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College of Education shapes the future

Whether preparing the youth of today for the challenges of tomorrow or promoting health and wellness for generations to come, the LSU College of Education is shaping the future.


College of Education students have the opportunity to work hands-on with students through multiple programs, including student teaching. Eddy Perez/University Relations

The College of Education prepares more teacher education graduates than any other institution in the state. With the rich mix of cultural and societal factors present in Louisiana, it offers one of the best learning labs in the country, promoting the perfect balance between theory and practice.

LSU’s teacher education programs reflect a commitment to high standards in the areas of teaching, research and service. Master’s and doctoral programs prepare education professionals, including administrative leaders, counselors and special educators from PK-3 to higher education.

The LSU College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice prepares teachers, counselors, administrators and scholars to work in every facet of education. Multi-disciplinary programs that bridge theory and experience give students a solid understanding of engaged learning and build the practical skills needed in the classroom and in administration. A diverse faculty brings leading-edge research into the classroom to help students understand the challenges and needs facing PK-12 students, school leaders, counselors and other education administrators. Public, private and parochial schools nationwide actively recruit LSU College of Education graduates, consistently praising them as knowledgeable, skilled and highly prepared for teaching diverse populations.

Likewise, the nationally respected faculty makes the LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology one of the leading programs in the entire country. The Department of Kinesiology focuses on human movement and its application to physical activity and quality of life for people of all ages and levels of health. Faculty members are dedicated to a broad understanding of both sport administration and health and exercise in schools, community fitness centers, hospitals, rehabilitation units, business and industry and a variety of sport settings.


The College of Education's faculty help prepare some of the state's top education professionals, including teachers, administrators, counselors and special educators.
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The department has three divisions: exercise sciences, movement sciences, and pedagogical and sport sciences. Kinesiology and sport administration graduates consistently obtain employment in schools, health and fitness programs, sports teams and similar agencies. Many continue their education in professional and graduate schools as they pursue careers in the medical and allied health professions.

The close association with a nationally renowned university athletic department provides students with a unique opportunity for professional preparation in the fields of athletic training and sport administration. Department of Kinesiology students participate in a practicum and often internships where they gain valuable practical experience. Students earn prestigious internships across the U.S., and in the past year, 100 percent of the athletic training program’s graduating seniors passed the Athletic Training Board of Certification examination on the first attempt, well exceeding the national average of 80 percent.

The college’s student population includes more than 1,300 K-12 students attending the University Laboratory School. The school was established by the College of Education and has operated under its auspices for nearly 100 years. This coeducational school is recognized by the state as an independent K-12 system to provide training opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers and to serve as a demonstration and educational research center. Located on the LSU campus, the University Laboratory School prides itself on the rigorous academic environment that facilitates student achievement, and is recognized by the state as a school of Academic Distinction.

The Lab School is proud to have the first International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the state of Louisiana. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is a model that stresses creativity, inquiry, service and internationalism. It is one of the most challenging college-preparatory curricula in the world, taught in 3,291 schools in 141 countries. Lab School juniors and seniors may choose the Diploma Program or individual International Baccalaureate courses along with other college-preparatory classes. Eighty percent of Lab School students take at least one International Baccalaureate course.

For more than 100 years, the LSU College of Education has been dedicated to providing the essential tools necessary to create healthy and stimulating learning, health and wellness environments that allow citizens to improve their quality of life and contribute to the local community, the nation and the world. Innovative programs and cutting-edge technology equip students with the latest theory, tools and skills. A degree from the LSU College of Education opens doors to a world of options.

For more information on degree programs within the College of Education, visit coe.ednet.lsu.edu/coe/ETPP/etppgraduatedegreescontact.html, or contact the College of Education’s Office of Student Services at 225-578-2331 or edinfo@lsu.edu.