Significant Disabilities

Add-on certification must be added to a valid Louisiana teaching certificate. 

Course Requirements

Southeastern Course Used  Louisiana State Department Category
SPED 608 Assessment and Evaluation
SPED 603 Curriculum Development, modifications,
and transition planning
SPED 612 Behavior Support
SPED 649 Instructional Strategies
SPED 670 Communication
SPED 767 Collaborative techniques and family partnerships
SPED 650 Characteristics of students with significant
disabilities, physical support, health and


Additional Louisiana State Department of Education Certification Requirements:

  • Achieve a passing score for PRAXIS Education of Exceptional Students: Severe to Profound Disabilities & Education of Exceptional Children: Core Content Knowledge if completed prior to 12/31/10. After 1/1/11 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications.
  • Complete three (3) credit hours of internship of students with significant disabilities OR three (3) years of successful teaching experience of student with significant disabilities.

Upon completing all requirements, the teacher's district will send an Evaluation, Add-On, Course Approval & Name Change Application (Application Type - EV) and any other documents (e.g., transcripts) to the Louisiana State Department of Education to add the new area to the existing teaching certificate.