Emergency Teacher Certification in Louisiana

Emergency teacher certification is an alternate pathway for those interested in teaching to receive certification. Discover the requirements needed for this certificate in Louisiana, such as education and exams. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Louisiana Emergency Teacher Certification Information

Emergency teacher certification is typically given to qualifying applicants to help address a teacher shortage in the state. In Louisiana, prospective teachers can start teaching quickly by obtaining a practitioner license from the Board of Education. Read below to learn about the specific requirements for this license.

Education Required Bachelor's degree in non-education field with state-approved teacher preparation program
Exam Requirements Praxis Core basic skills test
Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching
Praxis subject area exams
Certificate Renewal Period One year; can be renewed annually for maximum of three years
Requirements for Renewal 6 semester hours or equivalent (Practitioner 1)
9 semester hours (Practitioner 2 or 3)
Average Salary (2018) $50,540 (kindergarten teachers)
$48,740 (elementary school)
$49,960 (middle school)
$53,820 (high school)*
Estimated National Job Growth (2016-2026) 7% (all elementary school teachers)
8% (all middle and high school teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Meet Education and Training Requirements

All prospective teachers applying for a Practitioner License through an alternate pathway must have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. They must also enroll in a teacher preparation program that has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Education; there are three options to complete this requirement.

Those who have employment as a full-time teacher can receive the Practitioner 1 License by enrolling in a state-approved Practitioner Teacher Program, which includes intensive coursework in areas such as classroom management and education methods.

Those who do not have a full-time teaching position can choose to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program that leads to a certificate (for the Practitioner 2 License) or leads to a master's degree (for the Practitioner 3 License). Both options include a blend of coursework and fieldwork as a student teacher.

Complete Exam Requirements

Prospective teachers in an alternate teaching preparation program must take and pass the Praxis Core exams in reading, writing, and mathematics. The Louisiana Board of Education accepts the ACT (minimum score of 22) or SAT (minimum score of 1030) in place of the Praxis Core. Those who choose to complete a master's degree program may be exempt from this requirement.

All prospective teachers must take the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam for the grade level they plan to teach. For example, those planning to teach elementary school should take the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam for grades K-6.

One content exam covering the teacher's subject area is also required. For example, those who wish to teach history in grades 4-8 should take the Middle School Social Studies content exam.

Fulfill Renewal Requirements

Each Practitioner License is valid for one year and can be renewed annually for up to three years as teachers complete their requirements. To renew the Practitioner 1 License, teachers must show progress in their state-approved program by completing at least six semester hours or the equivalent. Those who have either the Practitioner 2 or Practitioner 3 License must complete nine semester hours in their state-approved program.

Obtain Professional Certification

All above requirements must be completed in three years. After three years of full-time employment with a Practitioner License, all teachers must apply for one of the Professional Certificates (starting at level 1).

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