Teacher certification in the State of Louisiana and in most other U.S. states require qualifying scores on the Praxis I* & II examinations. The Praxis I - Pre-Professional Skills Exam consists of three parts: reading, writing, and mathematics to gauge basic skills required for teacher education. The Praxis II consists of a selection of content specific exams for your intended grade level of instruction and areas of certification, and the Principles of Learning & Teaching examination (PLT) required for your chosen teaching certificate. You may then take additional Praxis II exams for certification in additional content areas, if desired.
As the Praxis scores are used in many states to determine "highly qualified" status under "No Child Left Behind," it is imperative that you work to achieve the highest Praxis scores possible. It is recommended that you review several Praxis review materials to help give you an idea of the content, format, and flow of the exams. Below, you will find links to various helpful Praxis resources.
General Praxis Information
Praxis Study Resources
*-In Louisiana, teacher candidates may substitute 1) an ACT score of 22+, 2) an SAT combined score of 1030+, or 3) a Masters degree from a regionally accredited institution as fulfillment of the Praxis I requirement.