Pre-Engineering, Digital Design & Emergent Media,
Computational Thinking & Computer Science, Biomedical Sciences

The LSU STEM Certification Pathways Program

  • provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in a specialized progression of project-based courses (i.e., pathways) to attain industry-promulgated and valued credentials, university issued certificates of course completion, or dual enrollment credit in order to graduate with either a career-tech diploma or to enhance their university-prep diploma,
  • requires teachers who instruct the pathway courses to further their academic credentials by participating in intensive graduate-level LSU Pathway Training courses. If taken for credit, this program leads to a customized "Professional Graduate Certificate" issued by the LSU Colleges of Science or Engineering.
  • provides school districts with additional state funding to support the Pathway courses and required teacher training. The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved the LSU Pre-Engineering Pathway in June 2017; the Digital Design & Emergent Media Certification Pathway is currently under consideration. Under provisions of the approved state education funding formula, a school district offering a BESE approved LSU Pathway course receives $480 per student per course in additional CTE base weight and Career Development Funds.

For more information, see PathwayDescriptionMay2018.pdf

Pathways Overview

Pre-Engineering Pathway

In pilot stage since 2017-18.

Digital Design and Emergent Media Pathway

To be piloted 2018-19.

Biomedical Sciences Pathway

To be piloted 2020-21.


Other LSU Electives

  • Statistical Reasoning

Other Approved Electives

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Biology
  • Biology II
  • Biology DE
  • AP Chemistry
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry DE
  • AP Physics
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Coastal Studies

Digital Design and Emergent Media

Register for the summer institute here

More information about DDEM summer content

Other LSU Electives

Other Approved Electives

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • Video Game Design
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • AP Art 3D
  • Basic/Advanced Film
  • Film and TV
  • Basic Sound

2019 Summer Training Institute

5/28 - 6/13 and 6/17 - 7/03

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We are seeking motivated and engaged high school teachers1 who are interested in facilitating LSU STEM Certification Pathway courses in Pre-Engineering, Digital Design & Emergent Media, Computing, or Biomedical Sciences in the 2019-20 school year. Participants do not need to have any background knowledge or prior training in Engineering, Digital Design, Computer Science, or Biomedical Sciences.

For a school to be able to offer courses within the LSU Certification Pathway framework, teachers must become certified to teach a specific course at the LSU Pathways Summer Training Institute at Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge. Some courses require teachers to participate in a 3-week training institute (yellow and blue cells below, 12 days); some courses require a 6-week training institute (green cells below; 24 days). The three week training institutes are from 5/28 - 6/13 and from 6/17 to 7/03; the six week institute is from 5/28 to 7/03.

The registration fee for a three-week institute is $1,920 per teacher, for a six-week institute it is $3,940 per teacher. Should a participant want to receive graduate credit for the summer institute (most courses are eligible for graduate credit), the teacher must enroll in the LSU Graduate School and additional LSU fees apply (please contact Dr. Frank Neubrander at if you are interested). A teacher can earn 3 hours of graduate credit for a three week institute ($434 in fees to be paid; $1,007 tuition will be covered through the registration fee). A teacher can earn 6 hours of credit when participating in the six week institute ($1,086.20 in fees to be paid; $2201.80 tuition will be covered through the registration fee). If a teacher needs a dorm room on the LSU campus, the additional charges will be about $700 for a three week institute and $1,400 for a six-week institute. Stipends for teachers will be determined and paid for by the school districts.

During the 2019-20 school year, participants also need to attend ten Saturday sessions (8am-noon) that are designed to assist with course implementation issues (participants who cannot travel to LSU will be able to participate virtually). There will be no charge for the Saturday sessions; stipends for teachers will be determined and paid for by the school districts.

Students taking LSU STEM Pathway courses with a trained teacher will be eligible to earn LSU STEM Pathway Certificates and the school district will receive $476 per student per course from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education JumpStart funds. A school does not have to commit to implement all of the Pathway courses; as long as any one Pathway course is taught by a trained teacher, the school district will receive $476 in JumpStart funding for each participating student receiving a LSU Certification of Course Completion.

For a high school teacher to be able to participate, his/her high school must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LSU in which the school commits to 2

  • providing a dedicated computer lab or one-to-one technology usage with internet connectivity for students participating in the LSU Pre-Engineering Certification Pathway program,
  • piloting each course that the participating teacher is being trained for during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, and
  • paying LSU a $96 administrative fee for each student for which LSU issues a Pre-Engineering Pathway Certificate of Course Completion and for which the school system receives $476 in JumpStart funding.

To apply, please register fill out this form asap (seats are limited) and latest by April 15th, 2019. You will then receive an email confirming your registration and will be asked to send a resume and a cover letter with your name, email, cell phone, the course(s) you will be taking, request for accommodations, and whether or not you are interested in taking the courses for graduate credit.3 Also, you will be asked to return a brief letter of commitment from your school expressing its willingness to negotiate a MoU with LSU that specifies the terms under which the school can offer these Pathway courses and receive $476 in JumpStart funding per student per Pathway course.

If you have questions about the Pathway program in general, please send them to Dr. Frank Neubrander at He will answer within 24 hours.

1 Middle school teachers who are interested in participating in a middle school Pre-Engineering and Computational Thinking pilot program this summer are encouraged to send their inquiries to Frank Neubrander at Also, middle school teachers interested in bringing Computer Science to their schools may contact
2 The MoU might cover other things but, basically, it is the required contract between LSU and your school that specifies the terms under which the school can offer these Pathway courses and qualify for $480 in JumpStart funding for each Pathway student receiving a Certificate of Course Completion from LSU.
3 Participants interested in receiving graduate credit will have to provide further information when applying to the LSU Graduate School. Also, for a limited number of participants we can provide funding to help with accommodation at LSU for the duration of the Summer Institute. These issues will be discussed on an individual basis. For specific questions about graduate credit and additional financial support to help with tuition, fees, and/or accommodation during the Summer Institute, please contact Dr. Frank Neubrander at

Digital Design & Emergent Media

LSU Pathways 2019 Summer Institute

May 28-July 3

DDEM Summer Institute

We are pleased to offer the 2019 Summer Institute for all teachers and schools wishing to offer the LSU Pathways courses in Digital Design & Emergent Media (DDEM)

We are seeking motivated and engaged high school teachers to develop the skills of emerging media practitioners. Participants do not need to have any background knowledge or prior training in Coding or Computer Science; the institute is designed to expand the technical training of those who already have an interest/practice in the media arts so that they can teach it more effectively and in an integrated way across the pathway. We expect teachers to attend the Summer Institute for two summers to complete training for 1 to 2 courses in their pathway.

Most training sessions cover the entire 6 weeks. Each week contains 4 days of instruction, with a 5 day and 3 day week to end the institute before July 4th. (see schedule below) However a few of the courses are run in 3 week sessions, indicated in the listing below. We have found that the programming courses require significant practical experience and therefor necessitate ample time to work on developing assignments, examples, teaching materials, etc. If the schedule is prohibitive or you feel that you have ample experience in a particular area please contact us for possible accommodation. We will do what we can to allow you to participate as long as we feel assured that the quality of teaching will not suffer.

Along with course specific training, everyone is required to participate in the DDEM program overview. Each morning and afternoon the entire cohort assembles to actively work through Digital Media and teaching issues that are similar across all courses and work on how to deal with a job field that is continually reinventing itself. We cover the design process, group dynamics, ideation and brainstorming, prototyping, iterative development and how to effectively guide and grade our project based learning process. For examples from our prior institute, see below...

Session I: May 28 – June 13

Session II: June 17 – July 3

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DDEM 2019 Summer Institute Overview

2019 DDEM Courses

The courses offered for training this summer are:

Core Courses

  • Intro to Computational Thinking (all)
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Programming Digital Media


  • Sound Design
  • Digital Image
  • Motion Graphics

  • Three week courses

Pilot Courses

These courses will be offered as Pilot Courses. We are only accepting qualified teachers who would like to work with us on the final design and implementation of this curriculum. If you are interested, please send an inquiry to

  • Coding for the Web
  • DDEM Interactive Digital Media Capstone

Tentative Course Details

DDEM 2019 Summer Institute Schedule Detail

What do we cover?

If you are interested in some of the topics we cover, feel free to peruse the previous cohort's collaborative board. Keep in mind that this resource was created by the facilitators and teachers that participated in the first summer institute. We will be using these resources as the starting point for this, our second year.

2018 DDEM Summer Institute