Certification-Only Alternate Certification Program

Louisiana Approved Teacher Preparation Program Providers
  • The Certification-Only Program offers flexibility in delivery (e.g., face to face and/or online)
  • Offered by approved providers, both private entities and higher education institutions.
  • Classroom readiness training obtained through university or private provider program.
  • Certification available in Early Childhood Education Grades PK-3, Elementary Education Grades 1-5, Middle School Education Grades 4-8, Secondary Education Grades 6-12, All-Level Grades K-12 (art, dance, foreign languages, health and physical education, and music) and Special Education: Early Interventionist Birth to Five Years, Hearing Impaired K-12, Visually Impaired/Blind K-12, and Significant Disabilities 1-12.
  • Candidates are issued a Practitioner License 2 (PL2) upon completion of approved classroom readiness training and employment in an approved school. A Professional Level License is issued after successful completion of all program requirements.
  • The PL2 is valid for one school year and may be renewed annually up to three years. The candidate must remain enrolled in the Certification-Only Program and fulfill a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of coursework or equivalent contact hours per year (to the extent that required semester hours remain in the program to be completed), teaching assignments, and prescribed activities identified by the program provider.
  • Total Hours in the Program—27 to 33 credit hours (or equivalent 405-495 contact hours)

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum of 2.50 GPA or higher on a 4.00 scale to enter a private provider program; Minimum of 2.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale to enter a college or university program. (State law requires teacher candidate to have a 2.50 GPA for certification upon program completion.) Note: In the Certification-Only Program, the GPA may be calculated using the last 60 hours of coursework earned from a regionally accredited university.
  • Pass Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test in reading, writing, and mathematics (Praxis I). Individuals with an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution can 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 1 PPST exams.
  • Pass Praxis content-specific subject assessment(s).
Interested in the Certification-Only Alternate Program? Contact the University/College or Private Provider Full policy details in Bulletin 746: Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, Chapter2: §237 can be found here.