The Certification-Only Program Alternative Path Elementary Education is intended to allow potential applicants with a non-teacher education baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university to earn their certification in elementary education. The curriculum allows those interested in becoming elementary teachers (grades 1-5) to take prescribed courses to fulfill state requirements for certification.
- be accepted to the university;
- possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on all undergraduate coursework;
- complete the admissions application for the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path;
- pass the following Pre-Professional Skills Praxis tests: Reading (0710 or 5710), Writing (0720 or 5720), and Mathematics (0730 or 5730). The requirement is waived for those who possess an ACT composite score of 22+ or SAT score of 1030+ or who hold a master’s degree;
- pass PRAXIS II: content-specific subject area examination (Elementary Education Content Knowledge 0014 or 0514);
- complete the Dispositions Self-Rating Scale;
- submit two letters of recommendation;
- submit a current résumé;
- submit Professional Statement;
- complete Technology Skills Inventory;
- verify computer literacy (“C” or higher in basic computer course or passing score on LSUA’s Computer Competency Exam);
- complete the program entrance interview;
- complete background check with LSUA or parish in which observation and participation requirements will be met.
- receive Department of Education faculty approval of completed application for entry into LSUA’s Certification-Only Program Alternative Path, Grades 1-5.
Requirements for Student Teaching/Internship (EDCI 4900)
Applications for student teaching/internship must be submitted to the Director of Clinical Practice no later than four weeks following the first day of classes in the semester prior to student teaching. Late applications cannot be guaranteed consideration. Before being officially admitted to student teaching or an internship, students must meet the following criteria:
- possess a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all coursework required for certification;
- pass PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (0622 or 5622);
- complete six hours of approved service;
- complete six hours of approved professional development;
- complete all coursework (with a grade of “C’ or higher in all professional courses)and complete all Transition II requirements. Note for student teaching: no additional coursework may be taken without special permission of the department chair. Such permission is granted only in unusual circumstances. Note for internship: if completing the two-semester internship, an intern may schedule three hours for each semester that he or she is enrolled in the internship; however, EDCI 4200 may not be taken during the last semester of the internship.
Request for Certification
When program completers have met all of the above criteria and completed all Transition III requirements, they are proposed to the Louisiana State Department of Education for certification to teach Grades 1-5.