In order to successfully navigate this program, it is important to highlight that in 8 semesters, or 4 years of undergraduate work, you are expected to have completed at least 120 credit hours, 45 of which must be at the 300 level or higher. This means that you need to take at least 15 credits a semester in order to achieve this goal. If extenuating circumstances arise and 15 credits per semester is not always possible, remember that you can take an extra course during another semester or take summer/inter-session courses so that you stay on track to complete the 120 credit hours in 4 years. It is your job to keep track of your GPA because if it drops below 2.5, you can no longer remain in the program. In fact, by the time you apply for Teacher Prep, your GPA must be at or above a 2.8, and, to get in to the graduate portion of the program, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credits that you have taken. Pay attention to this key piece of data!
It is to your advantage to read the fine print on your Curriculum worksheet as there are many courses within the College of Humanities and Sciences core general education requirements (listed on page 1) that are also LSEE requirements. In other words, you can save yourself a great deal of time and even money by taking courses that fulfill both your Core and LSEE Requirements so that you have more credit hours freed up for pursuing a minor and increasing your marketability as a future elementary school teacher. There are also specific courses that require upper level status or certain prerequisites in order to enroll (this pertains more to the courses listed on page 2), so make sure that you are planning your course work out accordingly!
Finally, take responsibility to monitor your own progress through the program. This is most effectively accomplished by carefully matching your transcript (available on MyVCU) with your curriculum worksheet every semester and keeping up to date on all rules and changes as posted on the LSEE Blackboard and through LSEE emails. Stay informed and stay on top of your progress!
Don’t forget - the LSEE support staff is here to answer your questions and help guide you along the way during your undergraduate portion of the degree. Nevertheless, it is very important that you as a student take the time and energy to understand how the program works; the more you educate yourself and proactively seek out answers to your questions, the more effectively you will be able to navigate through this program!