Educator Preparation in Louisiana

The day-to-day work of a classroom teacher is complex and challenging, as is the work to recruit and prepare Louisiana’s next generation of teachers. As part of a long-term body of work to strengthen teacher preparation in Louisiana, the LDOE has kicked off several engagement opportunities with educators across the state to gather their feedback on teacher preparation experiences and how they can be strengthened.

In July 2014, the Department surveyed teachers statewide about their own experiences with preparation and in the classroom. Principals and Personnel Directors shared their experience hiring and supporting new teachers, and preparation program faculty shared their collaborations with partner schools and districts.

Those results have been released in the LDOE’s Partners in Preparation: A Survey of Educators & Education Preparation Programs report. This report highlights some of the current challenges facing teacher preparation programs, and shares ideas from educators, including the Believe and Prepare pilots, as to how districts and preparation programs can collaborate to improve this experience for future teacher candidates.

Believe and Prepare

Through Believe and Prepare, the Department provides grants to empower schools and districts to design innovative, classroom- and school-based preparation experiences for aspiring educators.  Experiences should give educators the opportunity to practice their developing skills with real students and draw on the expertise of Louisiana’s best educators.   

Believe and Prepare, launched in April 2014, has demonstrated that the challenges of teacher preparation can be met through increased, authentic school leader involvement in educator preparation, creating partnerships with preparation programs that focus on meeting school and districts’ workforce needs.

2014-2015 Believe and Prepare recipients are:

  • Collegiate Academies in partnership with TNTP
  • Lafourche Parish in partnership with Nicholls State University
  • Lincoln Parish in partnership with Louisiana Tech University
  • New Orleans College Prep in partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education
  • St. Bernard Parish (applying as a provider of teacher certification)
  • St. Charles Parish in partnership with Southeastern Louisiana University
  • West Feliciana Parish in partnership with Louisiana State University

Click here for more information about each program.


2015-2016 Grant RFA details coming soon!

Believe and Prepare In the News

"LSU Partners With West Feliciana High
for Unique Program"

State’s focus should be on high-quality teachers

"Teachers are Vital Need"

"Department of Education announces new Believe and Prepare teacher support grant" 

"Lincoln Parish gets $120K education grant from state, will partner with La. Tech"

"St. Charles Parish school system and Southeastern partner for teacher preparation programs"