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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood or Secondary Education Certification

The Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) at the Tulane School of Professional Advancement is a post-baccalaureate program that offers alternative certifications to those who did not pursue an undergraduate education degree but want to teach. The TPCP post-baccalaureate program offers a pathway to teaching certification in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) and Secondary Education (6-12) in specific content areas, including English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics), social studies and foreign language (French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish) from the Louisiana State Department of Education. Our mission is to develop innovative, caring, and knowledgeable educators who use an interdisciplinary approach to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Teaching Certifications Offered

As a TPCP candidate, you will choose one of our two alternative certifications:

Early Childhood Education: Pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade
Secondary Education: 6th-12th grade

Secondary education teaching candidates must also choose a subject concentration:

  • English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology)
  • Foreign Language (Spanish, French, German, Italian, or Latin)

Courses for the corresponding certification will be paired with hands-on field experience to prepare you for your future classroom. Your level of responsibility during field experiences will increase throughout the program: from focused observations to individual and small group tutoring, and finally to whole class instruction. You will have spent 200+ hours in classrooms by the time your final clinical begins.

Our Guiding Principles

Our Mission

We prepare empathetic professional educators who continually develop the mindsets, knowledge, and skills necessary to empower all students to thrive.

Program Educational Outcomes

  • Empathetic – Perspective-taking in our interactions demonstrating deep cognitive and social-emotional empathy
  • Professional – Enacting our expertise intentionally and collaboratively
  • Continually-developing – Personifying lifelong learning to champion the advancement of students, families, schools, and communities
  • Committed to long-term impact – Approaching our work as advocate-allies singularly-focused on empowering all students to thrive

Program Learning Objectives

  • The learner and the learning – Construct learning environments that are developmentally appropriate for each individual student to thrive
  • Content – Apply pedagogical content knowledge to develop all students’ understanding and transfer of learning in real-world contexts
  • Instructional practice – Integrate effective assessment, planning, and instructional strategies in coordinated and engaging ways that result in growth for each individual
  • Professional responsibility – Contribute to the improvement of craft, self, and school community through ongoing professional learning, reflection, and ethical practice
Teacher's Program Presentation

Learn From Leaders in the Classroom

Our faculty consists of veteran educators serving as leaders in the field. Each instructor brings unique classroom experiences to the program, and our small classroom size helps you establish genuine, professional relationships. Build a strong network with both instructors and classmates during your program and beyond.

Be Part of a Flexible, Accredited Program

Because our program is catered to post-baccalaureate students, we offer all courses in the early evening to accommodate work schedules with more flexibility in classroom field placements than a typical undergraduate program. You will be assigned an advisor to help navigate your schedule during the duration of the program.

TPCP has been awarded the TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). This evidence-based distinction supports the continuous betterment of our program.

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Praxis Requirement

The Praxis is a national licensure exam developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and required by a variety of states for initial teacher licensure. All teacher candidates applying for initial licensure are required to:

  • Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests in reading, writing, and mathematics or meet the requirements of one of the state board-approved options listed in the Admission Requirements below.
  • Pass Praxis content exams, Principles of Learning and Teaching or specific pedagogy exam(s).

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PBC Admission & Certificate Requirements

To apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation and Certification Program, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

In lieu of Praxis I, an ACT composite score of 22 or above OR an SAT combined verbal and math score of 1100 or higher (new SAT) or an SAT score of 1030 or higher (pre-March 2016) can be used. If a candidate has a graduate degree, their transcript exempts them from Praxis I.

While part of the program, Early Childhood Education candidates are required to complete 32-33 hours of course work and 210 field hours. Secondary Education candidates must complete 29-30 hours of course work and 190 field hours. Both certification levels will accumulate with a yearlong student teaching residency spanning the Fall and Spring semesters.

Tuition & Fees

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We offer a 20% discount to full-time teachers and paraprofessionals, including classroom assistants and assistant teachers for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate courses. Click here for forms and information.

Information about SoPA tuition and fees may be found here.

We offer a 20% discount to full-time teachers and p paraprofessionals, including classroom assistants and assistant teachers for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate courses. Click here for forms and information.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates are charged the undergraduate credit hour rate. Information about SoPA tuition and fees may be found here.