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Program Title: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Academically Gifted
Institution: Louisiana State University, Shreveport (Louisiana)
Program Transitional Page
Program Description: Learn in convenient, yet dynamic virtual environment. Designed to meet the needs of practiving teachers. These courses can be pursued as a focus of the MEDCI: Academically Gifted or as an add-on certification to an existing Master's degree.
States Authorized: NC-SARA Approved Institution & is a member of SREB’s SECRRA reciprocity agreement with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
Program Information: This program's delivery mode is: Blended
   Course blends online and face-to-face delivery and a substantial portion of the content is delivered online and has a reduced number of face-to-face meetings.
This program is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium member program.
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Institution Information

Institution Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Accreditation: LSUS is accredited by SACS and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Program Details

Program Level: Graduate
Degree Type: Masters in Education
For Credit: This program is offered for academic credit.
Program Enrollment Capacity: 500
Application Deadline: Open Application Deadline
Subject: Education

Methods of Instruction

  This program is delivered primarily through Internet
  Students and Instructors use the following to communicate: Online, email, chat, discussion forum, text, and skype.

Program Requirements

On-Campus Requirements: May require practicum and internship.
Technical Requirements: Compatible browsers Mozilla Firefox Chrome Safari Other Browser Requirements Adobe Flash Javascript Enabled An Internet connection is necessary to participate in discussions and assignments, access readings, transfer course work, and receive feedback from your instructional associate and/or professor. For web-based courses, students should have a basic working knowledge of computers and Internet use as well as access to a computer with a broadband (DSL, cable, satellite) Internet connection. Other requirements for each course are listed in the university catalog. At a minimum, you must have Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2007 or OpenOffice. Microsoft Office is the standard office productivity software utilized by faculty, students, and staff. Microsoft Word is the standard word processing software, Microsoft Excel is the standard spreadsheet software, and Microsoft PowerPoint is the standard presentation software. Copying and pasting, along with attaching/uploading documents for assignment submission, will also be required. myLSUS – Student Portal myLSUS How To The link below provides information on how to accomplish various tasks through myLSUS. LMS - Moodle Student Email - Outlook Online
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Student Support and Resources: LSUS is committed to your success and offers these services to assist you in learning about yourself as a learner and in developing strategies that work for you. Whether you are needing to learn some new strategies for success, seeking individualized assistance from one of our Academic Coaches, wanting to attend a study skills workshop, or searching for information about college life, you will likely find something on these pages to move you toward your academic goals.
Financial Aid Resources: Students applying for federal financial aid must be accepted unconditionally and be degree seeking. Non-degree seeking or certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students must be enrolled in at least three hours of graduate on-line courses each term (six hours during a semester) to be considered a part-time student and six hours of graduate on-line courses each term (twelve hours during a semester) to be considered a full-time student. The type of financial aid available to students is Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans. and the TEACH Grant. REMOVE Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans are non-need based student loans available to graduate students. An unsubsidized loan will accrue interest beginning when the funds are disbursed to the student and while the student is enrolled. Students have the option to pay the interest while they are enrolled. If they chose not to pay the interest, it will be capitalized when the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. Financial Aid Forms Students can access the forms necessary for financial aid at:
Prerequisites and Special Program Requirements: None
Advising Information and Resources: At LSUS, learning is not limited to the classroom. Academic advising offers you a unique opportunity to engage with a faculty member who is an expert in your chosen field and whose insights will help you attain academic success and prepare for your career beyond college. Advising helps you take responsibility for your own education by directing you towards online and campus resources, as well as guiding you successfully through your curriculum towards graduation. The information gathered in these pages is designed to be of help to students, faculty advisors, and family members. We welcome your responses, positive and negative, to these resources and urge you to contact the Advising Committee with any suggestions you have for improvement.
Program Transfer Policies: Transfer Credit Policy Candidates seeking the MEDCI degree at LSUS may transfer up to six of the necessary hours provided that: 1. The final fifty percent is LSUS courses. 2. The transferred credit is at the level of B or better and from a regionally accredited institution. 3. The transferred credit be approved by the graduate Program Coordinator and the faculty members whose expertise is in courses under review for transfer credit. Educational Research and Specialty area courses must be taken through LSUS. All courses that may fulfill graduate degree requirements at LSUS are numbered 600 or 700.
Maximum Number of Credits Transferable: 6 credit hours.
Other Program Specific Information: Learn in a convenient, yet dynamic virtual environment. Designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers. These courses can be pursued as a focus of the MEDCI: Academically Gifted or as an add-on certification to an existing Master’s degree. Each course is 7 weeks and 100% online. Required classes: ED 763 Teaching for Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted ED 764 Characteristics/Study of Gifted Individuals ED 765 Methods of Teaching the Gifted ED 766 Curriculum Development for the Gifted OR ED 773 Developing Creative Thought in Gifted Learners ED 780 Educational Technology Applied to the Classroom ED 777 Practicum in Gifted Education Required for certification in Academically Gifted: Must hold a Master’s Degree Requires either a 3 hour practicum for academically gifted (ED 777) OR three years of successful teaching in academically gifted Valid only in the teaching area(s) in which one is certified Click here to APPLY NOW. For more information contact: Dr. Cathy Singletary 318-797-5174

Adult Learners

Adult Learner Resources: LSUS offers Career Services, Counseling, Success Workshops, Academic Coaching, Proctoring, Tutoring, Mentoring, and Disability Services. LSUS students can access to LSUS Noel Library and Bookstore.
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Admissions and Enrollment

Admissions Requirements: In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate studies, all applicants to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree program are required to possess teacher certification from the appropriate authority in their state or have one year of appropriate professional experience. All Applicants The student seeking to pursue graduate studies at LSUS should submit an online graduate application. The student should follow the procedures listed below. 1. Complete the graduate application form. 2. An official transcript must be sent directly to Admissions and Records by the registrar of ALL colleges and universities attended, including both graduate and undergraduate work and showing all degrees previously awarded. Students who have attended institutions outside the United States should submit complete academic records to AACRAO, World Education Services, or Educational Credential Evaluators. Office of Admissions and Records LSUS One University Place Shreveport, Louisiana 71115.
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Application Requirements: Applicants for admission to the MEDCI degree program must file a Program of Study in the Office of the Director of the graduate programs in the Department of Education as a condition for regular admission. If the candidate elects to complete the Master’s Thesis, the Program of Study is developed with the advice of the candidate's graduate advisor and concurrence of the candidate’s advisory committee. The three person thesis advisory committee will be selected by the candidate in consultation with the candidate’s graduate advisor and shall consist of the candidate’s graduate advisor and two other faculty members, both of whom could be from the Department of Education or both from outside the Department of Education or a combination of one member from the Department of Education and one member from outside the Department of Education. Candidates completing the Master’s Project have their Program of Study developed with the advice and approval of the candidate’s graduate advisor. All Programs of Study are to be approved by the Program Coordinator. In order for courses to be counted toward degree requirements, they must be included in the candidate’s approved program. All requests for program changes must be made to and formally approved by the candidate’s graduate advisor and advisory committee (if thesis candidate). Program changes are not official until approved by the Program Coordinator.
Enrollment Procedures:
  • Students need to be admitted to the institution before program registration.
  • Students can apply for admission via the Internet.
  • Students can register for this program via the Internet.

Credits and Schedule Details

Project Schedule: Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Begins Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline 10/20/2014 9/29/2014 10/6/2014 4/7/2014 10/15/2014 10/15/2014 1/12/2015 12/22/2014 1/2/2015 11/10/2014 1/7/2015 1/7/2015 3/9/2015 2/16/2015 2/23/2015 11/10/2014 3/4/2015 3/4/2015 5/4/2015 4/13/2015 4/20/2015 4/13/2015 4/29/2015 4/29/2015 6/29/2015 6/8/2015 6/15/2015 4/13/2015 6/24/2015 6/24/2015 8/24/2015 8/3/2015 8/10/2015 4/13/2015 8/19/2015 8/19/2015 10/19/2015 9/28/2015 10/5/2015 4/13/2015 10/14/2015 10/14/2015
Additional Admission and Schedule Information: The research component in the MEDCI degree program is designed to prepare the professional education candidate for a lifetime of skilled practice based on current research, theory, and practice. The candidate may elect to complete a 3 hour Master’s Project or a 6 hour Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Project is completed in one semester. The nature of the project is determined by candidates in consultation with their graduate advisor and the instructor of ED798. The Master’s Thesis consists of 6 hours and is completed in two semesters. The nature of the thesis is determined by the candidates in consultation with their graduate advisor and with the approval of the thesis committee. All candidates will present orally the results of the Master’s Thesis. The presentation is open to faculty, staff, family, and friends of the graduates. The presentation provides an opportunity for candidates to present formally the results of their research and offers others an opportunity to honor the MEDCI degree graduates.
Total Number of Credit Hours to Earn a Degree: The MEDCI degree program of 36- 39 hours is composed of at least 15 hours in educational and psychological foundations, 18 hours in a selected specialty area, and 3- 6 hours in a Master’s Project or Thesis.
Special Credit Arrangements for the Program: None

Cost Details

Average Course Costs: In-state:


Electronic rate: $986.01
The in-state and out-of-state rates are the same

Tuition rates for certain schools in Texas.
Materials Required and Other Tuition and Fee Considerations: There is a $50 online fee for all online students. Students may rent or purchase textbooks at E-books may be available for many textbooks, however not all courses are guaranteed to have e-books available. When a student registers for a course in myLSUS, the textbook required for that course will show as available. For 3 credit hour class, there will be about $150 dollars textbook cost per class. There will be $37.87 total fee charge for online courses.

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