Online Alternative Teacher Certification in Louisiana

The traditional route to teacher certification in Louisiana is through a bachelor's degree with a teacher preparation program, but alternative certification methods are available. Some of these alternative programs are offered online. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Louisiana Alternative Teaching Certification Overview

Alternative teaching certification in Louisiana is available for those who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-education field. These aspiring teachers can complete state-approved programs that will train them in teaching and allow them to get a Louisiana teaching certificate. Some of these approved programs are in-person, but there are a number of them offered online.

Education Required Bachelor's degree; teacher preparation program or alternate route option
Exams Required Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators;
Praxis Subject Assessments (based on content area)
License Validity Period Three years (level 1)
Renewal Requirements Employment in a school district or six college credits
Mean Salary (2018) $32,290 (preschool)
$50,540 (kindergarten)
$48,740 (elementary school)
$49,960 (middle school)
$51,810 (high school)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026, nationwide) 10% (preschool)
7% (kindergarten and elementary school)
8% (middle and high school)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Enroll in an Alternative Certification Program

To get into an alternative certification program, you'll need to have at least a bachelor's degree. Alternate certifications in Louisiana are available through three types of programs:

  • Combined master's degree and teaching certification
  • Certification-only program
  • The Practitioner Teacher Program (coursework and full-time teaching)

The specific requirements will depend on the program to which you are applying. The Louisiana State Department of Education offers a list of state-approved teacher preparation programs on its website. This list includes post-baccalaureate programs, which is where you'll want to look if you're seeking alternate teaching certification. Some of these are completely online programs. There are also various programs that have the option to do some of the classes online.

Types of Alternative Certificate Programs

There are programs offered through specific teacher training institutions and traditional universities. One teacher certification program, iTeach Louisiana, offers classes completely online for teacher certification. Students can complete them at their own speed, whenever and wherever they want. After students complete four classes through the program, they can apply for teaching jobs and get paid during their year-long residency.

Various universities throughout the state also offer online programs, either to get a master's degree in education or just a teaching certificate. Master's degree programs will require more credit hours than certificate-only programs. Programs require a two-semester classroom internship in Louisiana, and candidates are generally responsible for securing a position.

Testing Requirements for Alternative Certification

No matter what program you apply to, you'll most likely have to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills exams in reading, writing and math, and the subject assessment for the areas you want to teach. These tests are also required for teachers seeking certification through the traditional route. Louisiana also accepts ACT scores of 22 or more, or SAT scores of 1030 or more (on reading and math) instead of the Praxis Core exam. The costs of the Praxis exams vary, but prices and registration information can be found online. Admission into master's degree programs may require minimum scores on the General Record Examinations (GRE).

Certification Process

Once you complete your alternate teacher preparation program in Louisiana, you can apply for your certification through the Louisiana Department of Education's online portal. The fee is $50 and can be paid online. During the alternative teacher program, candidates will be issued a practitioner license, valid for only one year (renewable for up to three years) and contingent upon further completion of the training program.

Once complete, candidates upgrade to a level 1 professional certificate. This certification is valid for three years and may be renewed once for an additional three years; the employed teacher must request renewal through their employing district. If they are not employed, they must complete six relevant semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited university.

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