World Language Certificate (PK-12) (LA)

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World Language Certificate (PK-12) (LA)

Description
World Language Certificate (PK-12) is for those holding degrees and credentials from another country in a specialized language who are participating in the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) Foreign Associate Teacher Program.
Certificate Valid for 6 years
J-1 visa
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Louisiana
Contact Name: Terri Hammatt
Contact Phone: 225-342-1152
Contact Email: terri.hammatt@la.gov
For more information please visit the state website: https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=3204#FLES

Notes
World Language Certificate available for French, Spanish, Chinese.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Major in Content Language
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Out of Country Certification

Notes

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
2 years of successful teaching experience in the country of origin years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Notes:
Chinese applies to Mandarin only.

Subject matter competence: a native speaker of the language to be taught.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=3204#FLES
Form Mailing Address:
Division of Certification, Preparation, and Recruitment
LA Department of Education
P. O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Written request to Louisiana Department of Education and commitment to employ recruit.

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=louisiana

Background Check
Required
Varies by District

Renewal: Renewable
Renewal information found at https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=3204#FLES

The WLC/FLES certificate may be renewed by completing 150 continuing learning units (CLUs) of district-approved and verified professional development over the time period during which he/she holds the certificate, or during the five year time period immediately preceding the request for renewal. The Louisiana employing authority must request renewal of a WLC/FLES certificate. If the 150 continuing learning units were completed abroad then the request must be submitted through Terri Hammatt, World Language Director with the Division of Curriculum Standards.

Notes:

Background check is completed in the home country and the employing school district.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
Louisiana offers WLC certificates to applicants holding degrees and credentials from another country in a specialized language who are participating in the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) Foreign Associate Teacher Program. A WLC certificate allows one to teach either foreign language or immersion classes at the elementary, middle school level, or secondary school level.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:40 PM


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