Some students develop very quickly in an academic environment, have above average intelligence, and relish complex academic challenges. When these gifted students are identified they can be placed in programs that are tailored to optimally develop their abilities. In order to teach gifted students in Louisiana, teachers must meet advanced education and training requirements to add an academically gifted endorsement to their current teaching certificate.
Louisiana Gifted Teacher Certification Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Louisiana (2017)*||$48,310 (Elementary), $49,250 (Middle), $50,700 (Secondary)|
|Required Degree||Master's degree|
|Degree Field||Education (Academically Gifted)|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis II subject area test for initial certificate|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In Louisiana, gifted teacher candidates must first obtain an initial teacher certificate. To qualify for this certificate, teacher candidates must complete a bachelor's degree program at an accredited university or college and an approved teacher preparation program. Curriculum consists of general education and content courses in a student's teaching area, as well as 180 hours of practical classroom experience.
Once budding gifted teachers have obtained their teaching certificate they will need to acquire a master's degree, which is compulsory for an academically gifted teacher endorsement. Candidates must complete 15 hours of coursework in Louisiana state-required subject areas, which are as follows:
- Characteristics of gifted individuals
- Teaching methods for gifted students
- Gifted students' social and emotional needs
- Curriculum development OR problem solving for gifted students
- Educational technology
If this coursework has not been fulfilled during a candidate's master's degree program, he/she will also have to complete an academically gifted certification program. During a master's degree or certification program, candidates must either complete three semester hours in an academically gifted student practicum, complete an academically gifted internship for college credit, or have three years of academically gifted teaching experience.
Gifted teacher candidates do not have to pass a specific test to qualify for their academically gifted endorsement. However, they will have take a basic skills test during the process of getting their initial teacher certificate. These basic skills tests come in the form of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, which are as follows:
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (test code: 5712, passing score - 156)
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (test code: 5722, passing score - 162)
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (test code: 5732, passing score - 150)
A composite ACT score of 22 or higher can also be used to meet the basic skills testing requirement, as can an SAT verbal/critical reading and math score of 1030. To earn their initial certificate, teacher candidates also have to pass the Praxis II subject area test relevant to the content area and grade level they want to teach.
Once gifted teacher candidates have satisfied the coursework requirements for the academically gifted endorsement, they can make an application to have the endorsement added to their current teacher certificate. Much in the same way as when they applied for their initial teacher certificate, candidates should submit their applications electronically using the Teach Louisiana website.
When their endorsement add-on application is accepted, teachers can then teach academically gifted students only in the area in which they were originally certified.
Louisiana Special Education Teacher Certification Resources
Louisiana teacher candidates can access our study guides for the basic teaching skills tests by clicking on the links below: