About the Department

Southeastern’s Department of Teaching and Learning provides appropriate, intensive
educational and field experience opportunities for teacher candidates. We also provide
professional service and leadership to school systems within our region and state.


Mission of the Department

The mission of the Department of Teaching & Learning at Southeastern Louisiana University
is to provide a quality program through which teacher candidates demonstrate the knowledge,
skills, and dispositions needed to have a positive impact on student achievement in
grades PK-12.

In order to achieve our mission, the Department of Teaching and Learning strives to: 

  • Recruit and retain students who demonstrate potential for success in teaching.

  • Enhance instruction by conducting applied research and developing innovative educational
    materials and techniques.

  • Model best pedagogical practices in the classroom.

  • Provide relevant field experience in diverse educational settings.

  • Instill in candidates appropriate professional and ethical behaviors, a desire for
    life-long learning, and a respect for diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Seek continuous improvement in our program through faculty professional learning,
    scholarship and data-based decisions.


Southeastern was the first university in Louisiana to offer Stewards of Children Darkness to Light as a professional learning opportunity for all teacher candidates. The Department
offers curricula and instruction leading to Masters of Education (M.Ed.) Degrees in
Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education. In addition to traditional preparation
programs, the Department also offers two alternative routes to certification, one
of which concludes with a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree.

Our Department works closely with colleagues in the College of Arts, Humanities and
Social Sciences, the College of Nursing and Health Studies, and the College of Science
and Technology to provide appropriate, intensive field experience opportunities for
our teacher candidates.

A major role of the Department is to provide professional service and leadership to
school systems within our region and state. The Library of Congress – Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Southeastern is just one example of our support and service to the educational


Contact Information

Dr. Susan Zimlich | [email protected]
Interim Department Head

Cate Teacher Education Center
1300 General Pershing, Suite 2004
SLU Box 10749
Hammond, LA 70402 

Tel: 985-549-2221
Fax: 985-549-5009