BECOMING A TEACHER IN LOUISIANA

EXPLORE PROGRAMS, LICENSING AND JOB OUTLOOK DATA FOR 2016

Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Louisiana

For aspiring Louisiana teachers, ToBecomeATeacher.org has everything needed to get started. This page describes the key steps you’ll need to take to become a licensed Louisiana teacher and obtain a teaching position that meets your professional expectations.

1. Choosing a Program: Finding an education program that leads to teacher licensure is the first step and one that is always easier when you are clear about your short- and long-term career goals.

  • Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is a critical first step. To ensure you select a program that meets your needs, it is important to ask the right questions: Are you concerned about the cost of the program? Does the program’s reputation matter? Are you concerned about the program’s history of job placement? Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue?

2. Planning for Licensure in Louisiana: In Louisiana, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program and pass the state’s applicable licensing exams for teachers.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the state’s required exams, you can launch your teaching career in Louisiana.

  • At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? What are your lifestyle priorities? Do you see yourself teaching in a school located in a rural area, town or city? Are you interested in teaching in one of the state’s high-needs schools and if so, what experiences or skills would you bring to a high-needs school?  What are your salary expectations? During this stage of the process, you should also keep developing your resume, gaining additional qualifications and networking with local educators.

Choosing an Education Program in Maine

ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that choosing the right program can be a challenge. To assist you with this task, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithmic tool developed to respond to the specific needs of aspiring teachers, our team has reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in Louisiana for 2015. Student-to-faculty ratios, total expense, graduation rates, potential earnings and return on investment are among the criteria we’ve analyzed to help you determine which Louisiana teacher preparation programs are best for you.

Every school on ToBecomeATeacher.org list is committed to the pursuit of excellence. To find out which ones stand above the rest and best meet your own needs, see our ranking below.

Southern University at New Orleans

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 18 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 19400
  • Acceptance rate 48.88 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 13.7 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 27269

Louisiana State University-Alexandria

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 21348
  • Acceptance rate 60.74 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 12.96 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 17750

McNeese State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 22 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 22804
  • Acceptance rate 61.51 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 37.95 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21750

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 18 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 22424
  • Acceptance rate 83.49 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 29.56 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20322

Southeastern Louisiana University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 22860
  • Acceptance rate 44.8 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 35.04 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21465

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 22 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 24768
  • Acceptance rate 59.3 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 44.36 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20898

Grambling State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23800
  • Acceptance rate 43.63 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 31.35 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 38172.5

Southern University and A & M College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26520
  • Acceptance rate 35.9 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 29.73 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 32075

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 24984
  • Acceptance rate 84 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 36.12 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23500

University of New Orleans

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26312
  • Acceptance rate 50.36 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38655
  • Graduation Rate 33.27 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 17821
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Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Louisiana

In order to become a teacher in Louisiana, one must first become certified and licensed by the State of Louisiana Department of Education. There are two primary pathways to teacher certification that aspiring teachers can pursue:

  • Pathway 1: The first and most common pathway is known as Traditional Certification. On this path, future teachers earn a bachelor’s degree in a teachable subject while completing general courses in education, 180 hours of  field experience and a one-semester internship in a school. Once they have passed the applicable Praxis exams for their level and content area, they can apply for a teaching license in the State of Louisiana.
  • Pathway 2: The second option is to pursue one of the state’s alternative routes to certification. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree who have not already completed an educator preparation program can pursue one of three alternative routes to certification: earn a master’s degree in education, complete a certification-only program or complete a practitioner teacher program. Regardless of the pathway, candidates must also pass the applicable Praxis exams for their level and content area.

What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the state of Louisiana?

In 2015, there were 2,450 kindergarten teachers, 24,690 elementary teachers, 5,140 middle school teachers and 14,090 high school teachers in the state of Louisiana. In the coming years, elementary school teachers, as well as middle school and high school mathematics, science, social science and special education teachers are expected to be in especially high demand statewide. The state also reports an ongoing need for qualified teachers in many of its high-needs and rural school districts. Annual average teacher’s salaries in Louisiana are between $43,000 and $48,000, which is below the national average. Since many of the state’s public schools qualify as Title I schools, however, teachers working in a high percentage of the state’s schools qualify for the federal government’s Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Louisiana?

What online programs are available to potential teachers in the state of Louisiana?

Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers online alternate certification pathways through their Department of Teaching and Learning. Their PREP, or Practitioner Teacher Program, which is a summer intensive, is also now 100% online. Another option is the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s eTeach program, which offers online program options for both pre-service and in-service teachers.

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