Louisiana Alternate Route Program

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 exam (5204).

If you test in Louisiana, your score report will be sent automatically to the Louisiana Department of Education. If you test outside of Louisiana, select the Louisiana Department of Education (state code 7330) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood PK–3 Teaching Reading 5204 157
Elementary Education 1–5 Teaching Reading 5204 157
All Special Education Areas Teaching Reading 5204 157

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


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