State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Louisiana

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Louisiana has adopted the Standards for Educational Leaders in Louisiana. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXVII, 303
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 240
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Educational leadership preparation programs must align with the Standards for Education Leaders in Louisiana, the ISLLC Standards for School Leaders and the ELCC Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Leadership. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 703
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found.
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Yes. Approved educational leadership preparation program providers may seek approval to pilot innovative approaches to training educational leader candidates. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt XLV, 303
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Entry-level Educational Leader Certificate Level 1 (EDL 1), a candidate must:
  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, a valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or hold a comparable level out-of-state teaching certificate and have three years of teaching experience in his/her area of certification
  • Complete a competency-based master's degree preparation program in the area of educational leadership from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: Districts may also require participation in an education leader induction administered by the local education agency.
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 705
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate may be issued a three-year, non-renewable certificate if they have a minimum of two years, within the last five years, of verified successful experience as a principal or assistant principal in another state. Applicants who do not meet experience requirements must have earned six semester hours of credit in state-approved courses, within the last five years. A one-year non-renewable certificate may be issued while the applicant completes coursework requirements.

Districts may also require participation in an education leader induction program administered by the local education agency.
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 721
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? There are three alternative routes to certification that all require the candidate to hold, or be eligible to hold, a valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or have a comparable level out-of-state teaching certificate and three years of teaching experience in his/her area of certification and meet assessment requirements.

Alternate Pathway 1: Candidates who already hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution and who meet competency-based requirements through completion of an individualized program of educational leadership from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education may be eligible for certification through this route.

Alternate Pathway 2: Candidates who already hold a master's degree in education from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education and have 240 hours of more of leadership experience at the school and/or district level may be eligible for certification through this route.

Alternate Pathway 3: Candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education, who demonstrate strong knowledge of instruction through a rigorous screening process by an approved program provider and who complete a competency-based educational leader practitioner/residency preparation program from a state-approved private provider or a regionally-accredited institution of higher education may be eligible for certification through this route.
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 705

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