The state of Louisiana has three professional teaching certificates. Each level has different requirements. Level one is an entry-level certificate that is rarely renewed, while levels two and three are more commonly renewed as they are the certifications that level one educators upgrade to.
Louisiana Educator Renewal Requirements
|Average Salary for Education Professionals in Louisiana||$48,150 (Kindergarten), $48,100 (Elementary), $48,360 (Middle School), $49,570 (High School)|
|Testing Requirements||Not required for renewal|
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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How to Renew Your Louisiana Certification
The first step in renewing a Louisiana teacher certification is creating an account or logging into Teach LA Live, the Louisiana Department of Education's online portal. If the educator does not have an account they will need to create one and select Educator/Ancillary Personnel. This selection will allow educators to apply for certification. If the educator has an account, they should be sure to update any personal information.
Before submitting the certification application, payment must be made through the payment portal. This is done by selecting the Payment Portal and following the directions, which include selecting an application identifier. The application identifier is two bolded letters located on the top right corner of the renewal application. Once payment is completed, the educator will receive a confirmation email with a receipt number. This payment verification must be submitted with the application.
After doing this the educator must click on the Submit Certification Applications link and follow any instructions. Be sure to choose the certification renewal option. Finally, the educator must be sure to upload any requested documents, specifically those pertaining to standards of effectiveness that must be met. The educator also must be sure to include any notes they wish for the certification specialists to review. Finally, the educator must submit the application.
More Information on the Types of Certificates and Their Renewal
In Louisiana, a level one certificate is valid for three years and can be extended for one year. This extension can be completed two times before the educator must upgrade to a level two or three certificate. Level two and three certificates are valid for five years and can be renewed every five years. They have no limitations on how many times they can be renewed. In order to renew all certificates, educators must meet the standards of effectiveness. In the case of the level two and three certificates, they must meet the Louisiana standards of effectiveness for at least three years. If they do not meet these standards, the educator can request a one-time renewal of five years. This can only be done if the error was due to an administrative error in the implementation of the evaluation system.
Renewal Resources for Louisiana Educators
Below are resources that could be used by educators to assist in pursuing required professional learning. The links lead to courses that can earn credits for the renewal of a teaching license.