Certificate Renewal for Louisiana Teachers


Certificate Renewal for Louisiana Teachers

Course Credit

A Louisiana teaching certificate is "lapsed" if an individual has a period of five consecutive calendar years in which he/she is not serving as teacher of record for at least one semester, or 90 consecutive days. If such a period of disuse occurs, the certificate has lapsed.

To renew a lapsed certificate you must provide evidence that you have earned six semester hours of coursework earned at a regionally accredited college or university and apply by having the Louisiana employing school system submit a completed Certification Update Packet along with official transcripts & appropriate certification fee.

• Teachers with multiple certification areas may complete coursework specific to any of their Certification areas.
• Coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution.
• Coursework must be gained within the five-year period immediately preceding reinstatement of the certificate.
• Coursework cannot be a repeat of prior coursework shown on a transcript, unless the student failed or earned a “ D” in the course.
• All final approval of coursework is made the Division of Certification, Preparation, & Recruitment.
• A lapsed certificate may be reactivated for a period of one year during which time the holder of the certificate is required to complete six semester credit hours of coursework. Approved Courses to Reinstate Lapsed Certificates

TCL offers online and site-based graduate credit for courses through regionally accredited university partners or non-credit PD courses

LA online self-paced courses
LA online structured courses
LA site-based courses

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[content updated July 2021]