Learn how to become a teacher in Louisiana (or administrator). Choose the description of certification you are most interested in or situation that best describes you:
|Avg. Elem. Teacher Salary||$46,530|
|Avg. Sec. Teacher Salary||$48,090|
|Teacher Retention (?)||94%|
|Average Admin. Salary||$71,770|
Investing in our future is vitally important and strangely difficult. In order to fight oppression from the greedy and power-hungry elite, to better our ways of life with advancing technology, and to increase our country's overall views toward the concept of acceptance, we need education to be a priority. Learn how you can be a spoke in this terribly important wheel. See how Louisiana measures up to the rest of the country by viewing the percentage of state revenue going toward education in each state. (see State Education Spending vs. Overall State Revenue).
Louisiana’s public school systems are showing a commitment to integrating education with hands-on exposure to applied science and civic involvement. The Tangipahoa Parish School System has recently submitted a request for court approval to build an agriscience facility that will house a variety of animals. The facility will serve the Ponchatoula High School agriscience program, allowing students the ability to gain real-world experience in animal laboratory science activities.
The project will include a space allocated for gardening to support the study of agriculture, with the vegetables produced being donated to local food banks and homeless shelters. The food production program is modeled after similar programs piloted by two Louisiana elementary schools in which community gardens have been established to provide students and their families with fresh produce. Find schools offering teaching certification programs in Louisiana.
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The Louisiana Department of Education Division of Certification, Preparation & Recruitment (877-453-2721) expects its teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree, at minimum, awarded by an approved teacher preparation program in the state.
If you graduate from a teacher preparation program at a school in another state, Louisiana will accept the program given that your school is regionally accredited by one of the accreditation agencies listed here.If you graduate from a teacher preparation program in another country, your academic credentials must be evaluated by one of the following foreign credential evaluation agencies:
The Louisiana Department of Education offers three different types of teacher certifications based upon your qualifications:
For a synopsis of Louisiana’s examination requirements for teachers, go to the Praxis website.Basic skills testing:
In order to meet the criteria for Level 1 Professional Teaching Certification, you do not need any classroom teaching experience beyond your college’s mandatory practicum and your student teaching internship that follows. All approved teacher preparation programs in Louisiana that lead to a Level 1 Professional Teaching Certificate require students to fulfill the requisite classroom student teaching experience.
You may be asked to prepare and apply lesson plans, lead the class, and assist the classroom teacher in various day-to-day duties during your student teaching internship. At its conclusion, your performance will be assessed by your mentoring classroom teacher and/or university/college representatives before you are allowed to move forward with the certification process.
After fulfilling all education, examination, and experience requirements, you are ready to apply for Level 1 Professional Teaching Certification in Louisiana. Your teacher preparation program’s certification official will provide you with the correct application packet to use. Along with your application, you must submit the following information:
On all correspondence mailed to the certification department, include the following:
Send all applications and documentation to: Louisiana Department of Education, Attention: Certification, P. O. Box 94064, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.
You should receive notification from the Certification Division within 10 to 15 days of their receipt of your application and all materials. You may check the status of your application at any time by clicking here.
You do not have to undergo a criminal history background check for Louisiana teacher certification; however, before a Louisiana school district will hire you, you must submit to a criminal history background check. Because of the Louisiana Child Protection Act of 1995, all Louisiana teachers must undergo both state and federal (FBI) criminal background checks. This entails submitting fingerprints. For more information on criminal background checks in Louisiana, contact the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information, P.O. Box 66614, A-6, Baton Rouge, LA 70896 – 6614 or phone them at 225-925-6095.
Contact Louisiana state-approved teacher preparation program providers for more information on their programs.
Contact the Certification Division of the Louisiana Department of Education at 1-877-453-2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on teacher certification in Louisiana.
**Teacher Retention Sources - U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education, Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999–2000 (“Public School Teacher Questionnaire,” “Private School Teacher Questionnaire,” and “Public Charter School Teacher Questionnaire”), and 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey (“Questionnaire for Current Teachers” and “Questionnaire for Former Teachers,” Table 1.01). Washington, DC.
State estimations based on analysis by Richard Ingersoll, Professor of Education and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, from the National Center for Education Statistics Student and Staffing Survey, and therefore include a slight margin of error.