Requirements for Emergency Teacher Certification in Louisiana

Dec 01, 2019

In order to combat the teaching shortage in Louisiana, it is possible to obtain an emergency permit, now called a Temporary Employment Permit, to become a teacher without fully completing the certification process. Here are the requirements for the Temporary Employment Permit.

Louisiana has a traditional route to becoming a teacher which includes a teacher preparation program, a bachelor's degree in education, and certification exams. However, like many states in the Union, Louisiana is subject to a shortage of teachers. In order to combat this problem, the state has set up several ways to attract potential teachers; one of these non-standard options is through emergency teacher certification.

Requirements for Emergency Teacher Certification in Louisiana

Average Salaries for Teachers in Louisiana (2018)* $48,740 (elementary); $49,960 (middle school); $51,810 (secondary school)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Any field
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)

Education Requirements to Obtain Emergency Teacher Certification in Louisiana

Step 1: Complete the Prerequisites Needed for Certification

The standard route for becoming a teacher in Louisiana is to enter into a teacher preparation program through one of the several higher educational entities throughout the state. This is a comprehensive program and includes general and specific coursework, an internship, and 180 hours of field work which leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Education.

The non-standard way pathway is to already have a bachelor's degree that is not in education and complete one of the three alternative track certification programs: a practitioner teacher program, a master's program, or a certification only program.

In each case, the final step for certification is the passage of the requisite Praxis exams. This is where the temporary employment permit comes into play. The permit is for those who have completed all prerequisites but have not yet passed the Praxis exams

Step 2: Obtain the Temporary Employment Permit

The TEP can only be issued if the hiring authority has no other applicant that is fully certified and available for the open position.

The applicant must have attempted the Praxis exams and not passed all the components, but have a collective score that is equal to or above the required score for the area of certification. All required documents are submitted to the Louisiana Department of Education, which then determines if the permit is to be issued.

If so, the Temporary Employment Permit is issued for one school year and is eligible for renewal for an additional three years. However, the holder is still required to pass the Praxis exams.

Step 3: Pass the Praxis Exams

The exams are broken down into two sections: the CORE tests and the additional licensure tests which include the grade level plus the 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

A combined test for computer delivered testing is available that will divide the scores among the specific sections. Since 2006, an SAT combined score of 1030 or an ACT composite score of 22 can be used in lieu of the base requirement tests. Having a master's degree can also allow you to bypass the CORE tests.

Additional licensure tests include:

  • Elementary School (Grades 1- 5 - Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades K-6, Code 5622, 160 qualifying score, and
  • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects, Code 5001:
    • Reading and Language Arts, Code 5002, 157 qualifying score
    • Mathematics Subtest, Code 5003, 157 qualifying score
    • Social Studies Subtest, Code 5004, 155 qualifying score, and
    • Science Subtest, Code 5005, 155 qualifying score
  • Middle School (Grades 5-9) - Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 5-9, Code 5623, 160 Qualifying Score, and any one or combination of:
    • Algebra 1, Code 5162, 157 qualifying score
    • Middle School English Language Arts, Code 5047, 164 qualifying score
    • Middle School Mathematics, Code 5169, 165 qualifying score
    • Middle School Science, Code 5440, 150 qualifying score
    • Middle School Social Studies, Code 5089, 149 qualifying score
  • Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) - Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 7-12, Code 5624, 157 Qualifying Score, and any one, or combination of:
    • Algebra I, Code 5162, 157 qualifying score
    • Biology: Content Knowledge, Code 5235, 150 qualifying score
    • Chemistry: Content Knowledge, Code 5245, 151 qualifying score
    • English Language Arts: Content Knowledge, Code 5039, 168 qualifying score
    • General Science: Content Knowledge, Code 5435, 156 qualifying score.
    • Mathematics: Content Knowledge, Code 5161, 160 qualifying score
    • Physics: Content Knowledge, Code 5265, 141 qualifying score
    • Social Studies: Content Knowledge, Code 5086, 160 qualifying score
    • Speech Communications: Content Knowledge, Code 5221, 146 qualifying score

Since the emergency permit is temporary, those wanting to continue teaching will need to pass all required testing.

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