Louisiana Teacher Certification Reciprocity

Oct 07, 2019

If you are a certified teacher in another state who is planning to move to Louisiana and you want to continue in that profession, the state has agreements through NASDTEC that allow you to apply for certification. This article discusses the types of certifications available.

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Teachers in Louisiana are typically required to possess a bachelor's degree in education and to pass a series of tests in order to become certified. If you are a certified teacher from somewhere else with an education degree you can still teach in Louisiana after applying for one of two types of teaching certificates. Like many states, Louisiana has interstate agreements through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) to facilitate the mobility of incoming teachers.

Louisiana Teacher Certification Reciprocity

Average Salaries for Teachers in Louisiana (2018)* $48,740 (elementary) $49,960 (middle school); $51,810 (secondary school)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, and Praxis II subject assessment in an area of focus

Source: *US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Type One - Level 1 Professional Certificate

Louisiana requires incoming certified teachers to complete an Out of State (OS) application, which can be obtained through the Louisiana Department of Education website.

To receive professional certification in the state, out-of-state applicants must have completed specific Praxis exams. Should these exam requirements be fulfilled, a Level 1 teaching certificate will be issued to the applicant. This is a standard three-year teaching certificate.

The testing requirements for Louisiana include the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests as follows:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712) - 156 qualifying score
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722) - 162 qualifying score
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732) - 150 qualifying score

Additional testing requirements include the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching for specific grade levels, plus the exams for the teacher's area of focus. The PLT tests are:

  • Elementary School - Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622) - 160 qualifying score
  • Middle School - Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9 (5623) - 160 qualifying score
  • Secondary Education - Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624) - 157 qualifying score

Type Two - Out of State Certificate

Out-of-state applicants who meet the educational requirements but have not completed the requisite exams through Praxis can apply for an Out of State Certificate. This is a non-renewable, three-year allowance for a teacher to complete the tests. Successful applicants receive a letter of eligibility for the OS certificate that they can present to potential employers. The official certificate is issued upon being hired by a school system.

If you haven't taught as a regular teacher within five years of applying, you can be issued a one-year, certificate (OS 1) in order to complete six semester hours of required credits in the related field before issuance of the three-year certificate. This certificate is not renewable.

Teachers with three years of experience are exempt from testing requirements altogether.

Certification Resources for Louisiana Teachers

Out-of-state teachers who need to take Praxis exams in order to qualify for Louisiana certification can use the following study guides:

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