A teacher shortage occurs when there are not enough teachers in key subject areas, which has been partly caused by years of teacher layoffs during the Great Recession, a growing student population and fewer people entering teacher preparation programs, according to the Learning Policy Institute.
The following is a list of teacher shortage areas in Louisiana for the 2016-17 school year as reported by the U.S. Department of Education. ( see page 65)
Early Childhood Education (Pre-K–K)
Elementary Education (Grades 1–5)
Middle and Secondary Education
Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Louisiana
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To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Louisiana, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Step Four: Submit a Louisiana teaching credential application.
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Earn Your Louisiana Teaching Credential
To earn your Louisiana teaching credential you will have to complete required 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 and ce who have passed the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program (LaTAAP), a two-year period of mentoring and assessment that evaluates the teacher’s knowledge of his/her subject area and classroom management skills. 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.
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.
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 can be found on the Louisiana Department of Education’s preparation page.
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Alternative 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—18 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.
It is no longer enough to only have years of experience teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, teachers are almost solely evaluated by their success in the classroom. A master’s degree in the field of education 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 may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.
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 Teach.com reciprocity page or go to the Louisiana Department of Education’s out-of-state applicants page for more information.
In Louisiana, teachers earned an average of $51,381 per year in 2012-13, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Additionally, Louisiana provides differential pay for teachers willing to work in high demand districts and in shortage subjects. Salaries in Louisiana vary by parish, for more information go to Louisiana Department of Education’s Workforcepage.
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 Employees’ Retirement System is currently 8 7.5 percent of the gross salary. The state also contributes 15.8 percent 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 or read more about benefits for teachers on Teach.com.
Professional Development for Teachers in Louisiana
Louisiana follows the National Staff 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 Development Council is a branch of this council and standards reflect the unique needs and challenges of Louisiana teachers.