What exactly is an alternate teaching preparation program?
An alternate teaching preparation program leads to certification as a teacher for non-education graduates. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor`s degree for entry to the program. Louisiana`s alternate teaching preparation programs were developed to address the shortage of teachers. Three types of alternate teaching preparation programs allow professionals and recent college graduates to pursue a career in teaching:
- The Practitioner Teacher Program is a streamlined certification path that combines intensive coursework and full-time teaching.
- The Master’s Degree Program is an intensive path that results in a master’s degree as well as certification.
- The Certification-Only Program is for individuals not wishing to participate full-time or pursue a master’s degree through one of the other alternate paths to certification.