Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Louisiana


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=650
State information on reciprocity https://www.teachlouisiana.net/pdf/applications/OutofState_Application_5_17.pdf
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Louisiana is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Except that candidates who have not taught as a regular teacher within the past five years in an elementary or secondary school are required to complete six semester credits relating to the teaching field from a regionally accredited college/university. Candidates may be issued a one year non-renewable certificate while he/she completes the credit hours required for the issuance of a three-year nonrenewable teaching certificate (“Out of State Certificate”). Source
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? No.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state candidates who have met Louisiana’s PRAXIS and/or NTE requirements are eligible to receive a standard, three-year teaching certificate (“Level 1 Professional Certificate”) that authorizes certification for the levels or subjects available in Louisiana that are consistent with those currently on the applicant’s out-of-state certificate. Candidates who have not met assessment requirements are eligible to receive a standard, three-year non-renewable teaching certificate (“Out-of-State Certificate”) that authorizes the candidate to teach while working towards completing assessment requirements. Candidates with a valid out-of-state teaching certificate and at least three years of “successful” teaching experience as verified by satisfactory annual evaluation results do not have to meet additional testing requirements after teaching on an Out-of-State Certificate for one year. Candidates must meet all other requirements for a Louisiana certificate, have a school district’s 1) recommendation for employment and 2) request that the teacher be granted a valid Louisiana certificate, in order to receive a Professional Certificate. Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Candidates with a valid out-of-state teaching certificate and at least three years of "successful" teaching experience as verified by satisfactory annual evaluation results do not have to meet additional testing requirements after teaching on an Out-of-State Certificate for one year. Candidates must meet all other requirements for a Louisiana certificate, have a school district’s 1) recommendation for employment and 2) request that the teacher be granted a valid Louisiana certificate in order to receive a Professional Certificate. Source
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No. Except that candidates with a valid out-of-state teaching certificate and at least three years of “successful” teaching experience as verified by satisfactory annual evaluation results do not have to meet additional testing requirements after teaching on an Out-of-State Certificate for one year. Candidates must meet all other requirements for a Louisiana certificate, have a school district’s 1) recommendation for employment and 2) request that the teacher be granted a valid Louisiana certificate, in order to receive a Professional Certificate. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? No. Louisiana has two main licensure levels for out-of-state candidates: “Out-of-State” and “Professional Level 1”. All candidates are given an “Out-of-State License” until certain requirements are met. However, candidates with three years of “successful” teaching experience do not have to meet additional testing requirements after teaching on an Out-of-State Certificate for one year in order to receive a Professional Level 1 License. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. Statute requires professional licensing boards to issue a temporary practice permit to a military spouse trained in another state who is working towards meeting requirements for licensure and also requires the issuance of a license to applicants meeting certain conditions (including holding a “substantially equivalent” license and being able to “demonstrate competency” as determined by the board). LSA-R.S. 37:3651

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