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To become a certified teacher in Louisiana, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Louisiana Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Coursework for teacher certification in Louisiana varies with different state-approved teacher preparation programs.

Louisiana Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Lousiana is coming soon!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Lousiana, visit our Louisiana Teacher Scholarships page.

Louisiana Required Tests

Basic Skills Test

The Louisiana Department of Education requires all teaching candidates to pass and complete the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) to enter into a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certificate

176
175
175

Praxis I: Reading, and
Praxis I: Writing, and
Praxis I: Mathematics

PPST is required for all teaching certificates

As of September 2006, an ACT score of 22 and/or a SAT verbal/math score of 1030 may be used to substitute PPST scores in the state of Louisiana.

Content Tests

The Louisiana Department of Education requires all teaching candidates to pass and complete the Praxis II Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) and Praxis II Subject Tests in their area(s) of specialization.

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certificate

150
157

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge, and
PLT: Early Childhood

Early Childhood, PK-3

150
160

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
and PLT: Grades K-6

Elementary Education, 1-5


160
160
148
150
149

PLT: Grades 5-9 and (1) one of the following:
Middle School English Languages Arts, or
Middle School Mathematics, or
Middle School Science, or
Middle School Social Studies

Middle School, 4-8

157

PLT: Grades 7-12. Please visit LA’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of available Secondary content assessments

Secondary Education, 6-12

Praxis Requirements for Special Education Certification

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certificate

145
157
150

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
PLT: Early Childhood
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

Early Interventionist, Birth-5 Years

145
160
150

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

Hearing Impaired, K-12

153

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications, and
[Core-subject exam appropriate to content]

Mild/Moderate Disabilities 1-2
-and-
General & Special Education: Mild/Moderate 1;5; 4-8; 6-12

153
150

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Severe to Profound Applications
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

Significant Disabilities, 1-12

145
150

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

Visual Impairments/Blind, K-12

Louisiana Certification Reciprocity

Lousiana will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Louisiana Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Louisiana Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Lousiana provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Lousiana has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Lousiana makes $46,530
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Lousiana makes $48,090
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Lousiana makes 119% of the salary of the average worker in Lousiana
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Lousiana receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

TeachLouisiana

TeachLouisiana provides potential teachers with an interactive Q&A tool that offers candidates a comprehensive explanation of the application process, individually tailored to their background and level of certification.

Teach LA Talent Recruitment System

The Louisiana DOE’s Talent Recruitment System provides teachers with access to job vacancies within Louisiana parishes/local schools. After registering for an account, teachers are able to contact specific districts directly and are notified of job vacancies that match their background, certification(s) and teaching experience.

Louisiana Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Louisiana.

Contact Information

Louisiana Department of Education
1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
(225) 342-6975 – Email

Louisiana Department of Education

Division of Certification, Preparation & Recruitment
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804
Toll-Free: (877) 453-2127

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