Early Interventionist Special Education: Certification-Only Alternative Path Program

Thank you for your interest in our Certification-Only Alternate Path Program in Early Interventionist Special Education. Southeastern's “Alt Cert” program requires the completion of 33-36 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.


      Official Plan of Study (Click Here)

  • Areas of Certification
  • Apply Now
  • Foreign Credentials
  • Contact Information

    Practitioner's License

    Students enrolled in one of Southeastern's Alternative Programs may be eligible for a Practitioner License which allows candidates to teach while working to obtain their alternate certification.

    License Eligibility 


    Praxis & Praxis Preparation Resources

    LDOE Praxis Score Requirements

    Praxis Preparation Resources (Some of the links may have changed, so you may want to do additional research for more current preparation materials.)

    ETS Testing and The Global Pandemic


    Tuition & Fees

    All fee payments must be made via LeoNet (Self Service>Campus Finances>Make a Payment via Nelnet) or by mailing a check, money order, or cashier's check to SLU, Controller's Office, SLU 10720, Hammond, LA  70402.  For assistance, please email studentaccounts@southeastern. edu or controller@southeastern.edu 

    The amounts below are subject to change so continue to check the link provided. http://www.southeastern.edu/ admin/controller/tuition/ index.html 


    Admission Criteria

    Admission to the Alternate Certification Program requires a Bachelor's or Master's Degree from an Accredited Institution.  Our admission requirements can be found at the link below.

    Admissions Requirements

    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
      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 ofGraduate 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 are 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:

    Mrs. 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