April 16, 2018

Louisiana Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $40,253
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $35,620

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Louisiana schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Louisiana teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Louisiana-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Louisiana Approved Teacher and Educational Leader Preparation Program Providers
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see Alternate Teacher Preparation.


For teacher certification in Louisiana, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Louisiana has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Louisiana Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Louisiana for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Louisiana Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Louisiana Department of Education
Division of Certification, Leadership, and Preparation
P. O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Or you can call at 1-877-453-2721.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Louisiana teacher certification process:

Louisiana Department of Education
Teach Louisiana