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What exactly is an alternate teaching preparation program?

An alternate teaching preparation program leads to certification as a teacher for non-education graduates. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree for entry to the program. Louisiana's alternate teaching preparation programs were developed to address the shortage of teachers. Three types of alternate teaching preparation programs allow professionals and recent college graduates to pursue a career in teaching:

  • The Practitioner Teacher Program is a streamlined certification path that combines intensive coursework and full-time teaching.

  • The Master’s Degree Program is an intensive path that results in a master’s degree as well as certification.

  • The Certification-Only Program is for individuals not wishing to participate full-time or pursue a master’s degree through one of the other alternate paths to certification.


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Welcome Future Teachers!

Do you believe that great teaching is at the heart of every great school?
Would you like to impact public education within your community?
Are you interested in becoming a teacher?
Are you currently a Classified Employee in Caddo Parish Public Schools?

If so, Oxford Teacher Academy at Reach University is the is the institution for you. Our mission is to help schools grow their own highly effective teachers and leaders, pursuing equity in underserved urban and rural communities. We give the adults currently helping out in a school the opportunity to become teachers through our Global Education program. Participants complete a job-embedded undergraduate degree in 4 years. 

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