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(131205) Certification-Only Alternate Path Program: Grades 6-12 (Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies)

Program Type:
Certificate

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. be accepted to the university; 
  2. possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on all undergraduate coursework; 
  3. pass the following Core Academic Skills PRAXIS tests: Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Math (5732). This requirement is waived for those who possess an ACT score of 22+ or SAT score of 1030+ or a master’s degree; 
  4. pass PRAXIS II - pass the secondary subject-specific examination for the content area(s) to be certified
    • Biology 5235
    • English 5039
    • Math 5161
    • Social Studies 5086
    • If no examination has been adopted for Louisiana in the certification area, candidates must present a minimum of 31 semester hours of coursework specific to the content area;
  5. complete the admissions application to the Department of Education
  6. demonstrate computer competency by passing a computer competency examination or successfully completing CMIS 1000;
  7. complete background check with LSUA or with parish in which observation and participation requirements will be met;
  8. receive Department of Education faculty approval of completed application for entry into LSUA's Certification-Only Alternate Path Program: Grades 6-12.

Application for Admission to Department of Education

Progression Chart

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: 

  1. possess a grade point average of at least 2.6 in all coursework required for certification;
  2. pass PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (5624);
  3. 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.
  4. complete 2 days a week/50 FEX hours in field placement school.

Application for Clinical Practice

Request for Certification

When program completers have met all of the above criteria and completed all requirements, they are proposed to the Louisiana State Department of Education for certification to teach grades 6-12 in the content area.

Teaching Application and Professional Disposition

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