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Louisiana Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Louisiana but already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state to expedite the typical four-year process. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: Practitioner Teacher Program

Program Mission and Overview
The Practitioner Teacher Program in Louisiana is available at participating universities throughout the state and consists of intensive coursework and hands-on teaching. Those who enter this program must complete nine to 12 hours of coursework and a 12-credit-hour internship and also attend two seminars. Prospective teachers who complete all coursework and requirements earn a Practitioner License 1 at the start of the program and can earn a Professional License after successful completion of the program.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Individuals who enroll in a college or university preparation program may have a 2.2 GPA but must graduate with a 2.5 GPA to qualify for certification.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I test. An ACT score of 22 or an SAT combined score of 1030 may be substituted for this test.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content area test

Interested candidates must apply for the program through a state-approved institution.

Financial Information
Tuition costs and fees vary by institution. Candidates can apply for financial aid through the institution of choice in the form of scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans.

Program Name: Master’s Degree Program

Program Mission and Overview
This certification is available to those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another subject and would like to pursue a master’s degree in teaching in addition to earning a teaching certificate. Candidates complete necessary coursework, classroom readiness training and a teaching internship. The program consists of approximately 33 to 39 credits of coursework at approved institutions. Some candidates may work in a Louisiana school while they complete the program.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I test. Candidates who scored a 22 or higher on the ACT or had a combined SAT verbal and math score of 1030 may forego this exam.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content area test.
  • Meet any other requirements set by the individual institution.

Interested candidates can apply through a state-approved institution of their choice.

Financial Information
The cost of this program varies depending on the university. Financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans are available to many students.

Program Name: Certification-Only Program

Program Mission and Overview
This program is designed for candidates who would like a teaching certificate but are not interested in earning a master’s degree or working in the school system full time. The Certification-Only Program is offered by private and public institutions across the state and offers the flexibility of on-campus and online courses. Those who enter this program must complete college-level coursework and a teaching internship for a total of 27 to 33 credit hours. The program can be completed in up to three years. Candidates must take nine credits per year to remain active in the program.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher. A 2.2 GPA is acceptable for candidates who complete the program through a college or university. A 2.5 program GPA Is required for certification.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I test, score a 22 or higher on the ACT, or score a combined math and verbal SAT of 1030.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content area test.
  • Apply through an approved institution.

Financial Information
Costs for this program vary depending on the institution candidates choose to attend. Scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans are all options to fund this certification program.

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