How Do You Get Certified to Teach in Louisiana?

Read about teacher requirements in the state of Louisiana. From education to testing and certification, you'll find out how to become a certified teacher in this state.

Louisiana offers teacher certification for grades PreK-12 in dozens of subjects. Anyone interested in teaching at the preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school level can become a certified teacher in Louisiana and pursue the subject that interests them.

Louisiana Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Louisiana (2016)* $36,790 (Preschool), $48,100 (Elementary School), $48,360 (Middle School), $49,570 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (or SAT/ACT passing scores) and relevant subject area Praxis exams

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Pursue a Bachelor's Degree

Anyone wishing to become a teacher in Louisiana must decide what subject area he or she might enjoy teaching. Elementary school teachers in Louisiana may teach multiple subjects, while middle or secondary school teachers may be able to focus on one or two subject areas. Prospective teachers must decide what age level and subject area they want to teach prior to applying to an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. They will complete their bachelor's degree program in the educational subject area they choose.

Every program of study will vary depending on grade level and subject matter, but most will require some of the same basic educational courses including:

  • teaching in a diverse society
  • classroom management
  • child or adolescent psychology

All students will participate in student teaching before the end of their teacher preparation programs, in order to gain relevant experience in the classroom.

Step 2: Take All Required Tests

All future teachers in Louisiana are required to pass a test of basic skills. This could be the SAT (with a combined score of at least 1030) or the ACT (with a composite score of 22), or the requirement could also be fulfilled with the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. This test is made of three sub-tests in reading (requiring a score of at least 156), writing (requiring at least a 162), and math (requiring at least a 150).

Teachers will take more Praxis exams depending on the subject and grade level they aim to teach. Early education teachers, for instance, will take the Principles of Learning & Teaching: Early Education exam. Elementary school teachers will take Principles of Learning and Teaching (K-5) and Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. Secondary school math teachers will take Mathematics: Content Knowledge. The number of Praxis tests required depends on the individual's goals, but a comprehensive list of exams can be found on the Praxis Louisiana website.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

After all transcripts have been finalized with at least a 2.5 GPA and all Praxis testing is complete, teachers can start the certification process. Teachers will print out an application for the Level 1 Professional License and a Professional Conduct form from the state website. After completing and signing these forms, they will include a $50 processing fee, proof of test results, and transcripts all in one packet to send to the Department of Education. If your university is sending the transcripts, please make a note on the packet that the transcripts will be coming from the school. Once applications have been approved, teachers will receive their Level 1 Professional Certificate, which is valid in the state of Louisiana for three years.

Study Resources for Future Louisiana Teachers

There is a lot of information to remember about Praxis testing, but there are also plenty of resources and study guides for future teachers. Check out the resource below to start studying.

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