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There are several classifications of standard teaching certificates currently in circulation in the state of Louisiana. Of notice to language educators are (1) the Professional Level 1, 2, and 3 certificates; (2) type C, B, and A certificates; and (3) Standard Certificates for Teachers in Nonpublic schools. The Professional certification structure has 3 tiers. Initial standard certificate is issued at Level 1 or Level 2. Level 1 is typically granted to candidates who are Louisiana graduates without teaching experience, or out-of-state, or foreign credentials holders. A Level 1 certificate is the entry-level professional certificate typically held during the first three years of the teaching career. A Level 2 Professional Certificate is valid for five years and is awarded to the candidates who have accrued three years of experience in area(s) of certification in an approved educational setting. A Level 3 certificate is awarded to candidates who have a masters’ degree from a regionally accredited institution. If the Level 3 certificate is an applicant’s first certificate, a state-approved teacher preparation program provider must submit the request. Letter certificate types (C, B, and A) are in the process of being phased out. Effective July 1, 2002, type C certificates are no longer issued for initial certification. Teachers who hold type B and type A lifetime certificates will continue to hold these certificates. A standard certificate with an asterisk (*) following the certificate type is issued to a teacher in a nonpublic school. The asterisk (*) refers to a statement printed at the bottom of the certificate: “If this teacher enters a public school system in Louisiana, he will be required to meet the standards of effectiveness pursuant to state law and Bulletin 130 for issuance of a Level 2 or Level 3 teaching certificate.” For additional information about certification, please, consult the Louisiana Department of Education.


Web site: https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=650

Contact name: Louisiana Department of Education

Contact phone number: 1-877-453-2721

Contact email: [email protected]




This is a list that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialling programs that fit your needs. This list displays all credentialing programs (including those that are not specifically for world language teaching). The state may periodically change this list. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from this approved list to receive credentials in the state of Louisiana. https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/teaching/be-a-teacher-providers-by-region.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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