Certification

How can I renew or reinstate my standard Louisiana teaching certificate which has lapsed or expired ?
A Louisiana teaching certificate is "lapsed" if an individual has a period of five consecutive calendar years in which he/she is not serving as teacher of record for at least one semester, or 90 consecutive days. If such a period of disuse occurs, the certificate has lapsed.. To renew a lapsed certificate you must provide evidence that you have earned six semester hours of coursework earned at a regionally accredited college or university and apply by submitting a completed Certification Update Packet along with official transcripts & appropriate certification fee.
  • Teachers with multiple certification areas may complete coursework specific to any of their Certification areas.

  • Coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Coursework must be gained within the five-year period immediately preceding reinstatement of the certificate.

  • Coursework cannot be a repeat of prior coursework shown on a transcript, unless the student failed or earned a ā€œ Dā€ in the course.

  • All final approval of coursework is made the Division of Certification, Preparation, & Recruitment.

  • A lapsed certificate may be reactivated for a period of one year during which time the holder of the certificate is required to complete six semester credit hours of coursework.
A Louisiana teaching certificate is "expired" if the validity period on the certificate has passed. If the certificate in question is a Level 1 or Type C teaching certificate -and- there has been no 5-year break in teaching, then the certificate can be extended for 3 additional years at the request of a Louisiana employing school district. If you are not currently employed, you may have a former Louisiana employing district or the district interested in employing you sign-off on the certification request for the extension. To extend an expired certificate you must have the LA employing district apply by submitting a completed Certification Update Packet & the appropriate certification fee.

If the certificate which has expired is a Level 2 or 3 certificate, the Louisiana employing district must verify 150 CLUs of district-approved professional development by using the Certification Update Packet to request extension. If the teacher has not accumulated the appropriate CLUs, the expired certificate may be reactivated upon request of the employing authority for a period of one year, during which time the certificate holder must present evidence of successful completion of the required 150 CLUs. Failure to complete CLUs during the one-year reactivation period will result in an expired certificate that cannot be reinstated until the CLUs are completed & verified by the employing district.

Approved Courses (PDF) to reinstate lapsed certificates.