Become a Teacher in Louisiana


Louisiana Department of Education

P.O. Box 94064 Baton Rouge, LA 70804

(877) 453-2721

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            Earn Your Louisiana Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. 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: 1/06/2015

            To earn your Louisiana teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Louisiana issues three levels of teacher certification. The beginning Level 1 Professional Certificate is valid for three years.  The Level 2 Professional Certificate, renewable every five years, is issued to teachers with at least three years of experience who have passed the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program (LaTAAP). The Level 3 Professional Certificate is issued to teachers with five years of experience in their area of certification who have passed the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program (LaTAAP) and completed a Master’s degree. Learn more here about getting your Teaching Credential in Louisiana.

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            Prerequisite Coursework in Louisiana

            All states require at least a Bachelor’s degree to teach. Louisiana  requires a certification area of focus, education coursework, field experience and student teaching.  Louisiana requires 180 hours of field experiences, and one semester of student teaching or internship in a school as part of any teacher preparation program.

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            Required Tests for Louisiana

            Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Skills as well as in the desired Subject Area. Louisiana requires the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) for Basic Skills, and the Praxis II: Subject Tests and Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) for Subject Area competence.

            You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

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            Louisiana Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area.  A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Louisiana can be found here.

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            Alternate Teacher Certification in Louisiana

            Louisiana has several routes to a Practitioner License which can allow a teacher to work in the classroom for up to three years (with annual renewal) while they complete an approved licensing program. The Practitioner Teacher program combines intensive coursework – 21 to 33 credit hours depending on the area you plan to teach -- with full-time teaching. The Master’s Degree Alternate Certification Program requires 33 to 39 credit hours combined with teaching. The Certification-Only program can be completed face-to-face or online and does not require a full-time commitment. It does require 80 contact hours of classroom readiness training. For more information about different types of certification, visit the Teach Louisiana certification page.

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            Certification Reciprocity in Louisiana

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Louisiana, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Louisiana Department of Education.

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            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Louisiana

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master’s in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.

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            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Louisiana residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.

            Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree.

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            Louisiana Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Louisiana makes $47,310 per year, which is 119% of the state average income. Additionally, Louisiana provides differential pay for teachers willing to work in high demand districts and in shortage subjects. Salaries in Louisiana vary by parish, but the Louisiana Department of Education provides a very user-friendly salary look-up tool which makes it easy to find salaries of teachers all over Louisiana.

            Learn more about Teacher Salaries and Benefits (Link #to Why Teach? page)

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            Louisiana Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Louisiana teachers become vested in the state retirement system after 10 years of service. Employees are allowed to retire at age 60 after 10 years of service, age 55 after 25 years of service, or any age after 30 years of service.The employee required contributions to the Louisiana State Retirements Employees Agency is currently 7.5% of the gross salary. The state also contributes 15.8% to the teacher’s retirement fund. Other benefits include health insurance, paid holidays, sick and annual leave, and promotional opportunities. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a teacher in Louisiana, check out the Summary of Louisiana Teacher Benefits.

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            Professional Development for Teachers in Louisiana

            Louisiana follows the National Staff’s Development Council’s standards for Staff Development. This council is widely recognized as a leader in the field of professional development.. The standards are based on three questions: What are the students expected to know and be able to do? What are teachers expected to know and be able to do to ensure student success? Where must staff development focus to meet both of these goals? The Louisiana Staff’s Development Council is a branch of this council, and goes into more detail on their Professional Development Page.

            Louisiana also requires novice teachers to complete and pass the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program (LaTAAP), which includes a two-year period of mentoring and assessment which evaluates the teacher’s knowledge of his/her subject area and classroom management skills.

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            Louisiana Teaching Jobs

            The State Of Louisiana Department of Education’s website aims to develop and administer human resources information for easy access by current and prospective teachers. The state also maintains the site Teach Louisiana which lists teaching vacancies, certification requirements, and more information on how to become a teacher in Louisiana.

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            Louisiana Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Louisiana Department of Education Teach Louisiana - Certification and Job Information Summary of Louisiana Teacher Benefits