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Certification-Only Program

Do you have a passion, desire, or ambition to teach, but do not do not wish to pursue a second undergraduate degree? We have a program to fit your needs.

The Certification-Only Program allows you to be enrolled at the University and, at the same time, you may be eligible to earn the full salary and benefits of a certified teacher. 

Don't wait till later to enroll when you could become a Ragin' Cajun today!

The Alternative Path to Certification

The Certification-Only Program: Alternative Path to Certification consists of 27 credit hours of course work, plus an additional 6 credit hours of either an academic internship or a teacher internship (student teaching).  At this time, the Certification-Only Program does not offer any courses online. You are required to take at least one course each semester while enrolled in the program and you have up to 3 years to complete the program. We offer classes in the afternoon or evening, usually from 5:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., and classes are typically held one day a week. This allows our candidates to work full-time and still be able to obtain certification through the Certification-Only Program.

There are specific steps you must take to be enrolled in and accepted into the Certification-Only Program:

NOTE: Candidates in this program do not participate in a formal graduation upon completion of the program. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will receive their certification only.

Acceptance into the University

Apply as an undergraduate candidate today to take your first step towards becoming an official Ragin' Cajun Certified Teacher.


The Louisiana TOPS Program (Tuition Opportunity Program for Students) does not cover the cost of tuition for the Certification-Only Program.

Candidates must meet all program requirements to be eligible for financial aid.

Tuition is based upon how many credits you will be taking each semester. Visit the Student Bursar's Office to find out more about the current fee schedule.

Program Requirements

Once you are officially accepted into the University as an undergraduate candidate, you are required to pass with a “C” or better both the classroom management course (EDCI 430, EDCI 439, or EDCI 450) and the reading content course (READ 309 or READ 410) specific to your certification area. These courses provide you with 80 hours of “classroom readiness,” which is required by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). These courses must be completed prior to official acceptance in the Certification-Only Program-Path to Alternative Certification. 

To be officially accepted into the Certification-Only Program, a candidate must fulfill all requirements listed.

  1. Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Candidates must have at least a 2.5 Cumulative GPA or higher.
  3. Candidates must have passing scores on ONE of the following: pass all 3 parts to the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in reading, writing, and mathematics OR pass the ACT with a Composite of 22 or higher OR pass the SAT of 1030 or higher. Register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators by visiting ETS-Registration, Test Dates and Centers.
  4. Candidates must pass the Praxis II subject-specific content knowledge praxis required for their certification area. Register for the Praxis content knowledge test by visiting ETS-Registration, Test Dates and Centers.
  5. Candidates must pass with a "C" or better the classroom management course and reading content course specific to their certification area.
  6. Candidates must submit a one-page summary of educational and work experiences.
  7. Candidates must submit one-page summary essay outlining reasons for and commitment to teaching.
  8. Candidates enrolling into Health & Physical Education are required to have at least 15 credits in Health or Kinesiology courses prior to admission into the program.
  9. Candidates enrolling into Instrumental Music Education must meet all of the following music requisite requirements:
    1. Music Theory: Music Theory II or equivalency exam
    2. Keyboard Skills: Piano II or equivalency exam
    3. Instrument: Audition passed at level of a barrier exam
    4. Ensemble Experience: highly recommended for major instrument
  10. Candidates enrolling into Vocal Music Education must meet all of the following music requisite requirements:
    1. Music Theory: Music Theory II or equivalency exam
    2. Keyboard Skills: Piano II or equivalency exam
    3. Vocal: Audition passed at level of a barrier exam
    4. Ensemble Experience: highly recommended for major instrument

NOTE: No Final grade below a "C" is accepted for any professional education or specialized academic education course required for the Certification-Only Program.

Clinical Experience Handbook

The Clinical Experience Handbook serves as a pacing guide to help the intern, cooperating teacher, school administrator, and/or university supervisor determine an appropriate calendar or timeline to ensure the completion of all requirements for the Certification-Only Program.

Official Prescription

An official prescription will be written by the Office of Student Services after you have successfully completed all of the listed requirements. An official prescription allows you to apply for a Practitioner’s License (PL2), or a temporary license, through the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). A Practitioner’s License (PL2) gives you the temporary authority to teach while completing the remainder of the courses in the Certification-Only Program.

Contact Us

If you have met all the requirements listed and would like to schedule an appointment to have your transcript(s) and ACT and/or Praxis scores evaluated, please call 337-482-6681 to speak to someone in the Office of Student Services to schedule your appointment.