Teaching Certification Exams

Certification Through the GeauxTeach STEM Program

Students must complete all coursework and pass both  Praxis II tests prior to graduation to receive a degree and certification. 

Students must have valid ACT/SAT scores or passing Praxis I scores prior to registering for EDCI 3550, Classroom Interactions. A verified ACT composite score of 22 or greater, or a combined verbal and math score of 1030 on SAT, will waive Praxis I (Pre-Professional Skills Tests in Reading, Writing, & Math) exam requirements.

Praxis II- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades 7–12 test (5624) and at least one Secondary Education subject-specific Content Knowledge test:

Prior to Apprentice Teaching, Secondary Education teacher candidates must pass all coursework, be enrolled in EDCI 4006 and EDCI 3136, and have passed the Praxis II PLT and Content Knowledge exams. The recommendation is for students to take these tests shortly after completing EDCI 3550, Classroom Interactions. Students must have passing scores for both the PLT and at least one subject-specific exam submitted to LSU prior to registering for EDCI 4006, Apprentice Teaching.


Certification Through the GeauxTeach Alternative Certification Program 

All students must pass both Praxis II tests prior to enrolling in the post-baccalaureate courses.

Students must have valid ACT/SAT scores or passing Praxis I scores prior to registering for EDCI 3550, Classroom Interactions. A verified ACT composite score of 22 or greater, or a combined verbal and math score of 1030 on SAT, will waive Praxis I (Pre-Professional Skills Tests in Reading, Writing, & Math) exam requirements.

Praxis II- Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 test (5624) and at least one Secondary Education subject-specific Content Knowledge test:

Prior to enrolling in the Internship Teaching graduate program, Alternative Certification teacher candidates must complete and pass a 5-course sequence through the GeauxTeach STEM program and pass the Praxis II PLT and Content Knowledge exams. The recommendation is for students to take these certification examination shortly after completing EDCI 3550, Classroom Interactions, however, students must have passing scores for both the PLT and at least one subject-specific exam submitted to LSU prior to registering for EDCI 4635, Internship in Curriculum and Instruction, which can be done after graduation. 


Register for the test through ETS

All Praxis tests are delivered by computer. Some are offered continuously and others are offered within specific testing windows. Refer to the ETS website for questions about registration, testing centers, and subject specific dates. 


State of Louisiana Certification Requirements

For more information about teaching certifications, visit Louisiana Department of Education's website

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