Accelerated teacher certification programs provide an alternative pathway to achieving a teaching certification. These programs are intended for individuals who wish to become educators quickly and do not hold an education-related degree. This article covers the process of earning teacher certification in Louisiana using an accelerated program that qualifies for the alternative pathway towards certification.
Accelerated Teacher Certification in Louisiana
|Average Salaries for Teachers in Louisiana (2018)*||$48,740 (Elementary); $49,960 (Middle School); $51,810 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Any; preferably related to the subject the candidate wishes to teach|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751), Praxis II Subject Area Exam|
Step 1: Meet Basic Requirements
The candidate is required to possess a bachelor's degree that is earned from an accredited university in order to qualify as a teacher in the state of Louisiana. Programs that are provided by private entities require the candidate to have earned their degree with a cumulative GPA of no less than a 2.5, and university and college programs require the candidate to have earned their degree with no less than a 2.2 GPA. This qualifies the candidate for a certification-only program.
Step 2: Apply for a Program
The certification-only route is intended for candidates who want to expedite the process of becoming a teacher. This route is the only alternative pathway that allows the candidate to complete coursework through online courses available at an accelerated rate. This streamlined path to certification allows the candidate to work as an educator, full-time, while gaining the qualifications needed for certification utilizing an online accelerated Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) approved program.
Prior to admission, the candidate must pass the Praxis I exam that evaluates knowledge in core content consisting of reading, writing, and math. They must also pass the Praxis II exam in the subject area they wish to teach. If the candidate holds a master's degree or sufficient SAT/ACT scores, they are not required to take the Praxis I exam. Both Praxis exams are computer-based and administered by the Education Testing Service. Once the candidate has passed all required assessments, they can apply to an LDE-approved certification-only program.
Step 3: Complete the Program
The candidate is required to secure employment at a Louisiana parish school as part of the certification-only program. When applying for a position, the candidate must notify the hiring school that they are enrolled in a certification-only program and will be working under a Practitioner Teacher 2 license. The hiring school will acquire this provisional license on behalf of the candidate.
The certification-only program requires the candidate to complete 80 contact hours in order to earn a Practitioner Teacher 2 license. Once the license is issued, it is valid for no more than three one-year terms. After each term has ended, a renewal must be submitted to re-validate. Renewal is required if the candidate has not fulfilled all program requirements.
The candidate works simultaneously while completing all requirements of the certification-only program. The skills learned through the certification program help prepare the candidate to pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, which is a requirement for professional certification. Once all requirements are fulfilled, the program provider submits the candidate's application to the LDE for a Level 1 teaching certification.
Accelerated Teacher Certification Resources
The links provided below help the candidate study and prepare for the Praxis exams required to qualify for accelerated teacher certification programs in Louisiana.