Certification Only (K-12)


  1. Areas of Certification
  2. Admission Criteria
  3. Apply Now
  4. Foreign Credentials
  5. Contact Information




Thank you for your interest in our Certification-Only Alternate Path Program for Grades K-12. Southeastern's “Alt Cert” program requires the completion of 27-33 hours of Education courses.


Included in the coursework is one semester of student teaching. However, if you are employed as a teacher in the content area in which you are seeking certification, you may apply to have a two-semester internship substitute for student teaching. Additionally, students documenting at least three years of teaching experience in their content area at a state-approved school may apply to the Louisiana Department of Education for a student teaching waiver. Once admitted to the program, your academic advisor will provide additional information concerning this process.



Areas of Certification


Select an area of interest to learn more about course requirements. Please note that students pursuing alternate certification in vocal or instrumental music must first have a degree in music.




Health and Physical Education

Music - Vocal

Music - Instrumental

Spanish Education

French Education




Admission Criteria

  1. Degree

    Bachelor's or Master's Degree from an Accredited Institution

  2. Grade Point Average

    2.5 Cumulative Undergraduate G.P.A.


    3.0 Master's G.P.A.

    (G.P.A. requirements are mandated by our accreditation agency and cannot be waived.)

  3. Praxis I* Exam

    Effective 9/1/14: Passing scores on PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (156) Writing (162) Math (150) [Refer to Program Plan for PRAXIS I test codes] 


    ACT Composite Score of 22 or Higher


    SAT Composite Score of 1030 or Higher


    Earned Master's Degree

  4. Praxis II* Exam: Passing Score(s) on Required Content Area Exam

    *To learn more about the Praxis Exams, including test sites and application fees and deadlines, visit www.ets.org/praxis.)

  5. Practitioner License* Eligibility Documentation (if applicable)

    Students who have completed 80 contact hours of classroom readiness training may be immediately eligible to apply for a Practitioner License. Documentation for ONE of the following must be provided:

    1. Transfer at least six (6) hours of "KNOWLEDGE OF THE LEARNER AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT" courses. (These courses are listed on your Official Plan of Study forms.)
    2. Document teaching experience in the content area by submitting employment verification on official letterhead.

*Learn more about the Practitioner License


Apply Now 


  1. Submit the following documents to:

    Coordinator, Certification-Only Alternate Certification Program
    College of Education
    SLU 10671
    Hammond, LA 70401

    1. Application for Admission to the Alternate Certification Program
    2. Official Transcripts of All Universities Attended
    3. Praxis I and/or II Scores (must be within last 10 years)
    4. If ACT or SAT scores will be used for admission, official verification of those scores must also be submitted (Scores must be within the last 10 years). To request a copy of your scores, contact:

      ACT www.act.org
      SAT www.collegeboard.org
    5. Documentation of Practitioner License eligibility (if applicable)
  2. Apply for Graduate Admission through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. This office will also require official copies of transcripts from all universities attended, as well as immunization records. Be sure to note application fees and deadlines.


Foreign Credentials


Students with foreign credentials must have the equivalent of a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from the United States. You may choose to submit your credentials to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Office of International Education Services or World Education Services (WES). The applicant shall submit his/her credentials to AACRAO or WES for evaluation, at the following addresses:

One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite #520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
Phone: (202) 296-3359 FAX (202) 872-8857


Bowling Green Station
P. O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311 FAX: (212) 739-6100




The original evaluation from AACRAO  or WES on "Script Safe" paper must be submitted to the Southeastern Office of Graduate Admissions upon application to the university, and must include a course-by-course evaluation. Only AACRAO or WES will be accepted by the Louisiana Department of Education for teacher certification.


The evaluation of credentials by the Graduate Admissions Office must verify that the student has the equivalent of a United States college baccalaureate degree. The evaluation must also evaluate credits in terms of Southeastern equivalent courses, particularly in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The student must complete, with a 2.5 GPA, the General Education requirements for Louisiana teachers as specified in Bulletin 746 for the appropriate certification being taught. After General Education requirements are completed, the student may be admitted to the Alternate Certification Program.



Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Brenda Silk

Charles E. Cate Teacher Education Center

1300 North General Pershing, Suite 1018

SLU 10671, Hammond, LA 70402

Phone: 985-549-2217

Fax: 985-549-2070