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Louisiana Praxis Requirements

The Praxis exams are national licensure exams developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and required by a variety of states for initial teacher certification. These are the Praxis requirements for new Louisiana teacher candidates, including those who complete the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) at the Tulane School of Professional Advancement.


Teacher candidates in every content area must pass all three Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests.

Options approved by the State Board include the following:

Effective September 1, 2006: An ACT® composite score of 22 or an SAT® combined verbal/critical reading and math score of 1030 may be used in lieu of Core exams by prospective teachers in Louisiana.

Alternate-route candidates admitted to a Louisiana alternative educator preparation program who have earned a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution may be exempt from the Core admission requirement.

PRAXIS II (Content)

These subject area tests verify candidates' content area knowledge in their specialty and/or grade level. Specific test requirements for certification vary from state to state.

PRAXIS II (Principles of Learning and Teaching)

This test of pedagogical knowledge and skills, usually taken during student teaching, focuses on specific grade levels. In Louisiana, available Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests include Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, and Secondary Education.

Students at TPCP will receive preparation for the Praxis exams through our accredited curriculum. To learn more about Louisiana's Praxis requirements, visit the ETS website.