Caddo Parish Public Schools is now accepting applications for the sixth cohort of Caddo Teaching Academy (CTA) for individuals seeking to gain a teaching certification. 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.