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® tests for their certification area.
- Submit the appropriate application forms and fees.
Applicants can visit Teach Louisiana for specific certification requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
Who Must Take the Tests?
All teacher candidates applying for initial licensure are required to:
- Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests in reading, writing and mathematics (or meet the requirements of one of the State Board-approved options listed below)
- Pass Praxis content exams, 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 content exams (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 requirements or meets Praxis exclusion eligibility requirements. (For information on exclusion requirements, visit Teach Louisiana — Bulletin 746.)
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs