Having a degree in an education-related field will lead a candidate directly to certification if completed successfully. When that is not the case, a candidate must at least hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university to qualify for alternative pathways to a teaching certification in Louisiana. This article will provide information on how to become a teacher in Louisiana by completing the alternative pathway to certification online.
Online Alternative Path Certification for Teaching 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||Preferably related to the subject area that the candidate would like to teach|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751), Praxis II Subject Area Exam|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Find a Teaching Position
The candidate must first find a teaching position at a Louisiana accredited school. The candidate may find available positions by contacting the human resources department at their area school district or even by visiting the school district web pages. Job placement sites may be able to assist in this as well. Once applicants have found a vacancy for a teaching position in the subject area they are certifying in, they will need to apply for the position as an alternative path applicant in order to inform the district that they are seeking certification. Candidates should expect to be interviewed for the position and may be required to fulfill special requirements that are requested by the school district. If the school district should extend a position at a school, the candidate must receive a letter of intent to hire.
Step 2: Find a Program
The next step is to find an online Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)-approved educator preparation program that will provide the coursework and training needed to qualify for certification. The program will consist of coursework that is taken online while the candidate works in the teaching position he/she has been hired for, for one school year. A complete list of approved online program providers may be found on the LDOE website.
Once the candidate has chosen a preparation program, he/she must apply and be accepted and be approved by the LDOE to participate. There may be specific GPA requirements that must be met, and the candidate may be required to purchase general liability insurance while fulfilling program requirements. Candidates will also be required to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills exam that will evaluate the candidate's competency in reading, writing, and math, and they must pass a Praxis II Subject Area exam to prove their knowledge in the subject area they wish to certify in. The exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and maybe registered for online.
Step 3: Complete the Program
The teaching certification candidate will have one year to complete coursework required by the educator preparation program while simultaneously teaching. Coursework is designed to develop the candidate's pedagogy methods to help the candidate build the skills needed to teach in a classroom. The coursework is also designed to help the candidate prepare for the last assessment required, the Praxis Principals of Teaching and Learning exam, before certification.
The candidate will be evaluated throughout the year to help determine areas that require more attention. It is required that all courses be fulfilled with a 2.5 GPA or better and a 2.0 in classroom evaluations. Once the program requirements have been satisfied, the candidate may apply for the initial teaching certification on the ITeach Louisiana website.
Alternative Path Teacher Certification Resources
The links provided include resources to help prepare candidates to take the exams required to become a teacher in Louisiana.