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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!

Certification-Only Program-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. 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 as a teacher and still be able to obtain certification through the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path to Certification.

To be eligible for the Practitioner License 2 (PL 2) which allows employment in a Louisiana school system, you are required to complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of coursework per year while enrolled in the program and you have up to 3 years to complete the program. Learn more about standard and nonstandard teaching authorizations including the Practitioner License 2 (PL 2) and the Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT).

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

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 an initial teacher certification.

Acceptance into the University

Apply as an undergraduate student today to take your first step towards becoming an official Ragin' Cajun Certified Teacher. When completing the university admissions application, a student should apply as an undergraduate non-degree seeking student. The field of study on the admissions application should be Alt. Certification in Education.

Tuition

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.

Requirements for Admission into the Program

Once you are officially admitted into the university as an Alternative Certification candidate, you must fulfill all program requirements listed below prior to official acceptance in the Certification-Only Program Alternative Path to Certification.

  1. A candidate must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A copy of an official transcript must be submitted to provide proof a baccalaureate degree was earned.
  2. A candidate must have a 2.5 Cumulative GPA or higher.
  3. A candidate must provide ONE of the following:

    -an official transcript to provide proof a Master's degree was awarded from a reginally accredited institution; A master's degree will exempt a candidate from the Praxis Core test.
    -submit an official copy of passing scores for all 3 parts to the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Register for the Praxis content knowledge test by visiting ETS-Registration, Test Dates and Centers.
    -submit an official copy of ACT report indicating an ACT composite score of 22 or higher.
    -submit an official copy of SAT report indicating a SAT (New SAT) combined verbal and math score of 1100 or higher or SAT (pre-March 2016 SAT) combined verbal and math score of 1030 or higher.
     
  4. A candidate must pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge (specific subject area) test required for the initial certification area.
  5. A candidate must submit one-page summary essay outlining reasons for and commitment to teaching.
  6. A candidate must submit a one-page summary of educational and work experiences.
  7. A candidate must earn 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 will provide you with 80 hours of “classroom readiness” which are required by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE).
  8. A candidate enrolling into Health & Physical Education must have earned at least 15 credit hours in Health or Kinesiology courses prior to acceptance into the program.
  9. A candidate 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. A candidate 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

Official Acceptance into the Program

After you have successfully completed the requirements for admission into the program and have been officially accepted into the Certification-Only Program, a signed prescription plan will be provided upon request to acknowledge eligibility for a Practitioner License 2 (PL 2).

Learn more about standard and nonstandard teaching authorizations including the Practitioner License 2 (PL 2) and the Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT).

NOTE: A candidate must earn a grade of a "C" or better in all professional education or specialized academic education courses required in 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 after official acceptance into 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.