How to Become a Teacher in Louisiana: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Louisiana. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For specifics on Louisiana teacher salaries, see here.

Traditional Louisiana Teacher Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  2. Complete the Teacher Preparations courses: 180 hours of field experience required (student teaching counts for this requirement)
  3. Obtain the necessary materials you must fill out by calling (877) 452-2721
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Office of Teacher Certification
      LA Department of Education
      P.O. Box 94064
      Baton Rouge, LA. 70804-9064
  5. Do you want to renew your Louisiana Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Louisiana Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your teaching credentials in Louisiana that can allow you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  2. Pass the Pre-Professionals Skills Test (PPST)
  3. Practitioner Teacher Program
    • Provides provisional teaching certification
    • Enter into a mentoring program
    • Click here to learn more
  4. Master’s Degree Program
  5. Certification only program


  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Renew or Upgrade Application, State of Louisiana Department of Education, https://www.teachlouisiana.net/pdf/applications/CTTIE_renew.pdf
  3. Louisiana Practitioner Teacher Program An Alternate Certification Option, https://www.teachlouisiana.net/pdf/PractitionerTeacherProgramProposal.pdf
  4. Master's Degree Alternate Certification Program, Teach Louisiana, https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Prospect.aspx?PageID=607
  5. Certification-Only Alternate Certification Program, Teach Louisiana, https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Prospect.aspx?PageID=608

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