Louisiana Tech's College of Education is in the spotlight

RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana Tech University's College of Education is once again in the spotlight.

The College of Education at Louisiana Tech is getting recognized for one of the best Elementary Education and Special Education programs in the country. (KNOE)

Its undergraduate Elementary Education and Special Education program was ranked in the top 20% nationally by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The national group says they base their rankings on things like a rigorous admissions process, emphasis on research-based approaches to teaching for elementary candidates, and quality student teaching experiences.

Dawn Basinger with the College of Education says they take their clinical residency, where students are out in the school district their senior year, very seriously.

"We can give our students the one on one support they need and our faculty, again, our faculty are fabulous," says Basinger. "The courses that they teach, Our literacy program has been recognized before by one of our state acreditors, so I think the faculty make the difference."

Basinger says they just started using a new program called Swivl to record students as they're teaching out in the field, so they can get feedback from professors and see their lessons in a new perspective.

Carrice Cummins is teaching literacy courses in the College of Education and has been in the field for over 40 years, teaching almost every grade between Kindergarten and 12th grade.

She says a great teacher really molds a student's learning experience for the rest of their lives. That's why she says it's so important to have a great Elementary Education and Special Education program, since children are still developing the foundations of critical thinking and reading.

They say their program combines elementary education but also trains candidates in special education so they're prepared for any and every classroom.

"Every child learns differently and so best practices, good teaching will help every child," says Cummins. "And so our teachers here that are trained not only in regular education but special education, they know the importance of tweaking everything, not just trying to teach across the board, not just teaching one set curriculum in one set way."

Louisiana Tech's College of Education also has a Master of Arts in Teaching program that's both online and in the classroom to certify people who may have received a degree in another field previously.