Louisiana has lots of different opportunities and pathways to becoming a teacher. You can choose to follow options that require a bachelor’s degree, or even programs that accept an associate’s or high school diploma.

If you’re following the traditional teacher program, you’ll need to receive a bachelor’s of arts or science that concentrates on education. If you’ve received a bachelor’s degree, but have not specifically studied education, there are a few alternative options available for you. With the Practitioner Teacher Program, you’ll be required to complete coursework and on the job training. For Certification Only, you can work full time or part time while you receive your certification. Teachers with master’s degrees have the option to follow the Master’s Degree Program, which can be completed full time or part time. For those that would like to receive an associate’s degree as well as certification, there are five community colleges in the state of Louisiana that offer the new Associate of Science in Teaching degree. This degree will provide you with a good educational foundation for teaching. If you’d like to become certified, but lack the educational credentials to do so, you can complete a paraprofessional program that allows you to work with children in schools with only a high school diploma. All prospective teachers will be required to take a Praxis exam.

New Orleans, Louisiana is home to one of the largest public school systems in the country, New Orleans Public Schools. Louisiana also boasts the Jefferson Parish School Board, which is in the top 100 largest school districts as well. Large populations in Louisiana can be found in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Metairie. If you’d like to find a teaching job in these or any other Louisiana school systems, visit Teach Louisiana, where you can search for jobs and post an application.

Louisiana licensure is structured on three levels of Educational Leader Certificates. In Level 1, you’ll be required to enroll in a two-year Educational Leader Induction Program and complete it within three years. Level 2 certificate holders must earn a passing score on the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) School Leader Portfolio Assessment. To renew this license, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 150 units of professional development over a five year period. At Level 3, which is the Superintendent level, you’ll need to have five years of successful experience at the level of Principal or above, earn a passing score on the School Superintendent Assessment, earn a passing score on the ISLLC School Leader Portfolio Assessment, and a minimum of 150 units of professional development over a five year period.

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