Louisiana Alternative Certification Programs

(found programs from 23 schools)

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the state of Louisiana has been experiencing teacher shortages in almost all subjects and at all grade levels for more than 10 years. In particular, teachers are needed for the arts, early childhood, elementary education, English, foreign languages, math, science, social studies, and special education. Louisiana currently employs over 55,000 teachers, and approximately 10 percent of these teachers entered the profession through one of Louisiana's several alternate certification programs according to data available at the National Center for Alternative Certification. These programs include the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path to Certification, the Master's Degree Program, the Non-Master's/Certification-Only Program, and the Practitioner Teacher Program. These programs are offered at both public and private universities all over the state, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette.

If you have a gift for working with those with special needs, you may want to consider the Practitioner Teacher Program. This program began as a pilot in the 2001-2002 school year and was fully implemented in the summer of 2002. This program covers all grades from elementary school up through high school, and specifically trains teachers of special education students. Since 2001, more than 1,100 educators have completed this program and gone on to teach in underserved school districts within New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Additionally, a 2008 study found that PTP teachers were equally effective or more effective than teachers who obtained certification through the traditional process.

If your interests are more general, you can enter the Non-Master's/Certification-Only Program as long as you've earned a minimum grade point average of 2.20 in your bachelor's program and have passing scores on the basic state skills test and subject area specific test. This program requires only 27 hours in coursework in addition to six hours of student-teaching assignments or internships.

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