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
Admission Requirements
  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum of 2.50 or higher GPA on a 4.00 scale.
  • Pass Praxis 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.
  • Pass Praxis II content specific subject assessment(s).
  • Meet other non-course requirements established by the college or university.
Interested in the Master's Degree Alternate Program? Contact the University/College or Private Provider Full policy details in Bulletin 746: Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, Chapter2: §235 can be found here.