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How to Become a PE Teacher in Louisiana

Nov 01, 2019

Physical education (PE) teachers help children learn the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle while imparting vital skills, such as physical coordination, teamwork, and goal completion. Read on to learn how to become a PE teacher in Louisiana.

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Individuals wishing to be PE teachers in Louisiana will need to complete a standard set of steps in order to become licensed through the traditional pathway. These steps include completing academic and testing requirements.

Steps to Become a Louisiana PE Teacher

Average Salary for Louisiana Teachers (2018)* $48,740 (Elementary School);
$49,960 (Middle School);
$51,810 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Physical education
Testing Requirements Praxis I CORE Academic Skills for Educators; Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT); Praxis Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Complete Academic Requirements

PE teachers will need to obtain official licensure in order to be able to teach physical education in Louisiana. The first step is to earn a bachelor's degree while completing an approved teacher preparation program. As the name suggests, these preparation programs are designed to ensure that future educators are equipped with the basic skills and knowledge to be effective teachers in the field.

Teacher preparation programs can be completed along with an undergraduate degree in health and physical education. Requirements for completion include 180 hours of fieldwork, student teaching, and specific education-related courses, as well as courses related to physical education and fitness.

Step Two: Pass Certification Exams

Along with completing a bachelor's degree and a teacher preparation program, teaching hopefuls must pass several tests designed to measure their general and subject-area proficiency. The first of these exams is the Praxis I CORE Academic Skills for Educators. Successfully passing this exam demonstrates general proficiency in the core subject areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. It is also common and acceptable for candidates to use ACT or SAT scores of at least 22 or 1100, respectively, in lieu of taking the Praxis I CORE Academic Skills for Educators exam.

The next required exam is one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams. The three relevant exams are K-6, 5-9, and 7-12. Which exam or exams applicants need to take will depend on what grade level they wish to be qualified to teach. These exams test applicants through a series of multiple-choice questions on the following concept areas: students as learners, instructional process, assessment, and professional development, leadership and community. The PLT tests also include four situational questions that test examinees' understanding of these concept areas through hypothetical scenarios.

The last of the required exams is the subject area exam. Those wishing to become certified as physical education teachers will need to take the Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857) exam. Unlike the other, more general certification requirements, this exam will test candidates' specific knowledge and teaching ability in physical education.

Step Three: Apply and Earn Certification

Prospective teachers in Louisiana can expect to undergo a background check and criminal history review. Once all other steps and requirements are completed, it is time to begin filing an official application. Applicants need to utilize Louisiana's 'Teach Louisiana' web portal for the application process. Through this online process, applicants ensure that documentation of all requirements (for example, transcripts) is submitted within the official application. If all steps have been completed and all requirements met, teaching candidates will be qualified to teach PE via a Level 1 professional certificate.

Resources for Future Louisiana Educators

Check out the following links for helpful resources to help you prepare for your physical education teacher certification exams:

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