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Louisiana State University


18 months

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree?
  • Is a master's degree required to teach?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

Certification can be obtained in 18 months through the Practitioner Teacher Program.

Certification Requirements

In Louisiana, corps members must take and pass the Praxis Series assessments before teaching and enroll in a certification program during their two-year commitment. All 2017 South Louisiana corps members will be required to work toward certification through the 18-month Practitioner Teacher Program, unless certified prior to joining the corps.

In order to complete the Practitioner Teacher Program successfully, candidates are required to do the following:

  • Complete the Teach For America summer institute and related assignments
  • Pass required exams, The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers
  • Complete the requirements of one of our certification partners that help corps members: obtain teaching certification:

Louisiana State University's graduate school has a unique partnership with the region, allowing tuition exemption for graduate courses (excluding Louisiana State University schools of Medicine, Law, and Dentistry) to corps members in the second year of their commitment, ending after the first year of alumnihood.

Our region's partnership with Louisiana State University's graduate school allows for tuition exemption for graduate courses to corps members in the second year of their commitment, ending after the first year of alumnihood. Relay Graduate School of Education, one of our certification partners, also provides corps members the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching while completing their certification.


(Our tuition exemption partnership with LSU excludes the schools of Medicine, Law, and Dentistry) 

No, but corps members have the opportunity to obtain a master's degree through one of our local partnerships.

Louisiana State University

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  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Biology
  • English
  • Math
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education

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