Master`s Degree Alternate Certification Program
Louisiana Approved Teacher Preparation Program Providers
A program that leads to teacher certification as well as a master’s degree.
Offers certification in Grades PK-3, 1-5, 4-8, 6-12, All-level K-12 (art, dance, foreign language, health and physical education, and music), Early Interventionist Birth to Five Years, Mild/Moderate, Significant Disabilities 1-12, Hearing Impaired K-12, and Visual Impairments/Blind K-12.
If employed in the schools while pursuing program requirements, a candidate can obtain a Practitioner License 3 (PL3). A PL3 is valid for one school year and may be renewed annually up to four years. The candidate must remain enrolled in the state-approved Master’s Degree Alternate Certification Program and fulfill a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of coursework per year (to the extent that required semester hours remain in the program to be completed).
Total credit hours in program—33 to 39 graduate credit hours
Minimum of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
Minimum of 2.50 or higher GPA on a 4.00 scale.
Pre-Professional Skills Test in reading, writing, and mathematics (Praxis I). Individuals with an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may be exempt from this requirement. In addition, an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030 may also be used in lieu of Praxis I PPST Exams.
II content specific subject assessment(s).
Meet other non-course requirements established by the college or university.
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Full policy details in Bulletin 746: Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, Chapter2: §235 can be found
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