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 March 6, 2015 over 100 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.

2015-2016 BELIEVE AND PREPARE RECIPIENTS ARE:

Community of Practice: Admitting Candidates in the 2015-2016 School Year

  • Algiers Charter School Association in partnership with TNTP
  • Ascension Parish Schools (as a private provider of teacher certification)
  • Caddo Parish Schools (as a private provider of teacher certification)
  • Crescent City Schools in partnership with Relay Graduate School of New Orleans
  • Cypress Academy in partnership with Foundation Preparatory and Vanderbilt University
  • DeSoto Parish Schools in partnership with Northwestern State University
  • FirstLine, KIPP and New Orleans College Prep in partnership with Relay Graduate School of New Orleans
  • Lusher Charter School in partnership with Tulane University
  • Orleans Parish Schools in partnership with Xavier University and Nunez Community College
  • Ouachita  and Union Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana Tech University
  • Rapides Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana State University-Alexandria
  • St. Landry Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana State University-Eunice
  • Terrebonne Parish Schools in partnership with Nicholls State University
  • West Baton Rouge Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana State University

Community of Development: Admitting Candidates in the 2016-2017 School Year:

  • ARISE Schools of New Orleans in partnership with TNTP and Match Education
  • Bossier Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana State University-Shreveport
  • Calcasieu Parish Schools in partnership with McNeese State University
  • Celerity Schools in partnership with University of New Orleans
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana State University’s Cain Center
  • Louisiana Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired (applying as a private provider of teacher certification)
  • Morehouse Parish Schools & Richland Parish Schools in partnership with University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Plaquemines Parish Schools in partnership with Our Lady of Holy Cross College and School Leadership Center
  • Rapides Parish Schools in partnership with Louisiana College
  • Sabine Parish Schools (applying as a private provider of teacher certification)
  • St. John the Baptist Schools (applying as a private provider of teacher certification)
  • St. Martin Parish Schools


Believe and Prepare In the News

"Ascension Parish One of 14 Recipients of Grant for Alternate Teacher Certification Program"

“Education officials discuss ways to better prepare new teachers”

"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"