What do I need to apply?


First and foremost, applicants must have an intense desire to learn – sometimes called a growth mindset.  Our experience training thousands of teachers including the 2018 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2019 Milken Educator Award winner have shown that an applicant’s desire to learn is fundamental to their ability to effectively reach students. 

Minimum Requirements:  In order to receive full licensure, LRCE Teach! applicants must have bachelor’s degree, passing scores on the ETS Praxis Core (5752) exam  – often referred to as Praxis I, and pass the Praxis tests for their certification area –often referred to as Praxis II (or content).  Applicants do not need to have taken Praxis PLT, Special Education Mild to Moderate Applications, Teaching Reading, or World Language Pedagogy prior to applying to the program prior to institute.  If you have questions, please reach out with the Learn More button above.

If you are interested in our Special Education Add-On endorsement for your current valid Louisiana teaching certificate, please reach out to our program staff directly through the Apply to LRCE Teach! form.

Can I be exempt from Praxis exams?

The Praxis Core (5752) exam requirement can be met by one of the following:  An ACT composite score of 22 or higher -or- A SAT combined verbal/critical reading and math score of 1030 -or- An earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Passing Praxis content exam (Praxis II) scores are required for all areas of licensure in Louisiana.  

Can I apply if I haven’t taken or passed required Praxis (Core or Content) exams? 

Yes! And we recommend that you do apply so that we can help you navigate your testing requirements.  Many of our teachers come to us without having met the requirements for full admission into the LRCE program.  Our staff is happy to assist.  

What is the deadline to apply?

We accept applications for our Summer and Fall Institutes on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

How much does the LRCE Teach! program cost? 

Total program fees for the cohort are $4,500. This is broken into two phases: $2,250 due before beginning your institute experience and nine payments of $250 each month once you begin teaching. While LRCE does not offer scholarships or assistance with program fees directly, we are always happy to discuss flexible payment arrangements for extreme needs or refer you to one of our many district partners who offer full or partial reimbursement of your program fees.  The Sped Add-On to a current Level 1 Certification is $3500.

Why does your training focus on in-person modeling and practice?

Training teachers to teach, live and face-to-face is the fastest and most efficient way to develop excellence.  Our alumni’s results have proven this year after year and our district and school partners recognize the value of an LRCE-trained teacher by hiring hundreds of our graduates each year and sending dozens of candidates to LRCE for further training.

What would my training look like at LRCE?

Step 1: The Institute

Participants complete a 7-week program including field experience by observing and student-teaching at a school geographically convenient to the participant. (Field Experience days follow the school schedule.)

All participants receive training on general topics such as:

  • Classroom Management
  • Psychology and Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment

Content-specific workshops are provided based on certification area. Examples include:

  • Teaching Reading
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Special Education Mild-to-Moderate Applications
  • The Early Childhood Classroom

Step 2: Practitioner teaching

180 Days in the Classroom

Monthly Saturday Seminars 9am – 4pm

  • Participants teach full-time for a state-required minimum of 180 days with a Practitioner’s License in any state-approved public, private or charter school in Louisiana while receiving full-time salary and benefits from the school/district.
  • One Saturday per month, from 9am to 4pm, Practitioners attend training seminars at LRCE.
  • During this same time period, each Practitioner receives guidance and observation feedback from an assigned LRCE Practitioner Development Coach.

Step 3: Certification

All Practitioners Require:

  • Completion of one full school year (180 Days) teaching with Practitioner’s License
  • Satisfactory recommendations from Principal, Practitioner Development Coach and Program Director
  • Regular attendance at Saturday Seminars (to meet contact hour requirements)
  • Full and timely payment of tuition
  • Passing score for PRAXIS Principles of Learning & Teaching exam (World Languages Pedagogy for Foreign Language):
    • Early Childhood (5621);
    • Grades K – 6  (5622);
    • Grades 5 – 9 (5623);
    • Grades 7 – 12 (5624); or
    • World Languages Pedagogy (5841)

Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education Participants Also Require:

  • Passing score for PRAXIS Teaching Reading exam (5206)

Special Education Participants Also Require:

  • Passing score for the Special Education and Mild-Moderate Applications exam (5543)