All states in the union require at least a bachelor's degree in order to teach. It is no different in Louisiana, where the required degree is a bachelor's in education. You must also enroll in and complete a teacher preparation program and, finally, take certification tests through the Praxis exam format.
Throughout the state, there are a number of higher education institutions where you can find the required teacher preparation programs alongside appropriate undergraduate degree programs.
List of Schools for Teacher Certification in Louisiana
|Average Salaries for Teachers in Louisiana (2018)*||$48,740 (elementary); $49,960 (middle school); $51,810 (secondary school)|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Principles of Learning and Teaching, and Area of Focus|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Louisiana is divided up into four regions, each containing a portion of the seventeen higher education institutions that offer the requisite programs for obtaining the appropriate degree. The undergraduate preparation programs can be found at the following schools:
|Grambling State University, Grambling, LA|
|_Louisiana State University Shreveport, Shreveport, LA|
|Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA|
|_Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA|
|University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, LA|
|Louisiana College, Pineville, LA|
|_Louisiana State University Alexandria, Alexandria, LA|
|McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA|
|_University of Louisiana Laffayette, Laffayette, LA|
|Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA|
|_Loyola University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA|
|Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA|
|_Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA|
|Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA|
|_University of Holy Cross, New Orleans, LA|
|University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA|
|_Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA|
A teacher preparation program includes the competency-based curriculum for obtaining the requisite bachelor's degree in education. However, the student will also be required to obtain 180 hours of field experience and complete a yearlong residency in a classroom setting. And finally, in order to get the proper certification, the prospective teacher must pass the three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams, the Principles for Learning and Teaching exam for the specific grade level, and the specialty exams for the teacher's area of focus.
- Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading, Code 5712, 156 qualifying score,
- Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing, Code 5722, 162 qualifying score, and
- Core Academic Skills for Educators - Mathematics, Code 5732, 150 qualifying score
- Elementary School (Grades 1- 5 - Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades K-6, Code 5622, 160 Qualifying Score
- Middle School (Grades 5-9) - Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 5-9, Code 5623, 160 Qualifying Score
- Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) - Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 7-12, Code 5624, 157 Qualifying Score
Since 2006, the state has allowed for the core skills test to be bypassed based on college entrance exam scores. An SAT combined score of 1030 or an ACT composite score of 22 can be used in lieu of the core exams; however, the Principles of Learning and Teaching and Area of Focus exams still need to be passed.
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