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Alternate Certification

Alternate Certification

Alternative certification candidates can pursue certification while teaching full time in one of the parishes in Southwest Louisiana. Candidate's must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree for entry into the program. 

The Burton College of Education offers three Alternate Teacher Preparation Program Paths to become a teacher and make a difference. Each alternate teaching preparation program leds to certification as a teacher for non-education graduates.


1. The Practitioner Teacher Program
  • The Practitioner Teacher Program is a streamlined certification path that combines intensive coursework and full-time teaching.
  • The Practitioner Teacher Program is available for certification in the following areas:
    • Elementary Education (Grades 1-5)
    • Middle School Education (Grades 4-8)
      • Mathematics
      • Science
    • Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) in the following content areas:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • English
      • French
      • General Science
      • Mathematics
      • Physics
      • Social Studies
      • Spanish


2. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Only Program (PBC)
  • The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate 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.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates are available in the following areas:
    • Early Childhood Education (Grades PK-3)
    • Elementary Education (Grades 1-5)
    • Middle School (Grades 4-8) in the following content areas:
      • Mathematics
      • Science 
    • Multiple Levels (Grades K-12) in the following content areas:
      • Art
      • Health and Physical Education
      • Music- Instrumental
      • Music- Vocal
    • Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) in the following content areas:
      • Agriculture
      • Biology
      • Business
      • Chemistry
      • Chinese
      • English
      • Environmental Science
      • French
      • General Science
      • Mathematics
      • Social Studies
      • Spanish


3. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Elementary or Master or Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is an intensive path that results in a master's degree as well as certification.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is available for certification in the following areas:
    • Elementary Education (Grades 1-5)
    • Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) in the following content areas:
      • Agriculture
      • Biology
      • Business
      • Chemistry
      • Chinese
      • English
      • Environmental Science
      • French
      • Latin
      • Mathematics
      • Social Studies
      • Spanish

The Requirements Chart for Alternate Certification Programs provides a comparison for the programs at a glance. 

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