State Alignment


Louisiana teachers who need to renew a lapsed certificate must provide evidence of earning six semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university.

The coursework must meet the following requirements:

– Teachers with multiple certification areas may complete coursework specific to any of their certification areas.
– Coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution.
– Coursework must be gained within the five-year period immediately preceding reinstatement of the certificate.
– Coursework cannot be a repeat of prior coursework shown on a transcript, unless the student failed or earned a “D” in the course.
– All final approval of coursework is made by the Division of Certification, Preparation, & Recruitment.
– A lapsed certificate may be reactivated for a period of one year, during which time the holder of the certificate is required to complete six semester credit hours of coursework.

1 Graduate Credit = 1 Semester Hour.

To extend an expired certificate you must have the LA employing district apply by submitting a completed Certification Update Packet & the appropriate certification fee. If the certificate which has expired is a Level 2 or 3 certificate, the Louisiana employing district must verify 150 CLUs of district-approved professional development by using the Certification Update Packet to request extension. If the teacher has not accumulated the appropriate CLUs, the expired certificate may be reactivated upon request of the employing authority for a period of one year, during which time the certificate holder must present evidence of successful completion of the required 150 CLUs. Failure to complete CLUs during the one-year reactivation period will result in an expired certificate that cannot be reinstated until the CLUs are completed & verified by the employing district. Approved Courses (PDF) to reinstate lapsed certificates.

For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Education website.