Louisiana State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

Discipline Audiologist
License/Certificate Audiology License
State Department Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
State Department Hyperlink http://lbespa.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework A. Coursework Requirements??Audiology License and Provisional Audiology License. The applicant shall submit official transcripts from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities evidencing completion of at least 75 semester credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework for applicants who began a doctoral program after January 1, 2005. B. Coursework Requirements??Audiology License and Provisional Audiology License. The following coursework requirements apply to applicants who began a master's program after January 1, 1994. 1. The applicant shall submit official transcripts from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities evidencing completion of at least 75 semester hours of coursework which constitutes a well-integrated program that includes at least: a. 6 semester credit hours in biological/physical sciences and mathematics; b. 6 semester credit hours in behavioral and/or social sciences; c. 15 semester credit hours in basic human communication processes to include the anatomic and physiologic bases, the physical and psychophysical bases, and the linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects. 2.a. Thirty-six semester credit hours of professional coursework in audiology; 30 of which shall be in courses for which graduate credit was received*; b. a maximum of 6 academic semester credit hours associated with clinical practicum may be counted toward the minimum of 30 semester credit hours of professional coursework. *If seeking licensure in both speech-language pathology and audiology, at least 15 graduate level semester hours in each area are required. C. Coursework Requirements??Audiology License and Provisional Audiology License. The following coursework requirements apply to applicants who began a master's program prior to January 1, 1994. 1. The applicant shall submit official transcripts from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities evidencing completion of at least 60 semester hours of coursework which constitutes a well-integrated program that includes at least 12 semester credit hours in basic human communication processes to include the anatomic and physiologic bases, the physical and psychophysical bases, and the linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects. 2.a. Thirty semester credit hours of professional coursework in audiology*: i. 6 in hearing disorders and hearing evaluation; ii. 6 in habilitative/rehabilitative procedures; iii. 6 semester credit hours in speech-language pathology. b. Twenty-one of the 30 semester credit hours shall be in courses for which graduate credit was received. c. A maximum of 6 academic semester credit hours associated with clinical practicum may be counted toward the minimum of 30 semester credit hours of professional coursework, but those hours may not be used to satisfy the minimum of 6 semester credit hours in hearing disorders/evaluation, 6 hours in habilitative/rehabilitative procedures, or 6 hours in speech-language pathology, or the 21 graduate credits in the professional area for which the license is sought.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 1820 clinical practicum hours
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? American Speech-Language Hearing Association Praxis Audiology Exam pass: 170
Additional requirements specific for schools? Ancillary Certification "Audiologist"

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Discipline Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist
License/Certificate Hearing Impaired Licensurse (K-12)
State Department Louisiana Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=650
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Kindergarten - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Twenty-one (21) credit hours that pertain to children with hearing impairments, the following areas must be addressed: Introduction to Special Education; Physiological, psychosocial, sociological, and cultural aspects of deafness; Speech and speech reading; Educational Audiology, auditory assistive devices and technology; Communication Methodology; Language development that includes linguistic principles and assessment strategies in language acquisitions for deaf and hard of hearing; Instructional strategies and curriculum development for deaf and hard of hearing
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Complete three (3) credit hours of internship of students with hearing impairments or three (3) years of successful teaching experience of student with hearing impairments.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) pass: 150 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354 or 5354) pass: 145 Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (0271) pass: 160
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Out-of-Field Authorization to Teach (OFAT) May be issued to an employing school system for three (3) years while the holder pursues endorsements (add-on) certification requirements. If a teacher is actively pursuing certification in the field and the LDE has designated the area as an area that requires extensive hours for completion, up to two additional years of renewal may be granted. These designated areas are: Academically Gifted, Early Interventionist, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, and Significant Disabilities One additional year of renewability may be granted for applicant pursuing Mild/Moderate certification. The employing district superintendent must provide a signed statement certifying that "there is no regularly certified, competent, and suitable person available for the position" and that applicant is the best-qualified person available for the position (Individual must hold a valid Louisiana teaching certificate or OS certificate and be teaching outside of their certified area.)

Early Childhood Educator

Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Early Childhood Certificate
State Department Louisiana Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=650
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - 3rd grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework A traditional teacher preparation program is a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Science degree program that includes general education courses, a certification area of focus, professional education, 180 hours of field experiences, and one semester of student teaching or internship in a school.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 180 hours of field experiences, and one semester of student teaching or internship in a school.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Prerequisites of each traditional teaching preparation program differ. Since Praxis exams are required for state certification, these exams are part of the admission standards as well as the completion standards of all teacher preparation programs. Praxis I (PPST) and Praxis II Content Exams: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge 0014 or 5014(pass 150) Pedagogy Requirement: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 0354 or 5354 (pass 145) & PLT: Early Childhood 0621 (pass 157)
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Early Interventionist add on certification; licenses accepted for EI Certificate (add on) include: PK -3rd grade, Elem Ed, K-12, Secondary, or Special Education
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary There are three alternative routes for certification, the Practitioner Teacher Program, Master�s Degree Program and the Certification-Only Program. Practitioner Teacher Program is not available for Early Interventionist Certification. A Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) May be issued for one (1) school year, upon completion of the one year of employment on this certificate, holder must fulfill guidelines for a Practitioner License or a higher-level certificate. Out-of-Field Authorization to Teach (OFAT) May be issued to an employing school system for three (3) years while the holder pursues endorsements (add-on) certification requirements. If a teacher is actively pursuing certification in the field and the LDE has designated the area as an area that requires extensive hours for completion, up to two additional years of renewal may be granted. These designated areas are: Academically Gifted, Early Interventionist, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, and Significant Disabilities One additional year of renewability may be granted for applicant pursuing Mild/Moderate certification. The employing district superintendent must provide a signed statement certifying that there is no regularly certified, competent, and suitable person available for the position" and that applicant is the best-qualified person available for the position (Individual must hold a valid Louisiana teaching certificate or OS certificate and be teaching outside of their certified area.)

Early Childhood Special Educator

Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Early Interventionist
State Department Louisiana Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Teachers.aspx?PageID=650
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework A traditional teacher preparation program is a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Science degree program that includes general education courses, a certification area of focus, professional education, 180 hours of field experiences, and one semester of student teaching or internship in a school.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 180 hours of field experiences, and one semester of student teaching or internship in a school.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Prerequisites of each traditional teaching preparation program differ. Since Praxis exams are required for state certification, these exams are part of the admission standards as well as the completion standards of all teacher preparation programs. Praxis I (PPST) and Praxis II Content Exams: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge 0014 or 5014(pass 150) Pedagogy Requirement: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 0354 or 5354 (pass 145) & PLT: Early Childhood 0621 (pass 157)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary There are three alternative routes for certification, the Practitioner Teacher Program, Master�s Degree Program and the Certification-Only Program. Practitioner Teacher Program is not available for Early Interventionist Certification. A Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) May be issued for one (1) school year, upon completion of the one year of employment on this certificate, holder must fulfill guidelines for a Practitioner License or a higher-level certificate. Out-of-Field Authorization to Teach (OFAT) May be issued to an employing school system for three (3) years while the holder pursues endorsements (add-on) certification requirements. If a teacher is actively pursuing certification in the field and the LDE has designated the area as an area that requires extensive hours for completion, up to two additional years of renewal may be granted. These designated areas are: Academically Gifted, Early Interventionist, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, and Significant Disabilities One additional year of renewability may be granted for applicant pursuing Mild/Moderate certification. The employing district superintendent must provide a signed statement certifying that there is no regularly certified, competent, and suitable person available for the position" and that applicant is the best-qualified person available for the position (Individual must hold a valid Louisiana teaching certificate or OS certificate and be teaching outside of their certified area.)

Family Therapist

Discipline Family Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
State Department Louisiana Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.lpcboard.org/index.htm
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Program of study accredited by COAMFTE OR to show equivalency: 1. Theoretical Knowledge of Marriage and Family Therapy (2 course min) 2. Clinical Knowledge of Marriage and Family Therapy (4 course min) 3. Assessment and Treatment in Marriage and Family Therapy (2 course min) 4. Individual, couple, and Family Development (1 course min) 5. Professional Identity and Ethics (1 course min) 6. Research (1 course min) 7. Additional Learning (1 course min) 8. Practicum and Internship
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 500 Supervised face to face direct client contact hours with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups from a systemic/relational perspective with 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. At least 250 of the required 500 direct client hours must be with couples or families present in the therapy room. If a student is simultaneously being supervised and having direct client contact (i.e. live supervision), the time may be counted as both supervision time and direct client contact time.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board's (AMFTRB) Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (no specific scores provided).

Nurse

Discipline Nurse
License/Certificate Registered Nurse
State Department Louisiana Board of Nursing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/Home.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Applicant must have successfully completed the State Board Test Pool Examination and earned a score of 350 or above in each area or have written the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and earned a passing score of 1600 or pass on pass/fail scale.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Ancillary School Nurse from Dept of Ed requires current Louisiana registered nurse license.

Occupational Therapist

Discipline Occupational Therapist
License/Certificate Occupational Therapist
State Department Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.lsbme.la.gov/licensure/index
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Board of Certified Occupational Therapist (NBOCT) Certified Occupational Therapist Exam (Score of 450)
Additional requirements specific for schools? Ancillary Certification

Physical Therapist

Discipline Physical Therapist
License/Certificate Physical Therapy License
State Department Louisiana Board of Physical Therapy Board
State Department Hyperlink http://laptboard.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) passing score of 600 Jurisprudence Exam required (computer-based, open book) min score not found
Additional requirements specific for schools? Ancillary Certification

Psychologist

Discipline Psychologist
License/Certificate Clinical Psychology License
State Department Louisiana Board of Examiners of Psychologists
State Department Hyperlink http://www.lsbep.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 300 hours of practicum experience that precedes the internship
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) Written and oral exam per state board. After the Board has admitted an applicant to candidacy, accepted his or her EPPP scores, approved his or her documentation of supervision, and ascertained the completion of all licensing criteria, the candidate will be invited to sit for the jurisprudence and oral examinations. Upon successful completion of both examinations, the candidate may be licensed for the independent practice of psychology in the State of Louisiana. EPPP

School Psychologist

Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate State Ed Dept: Ancillary Certification Application - School Psychologist including: School Psychologist Level A (Doctorate) and Level B (Masters or Specialist) Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
State Department Louisiana Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.teachlouisiana.net/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Kindergarten - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National School Psychology Examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS/PRAXIS II #10401) pass 165 for NCSP certification
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Must be employed by a school system. Supervision according to license.

Social Worker

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW )
State Department Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.labswe.org/index.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Association of Social Work Boards 70
Additional requirements specific for schools? Ancillary Certification "Social Worker"

Speech Language Pathologist

Discipline Speech Language Pathologist
License/Certificate L-SLP-- Speech-Language Pathologist
State Department Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
State Department Hyperlink http://www.lbespa.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 400 clinical practicum hours if graduate program began after January 1, 2004
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Passing score on Praxis examination or ASHA certification; Evidence of a passing score on the LBESPA approved examination in audiology or speech-language pathology shall be submitted to LBESPA by the testing agency administering the examination. Scores received directly from the applicant are not acceptable for licensing purposes. The passing score shall be the score determined by the testing agency at the time the applicant completes the examination.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Ancillary Certification "Speech Pathologist" The Louisiana Department of Education requires speech-language pathologists to have ancillary certification in order to provide services in schools, as well as state licensure (renewable every year). An ancillary certificate allows a qualified person who is not a certified teacher to perform only those services that are specifically stated on the certificate.

Vision Specialist

Discipline Vision Specialist
License/Certificate Visual Impairments/Blind K-12
State Department Louisiana Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.teachlouisiana.net/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Kindergarten - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Orientation and mobility for the classroom teacher Assessment and Evaluation techniques, including functional vision evaluation and reading media assessment Assistive technology for students with visual impairments Educational implications of low vision and blindness Instructional strategies and materials for students with visual impairments Introduction to Braille, including literary and Nemeth codes Braille II
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Complete three (3) credit hours of internship of students with visually impaired or blind OR three (3) years of successful teaching experience of student with visual impairments or blind.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) pass 150; Special Education: Core Content Knowledge and Applications (0354 or 5354) pass 145 National Certification of Literary Braille or demonstrate an oral braille reading speed of 70 wpm
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Out-of-Field Authorization to Teach (OFAT) May be issued to an employing school system for three (3) years while the holder pursues endorsements (add-on) certification requirements. If a teacher is actively pursuing certification in the field and the LDE has designated the area as an area that requires extensive hours for completion, up to two additional years of renewal may be granted. These designated areas are: Academically Gifted, Early Interventionist, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, and Significant Disabilities One additional year of renewability may be granted for applicant pursuing Mild/Moderate certification. The employing district superintendent must provide a signed statement certifying that "there is no regularly certified, competent, and suitable person available for the position" and that applicant is the best-qualified person available for the position (Individual must hold a valid Louisiana teaching certificate or OS certificate and be teaching outside of their certified area.)