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Louisiana Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $48,430
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $49,800
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 12/18/2016

This page is sponsored by our partner Rossier Online, a master level teaching degree program delivered online that enables you to earn a Master’s degree and teaching credential. Learn more about how the University of Southern California can help you become a transformative teacher in Louisiana.

To become a certified teacher in Louisiana, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Louisiana teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.

Step One: Louisiana Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Coursework for teacher certification in Louisiana varies with different state-approved teacher preparation programs.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with USC Rossier School of Education.

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Master’s Requirements

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Louisiana Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to Louisiana, visit our Louisiana Teacher Scholarships page. Go to the Louisiana Department of Education’s Preparation page for more information.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Individuals who have a Bachelor of Arts or Science without the required education courses and experiences can pursue one of three alternative routes to certification. Visit the Louisiana Department of Education for more information about alternative certification.

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Step Three: Louisiana Required Tests

Basic Skills Test

The Louisiana Department of Education requires all teaching candidates to pass and complete the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) to enter into a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Basic Skills Test
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certificate
156 
162 
150
Praxis I: Reading, and
Praxis I: Writing, and
Praxis I: Mathematics
PPST is required for all teaching certificates

An ACT score of 22 and/or a SAT verbal/math score of 1030 may be used to substitute PPST scores in the state of Louisiana.

Content Tests

The Louisiana Department of Education requires all teaching candidates to pass and complete the Praxis II Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) and Praxis II Subject Tests in their area(s) of specialization.

Content Tests
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certificate
163 
157
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge, and
PLT: Early Childhood
Early Childhood, PK-3
163 
160
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
and PLT: Grades K-6
Elementary Education, 1-5

164 
165 
150 
149 
PLT: Grades 5-9 and (1) one of the following:
Middle School English Languages Arts, or
Middle School Mathematics, or
Middle School Science, or
Middle School Social Studies
Middle School, 4-8
157 PLT: Grades 7-12. Please visit LA’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of available Secondary content assessments Secondary Education, 6-12

Praxis Requirements for Special Education Certification 

Praxis Requirements for Special Education Certification
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certificate
159 
157
163
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
PLT: Early Childhood
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Early Interventionist, Birth-5 Years
145
160
163
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Hearing Impaired, K-12
153

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications, and
[Core-subject exam appropriate to content]
Mild/Moderate Disabilities 1-2
-and-
General & Special Education: Mild/Moderate 1;5; 4-8; 6-12
153
163
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Severe to Profound Applications
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Significant Disabilities, 1-12
145
163
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Visual Impairments/Blind, K-12

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Step Four: Louisiana Application Requirements

TeachLouisiana

TeachLouisiana provides potential teachers with an interactive Q&A tool that offers candidates a comprehensive explanation of the application process, individually tailored to their background and level of certification.

Teach LA Talent Recruitment System

The Louisiana DOE’s Talent Recruitment System provides teachers with access to job vacancies within Louisiana parishes/local schools. After registering for an account, teachers are able to contact specific districts directly and are notified of job vacancies that match their background, certification(s) and teaching experience.

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Louisiana Certification Reciprocity

Louisiana accepts teaching credentials from other states. Contact the Louisiana Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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Louisiana Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Louisiana provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high-needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Louisiana has strong induction policies in place which include professional development, training, and mentoring programs
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary:  $48,300
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $49,800 ,090
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Louisiana Certification Resources & Links

1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
(877) 453-2127

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