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Louisiana Alternate Route Program

Louisiana Department of Education

There are three alternate routes leading to educator certification in Louisiana, including:

  • practitioner teacher program
  • master's degree program
  • certification-only program

For more information about Louisiana's alternate route programs, visit Teach Louisiana's Alternate Teacher Preparation page.

Alternate Certification

Candidates pursuing alternate routes for licensure must satisfy the same testing requirements as candidates in the traditional program.

All candidates entering an alternate route early childhood PK–3, elementary 1–5, or special education certification program must demonstrate proficiency in the State Board's Reading Competencies through either the required reading course credit hours or by passing the Praxis® Teaching Reading: K–12 exam (5206).

If you test in Louisiana at a testing center, your score report will be sent automatically to the Louisiana Department of Education. If you test using the Praxis tests at home solution in Louisiana, or outside of Louisiana at a testing center, your scores are NOT automatically sent to the Louisiana Department of Education. If you test using the Praxis tests at home solution in Louisiana, or outside of Louisiana at a testing center, you must select the Louisiana Department of Education (state code 7330) as a score recipient when you register. For all methods of testing, you also must select the Louisiana Department of Education (state code 7330) each time you complete an additional score report request.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood PK–3 Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *
Elementary Education 1–5 Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *
Special Education (All Areas) Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin.

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