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Louisiana Admissions Standards

State/CAEP Requirements

State-level requirements CAEP requirements
GPA requirement 2.2 individual minimum 3.0 cohort average
Test requirement A basic skills test

Teacher preparation programs can exempt candidates who demonstrate equivalent performance on the SAT or ACT.
Cohort average score on a nationally-normed test in the top 50th percentile

Citation

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Louisiana Revised Statute 17:7.1(2) and (7)
Bulletin 996 Standards for Approval of Teacher Education Programs 701
Bulletin 746 Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Teach Louisiana https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Prospect.aspx?PageID=3202

State Response

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Louisiana stated that although university-based preparation providers are required to be nationally accredited through CAEP, this policy is not representative of Louisiana's undergraduate admissions policies. These policies require a minimum 2.2 GPA for admission and a 2.5 GPA for graduation from an approved program. The state added that candidates are required to attain passing scores on the Praxis CASE, or equivalent scores on the SAT or ACT.

Louisiana stated that all programs should be listed as complying with state GPA and testing policies.

Louisiana Programs

Click below to see analyses of program-level compliance with GPA and/or testing requirements, as well as program responses to these findings.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
1120.0 (SAT)
25.5 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible

Southeastern Louisiana University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
No data available (SAT)
22 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible
Program Response

Southeastern Louisiana University noted that current program approval policies found in Bulletin 996 require university-based preparation providers to be nationally accredited through CAEP. However, this policy is not representative of Louisianas undergraduate admissions policies. The institution added that Louisianas GPA requirement is an individual minimum GPA of 2.2 and candidates must achieve passing scores on the Praxis Core assessment or substitute minimum ACT or SAT scores. Southeastern Louisiana University also noted that CAEP standards for GPA and admissions examinations do not align with Louisianas admissions GPA and assessment requirements and therefore should not be used as the basis for determining program compliance. The institution noted that its Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards have indicated that it has cohorts with GPAs of 3.0 or above. Finally, the institution added that it should be listed as meeting GPA and test requirements in NCTQ's analysis.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
1070.0 (SAT)
23.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible

Nicholls State University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
1055.0 (SAT)
22.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible
Program Response

Nicholls State University noted that current program approval policies found in Bulletin 996 require university-based preparation providers to be nationally accredited through CAEP. However, this policy is not representative of Louisianas undergraduate admissions policies. The institution added that Louisianas GPA requirement is an individual minimum GPA of 2.2 and candidates must achieve passing scores on the Praxis Core assessment or substitute minimum ACT or SAT scores. Nicholls State also noted that CAEP standards for GPA and admissions examinations do not align with Louisianas admissions GPA and assessment requirements and therefore should not be used as the basis for determining program compliance. The institution noted that its Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards have indicated that it has cohorts with GPAs of 3.0 or above. Finally, the institution added that it should be listed as meeting GPA and test requirements in NCTQ's analysis.

Louisiana Tech University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
1070.0 (SAT)
24.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible

McNeese State University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
1035 (SAT)
22 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible
Program Response

McNeese State University noted that all of its programs meet the state-required minimum GPA for admission, so the two "Possible" items in NCTQ's analysis should be changed to "Yes." The institution added that any candidate who falls below the stated minimum 2.5 GPA is put on probation and cannot continue to enroll in 300/400-level education coursework until the GPA is raised.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
990.0 (SAT)
22.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible
Program Response

Northwestern State University of Louisiana noted that current program approval policies found in Bulletin 996 require university-based preparation providers to be nationally accredited through CAEP. However, this policy is not representative of Louisianas undergraduate admissions policies. The institution added that Louisianas GPA requirement is an individual minimum GPA of 2.2 and candidates must achieve passing scores on the Praxis Core assessment or substitute minimum ACT or SAT scores. Northwestern State University of Louisiana also noted that CAEP standards for GPA and admissions examinations do not align with Louisianas admissions GPA and assessment requirements and therefore should not be used as the basis for determining program compliance. The institution noted that its Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards have indicated that it has cohorts with GPAs of 3.0 or above. Finally, the institution added that it should be listed as meeting GPA and test requirements in NCTQ's analysis.

Louisiana State University - Shreveport

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
490.0 (SAT)
22.5 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible

University of New Orleans

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
1150.0 (SAT)
23.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible

University of Louisiana at Monroe

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.5
555.0 (SAT)
22.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Possible Yes Possible
Program Response

The University of Louisiana at Monroe noted that current program approval policies found in Bulletin 996 require university-based preparation providers to be nationally accredited through CAEP. However, this policy is not representative of Louisianas undergraduate admissions policies. The institution added that Louisianas GPA requirement is an individual minimum GPA of 2.2 and candidates must achieve passing scores on the Praxis Core assessment or substitute minimum ACT or SAT scores. The University of Louisiana at Monroe also noted that CAEP standards for GPA and admissions examinations do not align with Louisianas admissions GPA and assessment requirements and therefore should not be used as the basis for determining program compliance. The institution noted that its Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards have indicated that it has cohorts with GPAs of 3.0 or above. Finally, the institution added that it should be listed as meeting GPA and test requirements in NCTQ's analysis.