Aspiring math educators must be well prepared in the subject area to qualify for middle or high school teacher certification in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) regulates the certification process to ensure all education, preparation, and testing requirements are met. This article provides information on how to earn a math teaching certification in Louisiana in addition to helpful resources to reach the goal of certification.
Requirements for Certified Math Teachers in Louisiana
|Average Salaries for Teachers in Louisiana (2018)*||$49,960 (Middle School), $51,810 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Mathematics education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751); Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching for Grades 5-9 (5623) or Grades 7-12 (5624); Praxis subject assessment in math|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education Requirements for Louisiana Math Teachers
To qualify for math teacher certification in Louisiana, candidates must hold at least a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from an LDOE-approved teacher preparation program. This type of program includes core curriculum courses, courses focused on math, and classes that provide knowledge of teaching practices.
In addition to coursework, an LDOE-approved educator preparation program requires the completion of a one-year teaching residency and at least 180 hours of classroom field experience. The residency program provides students with valuable practice providing instruction and evaluating student work to better prepare them to teach in the classroom. Candidates must complete all coursework and residency requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to qualify for certification.
The second requirement to qualify for math teacher certification is to pass all assessments for the subject area and grade level. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751) exam must be taken to evaluate a teacher's core content knowledge in math, writing, and reading. Preadmission exam scores that are above 22 on the ACT or above 1100 on the SAT will qualify the candidate for exemption from taking the Praxis Core exam.
The Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching and the Praxis subject area mathematics exams that correspond to the grade level of certification sought must also be completed successfully. These exams include:
- Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9 (5623)
- Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624)
- Middle School Mathematics (5169)
- Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
- Algebra I (5162)
The Praxis exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service and are computer-based. Scores will automatically be sent to the LDOE if the exams were taken in the state of Louisiana.
Application and Renewal Requirements
The final step will be initiated by the teacher preparation program that a candidate completed. It will submit a recommendation for certification to the LDOE. An applicant will be required to create a Teach Louisiana account so that they may submit their application and application fees. Once all requirements are completed, the LDOE will issue the Level 1 certificate in mathematics for the grade level applied for.
Once the certificate is issued, an educator can begin teaching math in a Louisiana school. The initial certificate is valid for three years and allows for two extensions of one-year terms each to allow time for a teacher to complete the three-year teaching requirement needed to advance.
By the time the final extension has been reached, an educator is required to upgrade to a Level 2 certification. The application for renewal and application fees are submitted using the candidate's Teach Louisiana account that was created for the initial certification.
Math Teacher Certification Resources
The links below include resources to help candidates prepare for the certification exams needed to become math teachers in Louisiana.
- Praxis Test Study Guides
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Combined Test (5751): Study Guide & Test Prep
- Praxis PLT - Grades 7-12 (5624): Practice & Study Guide