How to Become a Math Teacher in Louisiana

Read through the requirements set forth by Louisiana's Department of Education and discover how to get a Level 1 Professional Certificate. Become a certified math teacher through education, Praxis testing, and the certificate application.

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Louisiana is currently experiencing a math teacher shortage, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The state offers math certification for grades 6-12, so interested students can take a look below to find out how to become certified and help solve the teacher shortage.

Louisiana Math Teacher Salary Statistics and Educational Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Louisiana (2016)* $48,360 (Middle), $49,570 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Math Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core exams, Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis Mathematics test

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The first priority for prospective math teachers in Louisiana should be to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in math education. This program will include a semester-long teaching internship prior to graduation in addition to both math and educational foundation courses. The courses offered by approved universities in the state will differ somewhat, but most will require classes such as teacher education, fundamentals of mathematics, child or adolescent psychology, and classroom technology. Most programs will include classes on the following:

  • Calculus
  • Linear and abstract algebra
  • Statistics and probability
  • Geometry

There are many preparation programs for students to choose from, so be sure to look through the updated list on Louisiana's Department of Education website prior to deciding on a program.

Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

There are several components to testing in Louisiana, and the first is the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators requirement. All teacher preparation programs will require that the Praxis Core exams be completed before application to the program, so be sure to check on the specifics of each school's requirements. It is important to note that an ACT composite score of 22 or an SAT score of 1030 can be submitted instead of Praxis Core scores. If a student decides not to submit SAT or ACT scores and complete the Praxis Core exam instead, he or she will have to take three subtests: Reading (on which a score of 156 is required), Writing (on which a score of 162 is required), and Mathematics (on which a score of 150 is required). Students will be provided with an on-screen scientific calculator for the math exam.

Those hoping to teach math at the middle school level will have to take the 2-hour Principles of Learning and Teaching (5-9) exam and score at least a 160. After that exam is complete, they will move on to the Middle School Mathematics exam, and must garner at least a 165. Future secondary school teachers will need to score at least a 157 on the 2-hour Principles of Learning and Teaching (7-12) exam and then take the Mathematics: Content Knowledge test and score at least a 160.

Step 3: Submit Certification Application

Once all educational requirements have been completed with at least a 2.5 GPA and all Praxis scores are finalized, students can start the certification application. Students will need to submit an official recommendation from their schools, a Professional Conduct form, and a $50 application fee. The conduct form addresses the criminal background of candidates. If approved, the Level 1 Professional Certificate will be awarded to students and will be valid for three years.

Certification Resources for Future Louisiana Teachers

There are many Praxis exams with different requirements, so it can be a challenge to keep them all straight. If there are any other questions about details of the Praxis exams, look into the resources below for more information and for in-depth study guides on all subject exams.

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