Overview of Louisiana Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Certification
For certification in Louisiana, all candidates must:
- Earn a baccalaureate degree.
- Complete a state-approved educator preparation program at a college or university OR
- Complete one of Louisiana's alternative certification routes.
- Pass The Praxis Series™ tests for their certification area.
- Submit the appropriate application forms and fees.
Applicants can visit Teach Louisiana for specific certification requirements.
- The state of Louisiana uses Social Security numbers to process certification requests. If you choose not to provide this number, your scores will not be electronically reported to the Louisiana Department of Education's certification database. Your certification will be delayed, requiring you to provide your original, hard-copy score report.
ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format that will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. For tests available in both formats (paper and computer), the computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
- Art: Content Knowledge (5134) — February 2013
- Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) — September 2012
- Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) — December 2012
- Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) — September 2012
- Family and Consumer Sciences (5121) — December 2012
- General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) — September 2012
- Library Media Specialist (5311) — February 2013
- Music: Content Knowledge (5113)* — February 2013
- Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) — September 2012
- School Superintendent Assessment (6021)* — December 2012
* This test is not available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.
Who Must Take the Tests?
All teacher candidates applying for initial licensure are required to:
- Pass Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests in reading, writing and mathematics (or meet the requirements of one of the State Board-approved options listed below)
- Pass Praxis II® Subject Assessments, Principles of Learning and Teaching or specific pedagogy exam(s)
Candidates pursuing alternate routes for licensure must satisfy the same testing requirements as candidates in the traditional program.
Persons holding a valid Louisiana educator license who wish to qualify for additional areas of licensure must submit acceptable scores on the Praxis II assessments (when applicable) for the areas desired and grade-level-appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching or specific pedagogy exam(s).
For information on the requirements for specific add-on endorsements, visit the Teach Louisiana Teacher Certification Center.
- If an applicant has completed an out-of-state educator preparation program and held or is eligible for a standard educator license/certificate in another state, he/she may qualify for issuance of a Louisiana Out-of-State (OS) Certificate (valid for a 3-year period and not renewable).
- The OS certificate provides a transition period that permits the holder to be employed in Louisiana K–12 schools while he/she complies with Louisiana Praxis I and Praxis II requirements or meets Praxis™ exclusion eligibility requirements. (For information on exclusion requirements, visit Teach Louisiana — Bulletin 746.)
- About the Praxis™ Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities