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Alternate Certification Pathways 

Northwestern offers alternate certification through three pathways listed below. Please, refer to admission and retention requirements.
 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
This online program is available to those who have already completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Graduation leads to both a Louisiana teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Students can continue to work, whether in a school or other setting, until the final two semesters of internship.
The following certification areas are available:
For more information, contact Coordinator of Alternate Certification, Ramona Wynder wynderr@nsula.edu or 318-357-4058.

Practitioner Teacher Program (PREP)   NOW AVAILABLE 100% ONLINE!!!!

This summer intensive program is available to those who have already completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Candidates complete 9 graduate course hours during the summer, preparing you to start teaching immediately! Candidates will then enroll in 6 graduate hours of internship and seminars in both fall and spring semesters for a total of 21 graduate hours. 
Participants must be employed in an NSU-approved teaching position. Completion leads to a Louisiana teaching license in Elementary grades 1-5, Middle grades 4-8, or Secondary grades 6-12.
Consult an academic advisor to apply a portion of hours earned to a Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction.  Field experiences are required throughout the program so that graduates are prepared to work in diverse settings and help all students learn.
For more information, contact Coordinator of Alternate Certification, Ramona Wynder wynderr@nsula.edu or 318-357-4058.
Alternate Certification in Music K-12

This program leads to Louisiana teacher certification in grades K-12 for instrumental or vocal music. The courses are offered in a hybrid format of online and traditional classroom (33-42 hours).

For more information, contact Dr. Greg Handel at handelg@nsula.edu

Field Experiences for Professional Studies Programs

Requirements for every professional studies course include field experiences in Louisiana public schools and classrooms. Field experiences are designed to broaden your base of knowledge and provide the opportunity for observation and participation in multiple and diverse classrooms and schools. NSU's commitment to diversity is a major tenet in our Models for Learning framework.

Many students in these programs may currently work and/or teach in a school setting. While effective teachers at your school may be available for you to observe,your viewing different learning environments and school climates that DIFFER from your own is critical. With the exception of the methods/practicum course(s) in your program, a minimal number of field experience hours for each course must be conducted outside of your own school/classroom and a site with significantly different demographics. Even with multiple classes per semester, the practitioner teacher can meet these requirements with minimal professional leave necessary.

 For further information, contact the Office of Field Experiences and Clincial Practice.