program that complements candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. In the second semester of one’s senior year a series of Holmes pre-requisite courses are taken once admitted into the Holmes Program. The graduate year is designed to give candidates thoughtful experiences with practice and theory with a focus on preparing candidates to be 21st century educators.  Once candidates have successfully completed the graduate portion program they are awarded a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and teacher certification in grades 1-5. In addition, the coursework completed for the Holmes Program may lead toward additional certifications. 

 

What is the difference between the four year and the Elementary Holmes Program?

Once accepted into the program Elementary Holmes candidates complete a pedagogical and content concentration as undergraduates in lieu of student teaching. The undergraduate Holmes concentration is designed to enhance the pedagogical resources and content knowledge of prospective teachers prior to the graduate year of the program. The concentration is intended to assure that each Elementary Holmes candidate has the subject matter expertise and pedagogical approaches that will aid in the crafting of curriculum.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, candidates enter the Elementary Holmes Program for a graduate year of study (summer, fall, and spring). During the graduate year, candidates complete extensive master’s-level coursework, an intense year-long candidate teaching internship, and a teacher action research project, which is presented at the Holmes conference in the spring of the graduate year and submitted for possible publishing to appropriate peer reviewed journals. Candidates, upon successful completion of the program, will leave Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and teacher certification in grades 1-5. In addition, the coursework completed for the Holmes Program may lead toward additional certifications.

During the Holmes Program, students will take graduate level courses with a reading focus which may assist them in adding on additional reading certifications after the completion of three years of teaching experience (add on certification requirements are set by the Louisiana State Department of Education and are subject to change at any time).

The intensive program is designed to help future teachers become reflexive 21st century practitioners capable of assuming leadership positions in diverse elementary level schools. Elementary Holmes graduates are often viewed as more experienced beginning teachers due to their extensive content and pedagogical knowledge and field experiences during the graduate year.

What are the undergraduate course requirements for the Elementary Holmes concentration and when are they taken?

The undergraduate Holmes concentration is designed to enhance the pedagogical resources and content knowledge of prospective teachers prior to the graduate year for those accepted into the graduate program. The concentration is intended to assure that each Elementary Holmes candidate has the subject matter expertise and pedagogical approaches that will aid in the crafting of authentic curriculum.

Candidates will begin to apply for admission into the Elementary Holmes Program during the spring of the junior year and admission decisions will be finalized in the fall of the senior year. Once admitted into the Holmes Program candidates will register for the required Holmes concentration courses which are taken in the spring of the senior year.

The undergraduate concentration will consist of the following courses:

Credit Hours

Course

Comments

3

EDCI 2271: Art Education for Elementary Schools  

3

Math/Natural Science Course Candidates will select a course from a pre-approved set of course offerings

3

Social Science Course Candidates will select a course from a pre-approved set of course offerings

3

EDCI 4710: Consultation, Collaboration, and Co-teaching  

3

EDCI 7131: Developing Learning Skills Through Content Reading Taken for graduate credit; applies toward MAT

 

When do I apply for the Elementary Holmes Program?

The new program approach is designed to allow candidates to complete the traditional sequence of coursework required for the four year bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education until the spring of the senior year. Candidates wishing to enter the Elementary Holmes Program will now begin to apply during the spring of the junior year and admission decisions will be finalized during the fall of the senior year.

Candidates applying for admission into the Elementary Holmes Program should follow the timeline below in regards to the application process. Please contact Bridget Robicheaux, brobic@lsu.edu, with any questions regarding the application process and timeline.

Freshman Year

  • Follow the undergraduate Elementary Education Recommended Path regarding needed course and critical requirements (http://appl010.lsu.edu/stu%5CRecmndPath.nsf/RecmndPathOpen?OpenForm)
  • Meet with Bridget Robicheaux in the Office of Student Services, 236 Peabody Hall to discuss the structure of the Elementary Holmes Program
  • Attend an Elementary Holmes Informational Meeting during the fall semester (all Elementary Education candidates will be notified via email of the meeting date)

 

Sophomore Year

  • Follow the undergraduate Elementary Education Recommended Path regarding needed course and critical requirements (http://appl010.lsu.edu/stu%5CRecmndPath.nsf/RecmndPathOpen?OpenForm)
  • Meet with Bridget Robicheaux in the Office of Student Services, 236 Peabody Hall to discuss the structure of the Elementary Holmes Program
  • Attend an Elementary Holmes Informational Meeting during the fall semester (all Elementary Education candidates will be notified via email of the meeting date
  • Pass all PRAXIS I (Reading, Writing, and Math) tests or meet the PRAXIS I Waiver (ACT/SAT score of 22/1030 or higher on file with LSU)

Junior 

Year

  • Follow the undergraduate Elementary Education Recommended Path regarding needed course and critical requirements (http://appl010.lsu.edu/stu%5CRecmndPath.nsf/RecmndPathOpen?OpenForm)
  • Meet with Bridget Robicheaux in the Office of Student Services, 236 Peabody Hall to discuss the structure of the Elementary Holmes Program
  • Attend an Elementary Holmes Application Meeting (February*)
  • Take the GRE (www.ets.org/gre) in the spring of the junior year. The GRE can be taken once every 60 days. Applicants to the Holmes Program will be required to submit GRE scores by the first day of the fall semester of the senior year
  • Meet the Elementary Holmes admission gpa of at least a 3.0

Senior 

Year

  • Obtain an Elementary Holmes Application Packet from the Office of Student Services in August*. These will be sent via email to interested candidates.
  • Submit all application materials by the first week school during the fall of the senior year
  • Take required PRAXIS II tests
  • Candidates admitted into the Holmes Program will complete the Holmes concentration courses in the spring of the senior year rather than student teaching like their four year program peers

 

*Dates are subject to change

What are the admission requirements for the Elementary Holmes Program?

Candidates applying for the Elementary Holmes Program should meet the following requirements:

  • 3.00 undergraduate gpa
  • “C” or better in all required courses for the degree in Elementary Education
  • Passing PRAXIS I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics)  scores or ACT/SAT score of 22/1030 or higher on file with LSU
  • Passing PRAXIS II scores
    • Elementary Education Content Knowledge (#0014/5014)
    • Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (#0622/5622)
  • Acceptable GRE  scores
    • Candidates should have at least a 153 on the verbal portion of the GRE and at least a 144 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
    • It is further recommended by the Holmes faculty, that candidates have a 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing portion of the GRE.
  • Admission to the LSU Graduate School

*Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Elementary Holmes Program

* Admission into the LSU Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the Elementary Holmes Program.

What will the Elementary Holmes application process require?

Candidates planning to apply to the Holmes Program must attend an Elementary Holmes Application meeting in the spring of their junior year to learn the specifics of the application process.  During the application process candidates will have to present passing scores on all required tests (PRAXIS I or meet PRAXIS I Waiver, PRAXIS II, and GRE), complete the online LSU Graduate School application, an on-site writing prompt, and attend an interview with the Holmes admission committee.

What can I expect during the graduate year of the Elementary Holmes Program?

The Elementary Holmes Program is three semesters long (summer, fall, and spring) and consists of the completion of graduate level coursework, a school year long student teaching internship, and a teacher action research project that is presented at the Holmes conference in the spring of the graduate year and submitted to peer reviewed journals for possible publication.

In addition to the graduate course taken in the spring of the senior year, candidates will take the following courses during the graduate year of the Elementary Holmes Program:

Summer Semester

9 hours

  • EDCI 7482: Master’s Seminar I                                    3 credit hours
  • EDCI 7483: Master’s Seminar II                                   3 credit hours
  • EDCI 7105: Teaching Reading in the                           3 credit hours                                                              Elementary Schools

Fall Semester

12 hours

  • EDCI 7480: Teaching Practicum I                                6 credit hours
  • EDCI 7682: Reading Practicum I                                 3 credit hours
  • EDCI 7484: Master’s Project I                                      3 credit hours

Spring Semester

12 hours

  • EDCI 7481: Teaching Practicum II                               6 credit hours
  • EDCI 7683: Reading Practicum II                                3 credit hours
  • EDCI 7485: Master’s Project II                                     3 credit hours

 

Who can I contact for more information on the Holmes Program?

Candidates interested in the Elementary Holmes Program can contact Bridget Robicheaux, Office of Student Services counselor regarding the program.

Bridget Robicheaux, Counselor

College of Human Sciences & Education

Office of Student Services

236 Peabody Hall

brobic@lsu.edu

225/578-2331

To schedule an advising appointment, please visit the Office of Student Services website at http://chse.lsu.edu/student_services/index.shtml.