Louisiana Teacher Certification:
If you have a bachelor's degree, teaching experience, or relevant work experience, you may be eligible for an alternative pathway to a teaching license.
In the practitioner program applicants actually work as teachers in the classroom while completing 21 to 30 credits of course work in education.
This program is gruelling. Teaching full-time and taking college courses at the same time leaves no time or energy for life's other responsibilities.
If you think you can handle the college course load and the stress of teaching real students every day, this is the most streamlined path to Louisiana teacher certification.
Streamlined because it puts you in the classroom immediately as you work toward licensure.
Another option is to return to college for your master's degree and teaching certificate.
This program may be best for those who have a bachelor's degree in a subject area other than education.
A third alternative pathway awards a teaching license but no master's degree.
This option may be best for candidates seeking a second area of certification or for those who already have a master's.
To qualify for a teaching license in Louisiana, a candidate must have a teaching degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Several online schools offer degree programs that may qualify graduates to teach in Louisiana.
Wester Governor's is always worth a look for the high quality and low cost of its programs.
But Phoenix offers a wider selection of academic disciplines.
To find the right program for you, you must contact both the Louisiana Department of Education AND the online degree program of your choice.
Working together with these two institutions is your best path to a career in teaching in Louisiana.