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How to Become a Social Studies Teacher in Louisiana

Sep 20, 2019

Social studies is a broad field that can include history, geography, government and economics. Those interested in teaching social studies in Louisiana can be a part of this state's next generation of qualified educators. Read on for an overview of requirements needed to become certified as a social studies teacher in Louisiana.

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Information on Louisiana Social Studies Teacher Requirements

The state requirements for becoming certified as a teacher in Louisiana are very standard and straightforward. For a traditional licensure route, candidates will need to complete an education program and a series of exams to ensure they are qualified to teach. In order to be licensed to teach social studies in particular, you will need to pass a specific subject area exam.

Average Salary for Louisiana Teachers (2018) $49,960 (Middle School); $51,810 (High School)*
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Praxis I CORE Academic Skills for Educators; Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT); Certification Area Exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Meeting the Educational Requirements

The first step toward traditional licensure in Louisiana is enrolling in an approved undergraduate teacher preparation program. These programs integrate with traditional four-year degree programs but are designed to help you meet state requirements while working toward your bachelor's degree. The program includes specific education about teaching, a mandatory 180 hours of fieldwork, as well as other requirements that will prepare you for teaching and prove your abilities therein.

Step Two: Complete Certification Exams

The next step is to demonstrate basic competency through a Praxis I test. The state of Louisiana now accepts qualifying scores in the Praxis I CORE Academic Skills for Educators exams. These exams consist of a reading test, a writing test, and a mathematics test. An ACT score of 22 or higher or a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher will also serve to fulfill this requirement. The Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams are divided into four levels, and you will need to take the one that corresponds to the area in which you would like to be certified to teach. For example, if you want to teach social studies to kids from fifth grade to ninth, you will need to take Principles of Learning & Teaching: 5-9.

Finally, you will need to take the examination that corresponds to the subject area in which you wish to be certified to teach: social studies. You will likely need to take the Grades 6-12 Certification Areas Social Studies: Content and Interpretation exam or the Grades 4-8 Certification Areas Middle School Social Studies exam. Those wishing to teach at lower grade levels generally need to be certified through multiple subject area examinations, so those wishing to specifically teach social studies will need to take one of the two aforementioned exams.

Step Three: Application Process

Once you have completed all the requirements, you can finally apply for a teaching license. You will need to submit an official application including all official transcripts and test scores. If approved, you will be granted a Level 1 teaching license, which has a three-year validity period and can be upgraded to a license that has a five-year validity period.

Resources for Louisiana Teacher Candidates

Check out the following links for helpful resources to help you prepare for exams:

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