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Alternate Certification

Alternate Certification

McNeese State University's alternative certification program seeks to identify exceptional professionals from the community who recognize the challenges and rewards of teaching and want to commit to making a difference in Southwest Louisiana. Our program was created to recruit outstanding candidates to pursue teacher certification and guide them along the path to leading their own classroom. McNeese State University's alternative certification program's goal is to bring outstanding professionals and recent graduates to schools where their skills and knowledge are needed most. Alternative certification candidates can pursue certification while teaching full time in one of the parishes in Southwest Louisiana. Hiring decisions are made by individual school systems.


Looking for add-on certification information? Visit the TeachLouisiana Web site.

Interested in what's new at the LA Department of Education? Visit the LADOE Web site.

The Burton College of Education offers two ways to become a teacher and make a difference.

Master of Arts in Teaching

General Program Requirements:
  • Baccalaureate degree
  • 2.5 over-all GPA
  • 30 semester hours of coursework (graduate level)
  • Admission requirements (EDUC 599)
  • GRE
  • Student teaching (6 semester hours) OR Internship (two semesters - 6 semester hours)
  • Portal requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is coordinated through the Office of Graduate Education Programs.

Non-Degree

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • 2.2 over-all GPA
  • 28 semester hours of coursework (undergraduate level)
  • Admission requirements (EDUC 499)
  • Student teaching (6 semester hours) OR Internship (two semesters - 6 semester hours)