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TEACH Program

Candidates earn teaching certification in just one year through the Louisiana College TEACH Program. This hybrid program is the most teacher-friendly program in the state, with the perfect blend of face-to-face mentor support and much of the coursework being offered online. The TEACH program offers certifications for:

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

When does the TEACH Program start?
The TEACH Program begins every summer (typically around the 1st of June). Candidates can only start the program during the summer.

What GPA is required to begin the TEACH Program?
You can start the program with a 2.2 or higher cumulative GPA.

What is the PRAXIS?
PRAXIS is a series of exams offered by Education Testing Services (www.ets.org). Specific PRAXIS exams are required by the Louisiana Department of Education for each certification area.

What parts of the PRAXIS am I required to take?
You must have passing scores on Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing and Math tests. You must also have passing scores on PRAXIS II in the core content area in which you are seeking certification. To register for tests, visit the following website: www.ets.org.

Can I be exempt from Praxis I?
You may be exempt from Praxis I if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you have an earned Master’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • you have an ACT score of 22 or higher
  • you have an SAT combined quantitative/verbal score of 1030 or higher

You must submit official PRAXIS, ACT, or SAT scores or an official Master’s degree transcript at the time of application or verification of your official scores through a letter on college letterhead from your college dean or college registrar.

To order ACT or SAT score reports, go to the following links:

            ACT (http://www.act.org/workkeys/asr/faq.html)

            SAT (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/scores/sending.html)

Does the TEACH Program serve my parish?
The Louisiana College TEACH Program serves all areas of the state.

Do I have to have a teaching position to start the TEACH Program?
No. You can enroll in the Summer Session without having secured a teaching position for the upcoming school year. However, you are required to have a position by the time school starts in August in order to register for fall classes

Can I teach at a private school?
Yes. If the private school is a state accredited school, it is acceptable for you to teach there for your internship.

Does my school qualify as an approved school?
All public schools are approved, state accredited schools. If you have a question regarding a private school and its approval status with the state, please contact the private school for that information.

Am I eligible for financial aid?
You may be eligible for various forms of financial aid. You will need to contact the Louisiana College Financial Aid Office for more information at 318-487-7386 or go online to http://www.lacollege.edu/finances

The summer semester is the last semester of the current academic year. The Financial Aid Office needs each student interested in a loan or TEACH Grant to complete FAFSA for the current academic year.

How can I receive tuition exemption or tuition reimbursement?
You will need to check with your parish school board to obtain the proper paperwork.

How do I apply to the TEACH Program?
The TEACH/MAT Application is available online at the following link:

What transcripts do I have to submit?
You must submit TWO official unopened transcripts or one E-script sent directly to education@lacollege.edu from EVERY college you have attended. Any degrees conferred must be listed with the date of completion and a cumulative GPA.

Can I submit photocopies of my PRAXIS/ACT/SAT scores?
No. You should submit official score reports unless instructed otherwise.

How do I submit official test scores?
To make sure that our department and the Louisiana State Department of Education receive your official PRAXIS scores, enter your Social Security number and list Louisiana College and Louisiana State Department of Education under Score Recipients when you sign up to take your PRAXIS exams.

For ACT or SAT scores to be accepted by the Louisiana State Department of Education, scores must be received from the following sources:  

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The vast majority of students who attend LC receive financial assistance. Let us help you determine how much financial aid you may qualify for by visiting the Net Price Calculator.

TEACH Grants available!
Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 318.487.7719.

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For more information, email TEACH@lacollege.edu or call (318)487.7302

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