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.

On December 3, 2014, over 60 legislators, educators, K-12 and higher education leaders, and BESE members met to discuss challenges and opportunities in recruiting and preparing the state's next generation of educators. This event is the first in a series of policy forums where the Department will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to review and discuss teacher preparation policy proposals that will be developed over the course of the next year.

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.


December 10, 2014
Release of Believe and Prepare PK-12 RFA
*An RFA for districts and preparation programs interested in redesigning early childhood programs will be released in Winter 2015.

December  15, 2014 –  February 13, 2015
Application Submission Period

February 13, 2015

March 16-18, 2015


April 2015
Announcement of Cohort 2 Awardees

April 2015 – June 30, 2016
Grant Award Period

Believe and Prepare In the News

"Teachers May Face More On-the-Job Training"

"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"