The state of Louisiana endorses students interested in working with young children as early childhood educators. The Early Childhood PK-3 certification allows potential teachers flexibility in the grade level they instruct.
Louisiana Salary Information and Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Louisiana (2017)*||$36,180 (preschool), $49,220 (kindergarten), $48,310 (elementary)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Early childhood education|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Enter a Bachelor's Degree Program in Louisiana
Anyone interested in teaching early childhood education must earn a degree from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. Louisiana has about a dozen approved early childhood undergraduate programs that focus on prekindergarten through grade three. All will require general education classes, classes specific to teaching young children, and student teaching. While each program is slightly different, most will mandate that students learn about child psychology, classroom management techniques, and diversity in the classroom. Some specific examples of potential classes include:
- Teaching reading
- Using technology in early childhood classrooms
- Foundations in PK-3 education
- Methods of teaching elementary math
Step 2: Take All Required Praxis Tests
Prior to entering the teacher-preparation portion of their undergraduate program, prospective teachers will need to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, with the exception of those students with an ACT score of 22 or an SAT score of 1030, who are exempt from this requirement. The Core tests are in reading, writing, and mathematics. The reading exam requires at least a score of 156, the writing exam requires a score of at least 162, and the mathematics exam requires a score of at least 150.
Next, prior to beginning student teaching within the undergrad program, future teachers will take the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood exam, which requires a score of 157 or higher. Also necessary prior to student teaching is the Praxis subject-area test for early childhood students, the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test. It is comprised of 4 sections: reading and language arts (157 or higher), mathematics (157 or higher), social studies (155 or higher), and social science (159 or higher).
Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application
Finally, after earning their degree, prospective teachers need to complete the certification application. To receive a Level 1 Professional Certificate, teachers need to provide documentation of teacher preparation program completion with at least a 2.5 GPA, Praxis scores, and a $50 processing fee. Teachers will need an official recommendation from their university, as well. When all of this information has been provided, teachers will be awarded their certificates, which will be valid for three years and can be renewed once.
Study Resources for Future Louisiana Teachers
Take a look at the resources available for teachers preparing for the Praxis exams. Read detailed guides and look at practice problems for the required exams, including the Early Childhood Education exam.