Dual Degree | LSU School of Education

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Do the Dual

Improve student outcomes  |  Expand your teaching skill toolkit  |  Double your certifications  |  Stand out to school principals

One of LSU’s strategic challenges is transforming education. One way for you to make a positive impact on education is to pursue the dual certification in general education and special education/mild-moderate disabilities. 

The School of Education’s grades 1-5 dual certification degree is an eight-semester program of study that allows students to graduate with two certifications. That alone makes you stand out to the school principal who will offer you your first job upon graduation. 

Special Education Program faculty members have a vested interest in your exceptional and transformative development.  We work with public school mentor teacher teams to develop your teaching skills to improve the outcomes of students with and without disabilities. This professional support system will expand your teaching toolkit beyond the traditional teacher education program.

Child Centered

  • We recognize each student as an individual.
  • We value and teach each student within the contexts of his/her class, school, family, home, and community.

Data Driven

  • We strive to develop candidate knowledge and skill mastery of assessment and instructional procedures that are research- or evidence-based.
  • We incorporate objective and valid measurement in our planning, teaching, and evaluation processes.

Outcome Oriented

  • We foster teacher education candidate actions that emphasize development and monitoring of meaningful and appropriate student outcomes.
  • We cultivate a culture of effective collaboration with school professionals and family members in developing and monitoring meaningful and appropriate student outcomes. 

Solution Seeking

  • We emphasize communication and action that promote problem solving.
  • We collaborate for the purpose of performing meaningful teaching and learning.


Recommended Program of Study.



clip art of people hugging in a circle with words LSU special education, child centered, data driven, outcome oriented, solution seekingAbout our Program

LSU’s dual certification program is a teacher candidate degree completion sequence that prepares candidates to teach students with and without verified disabilities. Completion results in the candidate graduating eligible for two teaching certifications, grades 1-5 elementary education and grades 1-5 mild/moderate disabilities. The program prepares candidates to be effective general education or special education teachers. While the base program targets the elementary grades 1-5, candidates who are interested in the PK-3 or secondary school programs can also complete a process leading to certifications to teach both general education and special education populations. In most cases, that goal is accomplished through candidates completing the minor in special education in addition to their respective program coursework.

The dual certification – known as DUALC in the LSU system – focuses on developing candidates who are child centered, data driven, and outcome oriented. LSU Special Education Programs professors work closely with effective public school mentor teacher teams to emphasize teacher education candidate actions that provide effective instructional practice to all students and specially designed instruction to students with disabilities.

A Letter to Interested Students

Award Winning Students



For more information, please contact the Special Education faculty:

R. Kenton Denny, PhD
Associate Professor

Margaret Denny, MEd

Paul Mooney, PhD


Teacher Education Disclosure 

The Special Education Elementary Grades Education BS program, (Dual Certification), meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Elementary Grades and Mild/Moderate in the State of Louisiana. Graduates of this Louisiana state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Level 1 Professional Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact us to assist you in your career planning.

Procedures for filing appeals and complaints are accessed here.


Class of 2020 Legacy Video



Interview with SPED Director Callie Kershaw



Dual Certification Alumni Harli Lockhart