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Our program consists of two phases. Phase I is the Institute; Phase II is 180 days of teaching in the classroom under a Practitioner’s License. We offer two choices of Institute.
At the conclusion of Phase I Institute, you then move into Phase II Practitioner License Year of the program in which you teach for 180 days within the classroom as a full-time teacher of record.
While you do not need Praxis completed in order to apply, you do need both Praxis Core and Praxis Content complete for full acceptance into the program. This means you can create your user portal and upload application documents, but you are not fully accepted until passing scores for both Praxis Core and Praxis Content are provided.
A Practitioner’s License is a document provided by Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) stating that LDOE as the governing body, LRCE as the program provider, and you as the practitioner are all in agreement that you are in the 180-day teaching period in which you will receive ongoing support through coaching, observations, and feedback for your development in pursuit of a Level 1 Teaching Certificate. Upon completion of program requirements, you will be issued your Level 1 Certificate.
You are not able to pursue two content areas at a time. Once you have received your Level 1 certification, you can take the PLT in other content areas to apply for add-on certifications. However, we do offer SPED Dual: a program unique to LRCE in which you can gain your Level 1 such as Elementary and Special Education certifications simultaneously.
We leverage our relationships with schools and districts throughout the state to inform you of positions available in your region. We also have a course for people to take that supports you in finding positions, applying, and succeeding in the interview.
While LRCE does not offer scholarships or assistance with program fees directly, we are always happy to discuss flexible payment arrangements for extreme needs. We can also refer you to one of our many district partners who offer full or partial reimbursement of your program fees.
Prior to Phase I: Institute you need to have a passing Praxis Core (or exemption) and passing Praxis II scores in your content area. Please see the list below, but remember to always check at ets.org’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Principles of Learning and Teaching
We advise you take your PLT during the second half of your Practitioner License Year during Phase II.
In order for us to apply for your Practitioner License and join Phase II, you will need to have a job as a teacher of record in your certification area. We can support you in this process, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to find a teaching position.
If you are obtaining certification area in Early Childhood Education or Elementary education, you will need Teaching Reading:5206
Everyone needs to take Praxis 2 and their PLTs.
No, you need to be teaching in your certification area to be placed on a Practitioner License and move into Phase II. Once you have received your Level 1 certification, you can take the PLT in other content areas to apply for add-on certifications.
Yes, this is a state requirement.