If you are certified to teach in another state you must follow the guidelines of the Out-of-State (OS) Application Packet for certification in Louisiana. The OS certificate is valid for three years; you will have that time to fulfill Praxis exam requirements in order to move to the renewable Level teaching certificate.
If an applicant has completed an out-of-state educator preparation program and held or is eligible for a standard educator license/certificate in another state, he/she may qualify for issuance of a Louisiana Out-of-State (OS) Certificate (valid for a 3-year period and not renewable).
- The OS certificate provides a transition period that permits the holder to be employed in Louisiana K–12 schools while he/she complies with Louisiana Praxis requirements or meets Praxis exclusion eligibility requirements. (For information on exclusion requirements, visit Teach Louisiana (Word) — Bulletin 746.)
Louisiana offers two types of teaching certificates to applicants holding a standard out-of-state teaching certificate. Both are valid certificates and make the holder eligible for a teaching assignment in a Louisiana classroom. The certificate that is issued to the applicant depends on whether or not the applicant has met Louisiana’s Praxis and/or NTE testing requirements.
1. Level 1 (LV1) Professional Certificate is a standard, three-year Louisiana teaching certificate that authorizes certification for the levels or subjects available in Louisiana and that are consistent with those currently on the applicant’s Out-of-State teaching certificate. A Level 1 certificate is issued to individuals who have completed the Louisiana PRAXIS and/or NTE requirements.
2. Out-of-State (OS) Certificate is a standard, three-year, non-renewable Louisiana teaching certificate that authorizes certification for the levels or subjects available in Louisiana and that are consistent with those currently on the applicant’s Out-of-State teaching certificate. An Out-of- State (OS) certificate is issued to individuals who have not met Louisiana’s PRAXIS and/or NTE requirements. A letter of eligibility for Out-of-State certification will be issued to individuals who meet requirements as described above. The OS certificate will be issued upon employment as a teacher of record per the request of the Louisiana employing school system. Louisiana employing school systems have been informed that a letter of eligibility issued by the Division of Educator Licensure is sufficient to identify you as being eligible for employment and receipt of a certificate upon their request.