The Secondary Certification-Only Programs Alternative Paths in the fields of biology, English, history, and mathematics are designed to offer potential applicants with a non-teacher education baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university the opportunity to earn certification in their major area of study. The curriculum allows those interested in becoming secondary (6-12) teachers 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;
- possess 30 hours in the major subject area with a grade of “C” or higher in each course;
- pass the following Pre-Professional Skills PRAXIS Tests: Reading (0710 or 5710), Writing (0720 or 5720), and Math (0730 or 5730). This requirement is waived for those who possess an ACT score of 22+ or SAT score of 1030+ or who hold a master’s degree;
- pass PRAXIS II content-specific subject area examination: Biology (0235 or 5235); English (0041 or 5041); History (0086 or 5086); or Math (0061 or 5061).
- complete the admissions application for Certification-Only Program Alternative Path;
- submit professional statement;
- complete the Dispositions Self-Rating Scale;
- submit two letters of recommendation;
- submit a current résumé;
- 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 with parish in which observation and participation requirements will be met;
- receive Department of Education approval of completed application for entry into LSUA’s Certification-Only Program Alternative Path, Grades 6-12.
Requirements for Student Teaching/Internship (EDCI 4945)
Applications for student teaching/internship must be submitted to the Director of Student Teaching 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, 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 (0624 or 5624); if seeking certification to teach English Grades 6-12, students must have passed PRAXIS II: English, Language, and Composition Pedagogy (0043);
- 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 6-12 in their major area of study.