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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