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Standard and Nonstandard Teaching Authorizations

Standard Teaching Authorization- Practitioner License 2 (PL2)

The Louisiana Department of Education offers a Practitioner License 2 (PL2) that may be issued to a candidate who is admitted to and enrolled in a state-approved certification-only alternate certification program. The Practitioner License 2 can be issued for one school year, renewed annually, and held a maximum of three years while the holder completes an alternate program. Upon completion of the three years of employment on this certificate, the holder must fulfill guidelines for a level 1 or higher-level certificate for continued employment in a Louisiana school system.

Initial eligibility requirements for the Practitioner License 2:

  • non-education baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited college or university
  • 2.50 or higher grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale to enter a non-university provider program or a 2.20 GPA on a 4.00 scale to enter a college or university program
  • passing scores on all three parts of the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators- Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests and current Praxis Content Knowledge in certification area. If no examination has been adopted for Louisiana in the certification area, candidates must present a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework specific to the content area for admission to the program. Candidates possessing a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university will be exempted from the core academic skills for educators requirement.
  • successful completion of the classroom readiness training (80 contact hours) verified.

The request for the initial practitioner license as well as renewals of the license must be submitted directly to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) by the employing authority. The teacher is restricted to the specific grade level and content area as designated on the practitioner license.

Learn more about the initial application process to apply for a Practitioner License 2.

Nonstandard Teaching Authorization- Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT)

The Louisiana Department of Education offers a Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) certificate to Louisiana employing public school systems that have not been able to employ certified teachers.

The Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) can be issued for one calendar year, while the holder pursues alternate certification program admission requirements or certification requirements. Upon completion of one year of employment on this certificate, for continued employment as a teacher in a Louisiana school system, the holder must fulfill guidelines for a Practitioner License or a higher-level certificate. A TAT cannot be issued to teachers who previously held a Temporary Employment Permit (TEP) or a standard teaching certificate.

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; passing scores on the Praxis core academic skills for educators in reading and writing examinations or appropriate scores on the ACT or SAT and at least a 2.20 GPA.

Applicants who meet these eligibility requirements can apply for a TAT through their employing school district.