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TeachLSUS Alternative Certification Program

Why Join?

Make a Difference
Our community's classrooms need enthusiastic, determined leaders who have a desire to impact the future of the region and the lives of our children. We are looking for program candidates who understand the importance of education at all levels and who will directly influence their communities.  Our children need innovative professionals to inspire them to reach their goals.

Research has shown that the single greatest factor in student achievement is a dedicated and highly-qualified teacher. As a teacher in northwest Louisiana, you will become part of an inspiring team of educators who make a huge difference in the lives of children.

Teacher Salary and Benefits
All TeachLSUS teachers receive, at minimum, the same salary schedule as a regularly certified first-year teacher in their school district.  The exact salary is dependent on the school district, education, experience, and the subject/grade level. The starting teacher salary for beginning teachers in our seven parish region ranges from $36,000 - $48,000.  In addition to salary, many candidates who enroll in the TeachLSUS program are eligible for health insurance, retirement, and additional benefits. Visit our helpful links page to access district websites. 

While Louisiana State University in Shreveport does not provide for any direct loan forgiveness, according to the Federal Student Aid website, many TeachLSUS participants may teach in schools that qualify for the teacher federal loan deferral and/or cancellation program.  For further information about Cancellation/Deferment Options for Teachers, visit the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Website.

The Federal Student Aid Information Center may be contacted toll free at:

  • 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
  • 1-800-730-8913 (TTY for the hearing-impaired)

The Federal Student Aid Information Center may also be contacted by e-mail through an online form.

Training and Support
Our state-of-the-art facilities include amenities such as a high-tech computer lab and a Curriculum Resources Center.  The computer lab and Curriculum Resource Center hours of operation vary.  Call 318-797-5039 for hours of operation information.

The university faculty is comprised of dedicated professionals who are concerned with preparing candidates for all aspects of becoming a teacher. To assure successful completion of the program, students are given the opportunity to observe in local classrooms and are assigned a college supervisor once enrolled in student teaching or the internship. The employing school district will provide a mentor for new teachers to offer advice and give new and innovative ideas. Given that many teacher candidates work as full-time school teachers while pursuing certification, night classes are available.  Classes typically begin between 4:00pm -6:00pm and meet for three hours once a week. At this time very few of our courses are 50%-100% online.