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Louisiana Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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Alternate State Routes to Teaching: Practitioner Licenses

Practitioner Licenses may be issued for one (1) school year, renewed annually and held a maximum of three (3) years while the holder completes an approved alternate program.

PL 1 – Practitioner Program: applications must be submitted to the Department by the Program Provider.

PL 2 – Non-Master’s Alternate Program: applications must be submitted to the Department by the Louisiana employing school system.

PL 3 – Master’s Alternate Program: applications must be submitted to the Department by the Louisiana employing school system.

PL 4 – Alternate Post-Baccalaureate Program: This applies to an individual who is not enrolled in one of the three redesigned alternate certification programs listed above and must be submitted by the Louisiana employing school system.

Certificate Guidelines

Teacher must be admitted to and enrolled in a State-approved Practitioner Teacher Program (PL1), Non-Master’s Alternate Certification Program (PL2), or Master’s Degree Alternate Certification Program (PL3), which necessitates meeting all program requirements including non-education baccalaureate degree, stipulated GPA, and passing scores on the Praxis PPST and content area exams.

A teacher receiving a PL4 license is enrolled in or has completed an Alternate Post-Baccalaureate Program; cannot be enrolled in a redesigned program, has passed Praxis PPST and the current Praxis content specialty exam(s), but has not yet completed all requirements for full certification.

The alternate certification teacher (PL1, PL2, and PL3) must remain enrolled in the respective program and fulfill all coursework, teaching assignments, and prescribed activities as identified by the program provider. The PL4 teacher must complete all alternate program coursework that remains, and complete Praxis requirements for the certification area.


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