Caddo Teaching Academy now accepting applications for teaching certification program
Caddo Parish Public Schools is now accepting applications for the
sixth cohort of Caddo Teaching Academy (CTA) for individuals seeking to gain a
The innovative certification program provides a fast track,
streamlined and practical approach to job-embedded training with the objective
of placing an effective teacher in every classroom.
The available certification
areas are in elementary for grades one through five as well as English, math,
biology, chemistry and general science for grades six through 12.
Since its inception, Caddo Teaching Academy has been successful
at filling more than 60 classrooms with certified teachers. The program offers
no upfront fees while providing two-year coursework to take individuals from novice
to seasoned teachers. Each candidate is given a coach and leaves with a
certification recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education.
“To date, four of our candidates have been named Teacher of the
Year for their campus,” said Shannon B. Henderson, CTA Program Administrator. “CTA
is a contributing factor to Caddo’s most recent success. Having a certified
teacher in each class has helped to grow our students and parish alike.”
The application period is open now through April 1, 2020 with
interviews scheduled each month through May. Coursework will begin May 18.
During the summer, classes are hosted each Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During
the school year, courses are taught every Thursday from 4:30–8 p.m.
“We’ve seen so much success from this young program. Only in its
fifth year, Caddo Teaching Academy has provided dozen of teachers a state
certification and tools to be successful in the classroom and our district is
stronger because of it,” Henderson said. “We can confidently say that this will
expand a teacher’s opportunity for growth because of the plethora of resources
and best practices training we pour into each candidate.”
The program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree possessing
a cumulative grade point average of 2.2 or above,
a passing score on the PRAXIS I exam or an ACT score of 22 or above, and a
favorable score on the PRAXIS II exam – an exam that measures academic
skills and content knowledge. If accepted into the academy, candidates may
begin teaching as early as the next school year with full pay and benefits.