Alternative teacher certification programs are usually designed for individuals who want to pursue a career as a teacher but have a bachelor's degree that is outside of the field of education and otherwise wouldn't qualify for certification. Some alternative teacher certification programs will lead only to certification while others could lead to a master's degree. In this article, we will explore several Louisiana alternative teacher certification programs that will help you become a teacher in the state.
Louisiana Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers (Excluding Special Education) in Louisiana (2018)||$48,740 (Elementary School); $49,960 (Middle School); $51,810 (High School)*|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Field of Study||Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, and Praxis II content area exams|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Louisiana-Based Alternative Teacher Certification Programs
Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, offers an alternative teacher certification program that leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. This program features two concentrations areas: elementary education grades 1-5 and secondary education grades 6-12 with a subject area focus in biology, math, English, or special education, among other subjects. After you complete this program, you will meet Louisiana state Level 1 certification requirements for both general and special education. For admission into this program, you will need to hold a bachelor's degree and will need to take the Praxis I and II exam in your desired teaching area; however, the Praxis I exam can be waived if you meet a certain ACT or SAT score threshold.
Southeastern Louisiana University
In Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana University's alternative teacher certification program offers both a certification only and a master's degree option. The certification only program has options in secondary education grades 6-12, grades K-12, and early intervention special education. The certification programs require anywhere from 27-36 credits and student teaching experience. For admission, you must have a bachelor's degree and submit Praxis I and II scores. However, the Praxis I requirement could be waived if your SAT or ACT scores meet a minimum requirement or you already have a master's degree. This university also offers alternative teacher certification through the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, which features an elementary certification or an early intervention special education certification.
Loyola University New Orleans
If you already have a bachelor's degree in music and want to pursue a career in teaching music, then you may consider the alternative teacher certification program at Loyola University New Orleans. This program features two tracks, one in instrumental music and one in vocal music, and leads to Louisiana alternative teacher certification. Each track requires 33 credits, and you will take courses on the psychology of teaching music, music education methods, and teaching reading along with specific courses that relate to your chosen track. A teaching residency is also required. Application requirements include transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, Praxis I and II scores, and a personal statement.
Louisiana State University Shreveport
Louisiana State University Shreveport offers an alternative teacher certification program that features two concentrations: elementary education and secondary education. The elementary education option is a 33-credit-hour program while the secondary education option is a 30-credit-hour program that also allows you to specialize in a subject area - biology, chemistry, math, English, physics, or social studies. Both options require field experience. For admittance, you must hold a bachelor's degree and submit Praxis I and II scores. However, like other programs, Praxis I scores can be waived if you hold a graduate degree.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, you can earn alternative certification through the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, which offers an elementary education or an elementary French immersion concentration. Each is a 39-credit-hour program that includes coursework on teaching methodology, reading, and educational basics as well as a capstone project and field experiences. The French immersion option will allow you to teach French in elementary schools while the regular elementary education option will prepare you for teaching grade 1-5. For admissions you will need to complete some prerequisite coursework in addition to submitting Praxis I and II scores. For the French immersion option, you will also need to meet a French language proficiency standard.
Louisiana Teacher Resources
As Praxis I and II tests are usually required for admission to alternative teacher certification programs, we have put together some helpful resources to help you study for these tests.