If you want a career teaching in Louisiana, the first step is finding information about qualifying for a teaching certificate from the state. Being fully informed about the different ways to become an educator in Louisiana is the best starting point.
According to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), the minimal educational requirements include a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts that includes professional education, general education, a concentration area, and a minimum of 180 field hours of experience. All applicants must complete one semester of supervised teaching or school internship and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills and Principles of Learning exams.
There are three alternative educational routes that lead to a career as a certified teacher in Louisiana.
Louisiana teaching certification is issued in six grade divisions: PK-3, grades 1-5, grades 4-8, grades 6-12, special education and all-inclusive K-12. Teachers are required to demonstrate competency by passing the PRAXIS II subject assessment exam prior to certification. Teachers working under a Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) or one of the Practitioner programs are required to pass the PRAXIS Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST) to assess reading and writing skills.
Louisiana has multiple certification levels for teaching professionals. Louisiana teaching certification options are listed here:
In addition to the above certificate levels and teaching possibilities, Louisiana teaching certification in Higher Education and Leadership areas is available for special education supervisors, principals and district leadership personnel.
If you plan to teach a subject designated as a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) by the U.S. Department of Education, you might be eligible for student loan deferment or cancellation. The following TSAs have been approved for Louisiana for the 2015-2016 school year:
A full and current list of TSAs for each state is available via the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.
Louisiana participates in a teaching license reciprocity agreement with the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). When you apply for a teaching certificate in one state using an existing license from another, the “destination state” is actually recognizing your credentials as verification that you are qualified to teach. You must still meet all requirements before you can teach there.
Fortunately, the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement for Educator Licensure streamlines this application process and expedites the goal of teaching in your new state. For more information, see Teaching License Reciprocity Explained.
Disclaimer: Licensing requirements are subject to change. Please visit your state board of education to check for recent revisions to teaching license requirements.
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