The Louisiana Department of Education issues two types of administrative certificates: Educational Leadership, Level 1 for Principals and Educational Leadership, Level 2 for Superintendents.
Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Louisiana.
Level 1: You must pass the Praxis II School Leaders Licensure Assessment
Level 2: You must pass the Praxis II School Superintendent Assessment
Level 1: You must have at least five years of full-time teaching experience in a Louisiana school system at the level in which you wish to become a principal (i.e., elementary or secondary). You must also have a valid Level 3 Professional Teaching Certificate.
Level 2: You must have at least five years of full-time experience as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, supervisor of instruction, principal, or assistant principal in a Louisiana school system. You must also have a valid Level 3 Professional Teaching Certificate.
Use the Application for Certification Update packet to apply for both types of leadership certificates. Attach a copy of all Louisiana teaching and/or administrative certificates you have, along with Praxis II scores and official college transcripts. Do not forget your application fee. Mail all of this information to Louisiana Department of Education, Attention: Certification, P. O. Box 94064, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.
Prior to being hired into an administrative position at a Louisiana school district, you must undergo both national and state–level criminal background checks through the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Your school district will provide you with fingerprinting forms/cards and instructions on where to go for fingerprinting. You will not be allowed to work with children until both reports are cleared.
For more information on educational leadership preparatory programs in Louisiana, contact the colleges and universities offering them.
For more information on administrative certification in Louisiana, contact the Certification Division at 1-877-453-2721.