How to Become a Teacher in Louisiana

Louisiana’s K-12 student population was 703,390 during the 2011-2012 school year, 52% of which identified themselves as minorities. In 2011, there were 46,136 teachers serving these students, so the need for teachers of varied backgrounds is growing in this state. The following article will detail the steps necessary to become a Louisiana certified teacher.

Education Requirements

Those who hope to become a teacher in Louisiana must meet all educational requirements as defined by the Louisiana Department of Education. All prospective Louisiana educators must have a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university or through an approved alternative teacher certification program.

Louisiana Teaching Certification

To qualify for initial certification, all Louisiana educators must hold a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, pass the required teaching tests, and submit all necessary forms and fees. Alternate teaching preparation programs are also available to college graduates with non-education backgrounds who want to become teachers.

Required Tests

To become a teacher in the state of Louisiana, educators must pass all three parts of the pre-professional skills test that covers reading, writing, and mathematics. Additional testing is required to teach certain concentration areas.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state applicants who want to teach in Louisiana must follow the guidelines of the Out-of-State Application Packet. Those who hold a standard out-of-state teaching certificate may be eligible for a three-year certificate to teach in Louisiana. During this probationary period, educators will need to complete any state-required educational or testing requirements.

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Capital Area Technical College

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3250 North Acadian Thruway East
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 359-9201

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Centenary College of Louisiana

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2911 Centenary Boulevard
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
(318) 869-5011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Grambling State University

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403 Main Street
Grambling, LA 71245
(318) 247-3811

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Louisiana College

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1140 College Dr
Pineville, LA 71359
(318) 487-7011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2750
(225) 578-3202

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

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One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115-2399
(318) 797-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Louisiana Tech University

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305 Wisteria
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Loyola University New Orleans

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6363 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118-6143
(504) 865-2011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

McNeese State University

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4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 475-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Nicholls State University

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University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux, LA 70310
(877) 642-4655

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002
(318) 357-6011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Southeastern Louisiana University

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548 Ned McGehee Ave.
Hammond, LA 70402
(985) 549-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Southern University and A & M College

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3rd Floor, J.S. Clark Adm. Building, P.O. Box 9374
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
(225) 771-4500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503
(377) 482-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Louisiana at Monroe

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700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209-0000
(318) 342-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of New Orleans

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2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
(888) 514-4275

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Xavier University of Louisiana

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One Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125-1098
(504) 486-7411

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
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