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Education students need to get their fingerprints taken at one of the four alternate locations below. You must specify on the application for fingerprints that the report is to be sent to the Lourdes University Department of Education (more details are on the information sheet).

Department of Education Admission Application
Department of Education Admission Requirements
Good Moral Character
Legal Background Search
Medical Statement
Professional Conduct Letter
Reference Form
Video Release

Admission Application
Admission Requirements
Background Check
Good Moral Character
Medical Statement
Professional Conduct Letter
Reference Form
Video Release

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants for graduate and undergraduate students. The TEACH grant is for students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $8,000 for graduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be reduced, based upon the number of hours you are scheduled. The amount students are eligible for will be determined by the Financial Aid Office at the current rate provided by the Department of Education.

If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation, you will have to repay the grant with interest. You must be enrolled in one of the following majors at Lourdes University to receive the TEACH grant:

  • B.S. Middle Childhood
  • B.A. Adolescent to Young Adult
  • B.A. Primary Education
  • B.S. Intervention Specialist Education Program: K-12 Mild to Moderate
  • B.A. Dual Elementary Education Program with Dual Licensure in Special Education Pre K-5
  • Master of Education Special Education (M.Ed.)

Student Eligibility Requirements

To receive a TEACH Grant you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for federal student aid.
  • Be enrolled in a program of study designated by Lourdes as TEACH Grant-eligible. Eligible programs are those that prepare a student to teach in a high-need area. Students who are considered eligible for the TEACH Grant at Lourdes University must be enrolled in one of the eligible programs listed above.

Meet the following academic achievement requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) on your college coursework to receive a grant for each subsequent term.
  • If in the M.Ed. program, must have a 3.25 undergrad GPA or be a current or retired teacher. (must provide documentation)
  • Accept the TEACH Grant on your award.  You can do this on your Web for Students account (link back to directions for accepting aid on Web for Students).
  • Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), and you must respond to all requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation. The ATS will be available to complete electronically from the Department of Education.
  • When you leave school, or if you change programs you are required to complete TEACH exit counseling.

Teaching Obligation
You must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income students for at least four years to avoid repaying the TEACH Grant (with interest). You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. Specific definitions of these terms are included below.

Highly-Qualified Teacher
You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law. The definition of a highly-qualified teacher can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

Full-Time Teacher
You must meet the state’s definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.

High-Need Subject Areas:

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school as well as once you are out of school. You will be asked regularly to confirm that you still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.

If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to avoid your grants being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.

Some departments in the College of Social Sciences feature Advisory Councils comprised of experts in the several fields. These successful professionals assist academic department chairs in creating and enhancing curriculum and professional development programs.

The following academic departments have Advisory Councils:

  • Education
  • Criminal and Social Justice
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Justice Studies

Students majoring in a College of Social Sciences program are encouraged to take full advantage of these honorary and professional student organization opportunities.

Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)

The purpose of CMLA is to advance appropriate middle level teacher preparation. Support and encourage students in middle level education. Sponsor a yearly philanthropic project. Support legislation, standards and recommendations that enhance middle level concepts, practices and ideas.

Phi Alpha (Honor Society for Social Work)

“Through knowledge – the challenge to serve”

Phi Alpha: Delta Alpha Chapter

The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

The following requirements are necessary for membership in Phi Alpha at Lourdes University:

  • Sophomore status
  • 9 semester hours of required social work courses
  • 3.0  grade point average overall at Lourdes University
  • 3.25 grade point average

Dr. Joyce Litten

Social Science Club


  • Educational and Further Development: To promote and supplement the Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology programs through seminars, workshops, public speakers, and field experience
  • Fundraising: To raise funds for the undertakings of the club’s expenses by sponsoring students to attend conferences and help pay for public speakers
  • Social: To promote and develop cohesiveness outside the academic setting
  • Charitable: To volunteer our time to community service at organizations such as Family Connections


  • Membership is open to any Lourdes student
  • Active members are those who attend a minimum of two meetings a semester and agree to participate in one activity a semester
  • There will be no discrimination because of race, creed, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or marital status


  • Only active members are eligible for office within the organization
  • The terms of office for all elected officials is two consecutive semesters beginning on Commencement Day and ending on Commencement Day of the following year
  • Must be in good academic standing

Email Social Science Club
Larry Godfrey

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