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The Practitioner Teacher Program (TEACH)
TEACH: Teacher Education Alternate Certification Honors
In our country, there is a shortage of teachers and a growing need for new educators. There has also been an increase in individuals wanting to teach but who hold a degree in another field and are not certified to teach.
Louisiana College's Practitioner Teacher Program is designed to assist those individuals to get the courses needed to become certified while allowing those individuals to go ahead and be placed in the classroom to begin making a difference.
Lousiana College has implemented the largest Practitioner Teacher Program in the state. It serves all parishes and provides certification for teachers in early childhood; elementary education; middle school education; secondary education; all-level music, HPE, and Art; and mild-moderate (special education).
"The program is a streamlined alternate certification system that allows candidates who meet rigid admission requirements to become certified through a combination of course work and full-time teaching," says Dr. Joe Aguillard, architect of the TEACH program in 2001 and now president of Louisiana College.
Participants admitted to the TEACH program must meet certain basic requirements for enrollment:
- hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
- have earned a cumulated GPA of 2.2 or higher on undergraduate coursework
- have been hired to teach in a State accredited school for the coming fall and spring semesters.
- passed ALL of the following PRAXIS exams:
- PPST Reading, Writing and Math (unless exempt with an ACT Composite score at or above 22. SAT Combined Verbal/Math score at or above 1030, or a Master's Degree.
- Core Content subject area exam (The program administrators will determine which portions of the PRAXIS are applicable to each participant).
- submitted TEACH/MAT Application and all required documents
In order for a TEACH candidate to be approved for certification, he/she must meet the following criteria:
- Completed all coursework required for certification (21 to 27 hours depending on certification area) with an overall 2.5 GPA or higher
- Passed the PRAXIS PLT for your grade level and SPED exams if Special Education. Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education require additional Reading hours. Students are advised individually.