Continuing Education Opportunities for Educators

There are two tuition support programs available to Louisiana teachers who are interested in taking courses for college credit to continue their education.

BESE Tuition Program for Teachers

The BESE Tuition Program for Teachers is a competitive program that provides funding for selected teachers to enroll in courses at regionally accredited colleges or universities in Louisiana. Teachers selected into the program will have their tuition (excluding all other fees) for a single course paid directly to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Certified and currently employed classroom teachers are eligible to apply. Awardees are granted funding for a course, but not guaranteed enrollment in the course. Participating teachers must meet all course requirements and follow the enrollment process of the participating college or university.

STEM Fellows: To address the need for teachers certified in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to meet the growing needs of Louisiana’s STEM-based industries, applications for courses in STEM fields will be prioritized. Teachers participating in the program taking STEM-focused coursework will also join a cadre of educators called STEM Fellows, who will work with the Department and the LaSTEM Council to further STEM initiatives across the state.

Funding will be awarded as available. Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Apply to enroll in a course related to the implementation of a high school STEM Pathway;
  • Apply to enroll in a STEM course;
  • Teach one or more STEM classes;
  • Seek teacher certification in a STEM-related field;
  • Teach in a rural school system;
  • Teach at a school labeled Comprehensive Intervention Required and/or Urgent Intervention Required; and/or
  • Apply to enroll in a course that fits into a broader certification, higher degree or other professional development program.

Applications for spring 2020
term/semester funding are now open

For spring 2020 funding, courses submitted must begin no earlier than 1/1/2020 and end on or before 6/13/2020.

BESE Tuition Program Spring 2020 Application Button

For the spring 2020 funding cycle, the final deadline to submit completed applications is October 11, 2019. A signed and completed Employing Authority Approval Form must be uploaded within the full application or e-mailed to STEM@la.gov prior to the application deadline.

For questions about the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers, consult the Frequently Asked Questions or contact STEM@la.gov.

Classroom Teacher Enrollment Program (CTEP)

The Classroom Teacher Enrollment Program (CTEP) is run by the Louisiana Board of Regents and allows teachers to enroll in courses with unused seats at colleges and universities after the drop/add period has concluded. The CTEP program goes into effect when funding for the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers is exhausted

Visit the CTEP page on the Board of Regents’ website to learn more. For questions about CTEP, contact susannah.craig@regents.la.gov.