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NSU will offer information session for PREP, accelerated teacher certification program
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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s College of Education and Human Development will host an information session for individuals interested in the university’s Practitioner Teacher Program (PREP). PREP is Northwestern State’s fast track for individuals with a passion for teaching to become certified in one year.

The information session will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the board meeting room of the Natchitoches Parish School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

PREP is available for individuals who have already completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and begins with an intensive summer session June 4-July 31. Candidates complete nine total hours during the summer session and then enroll in six total hours in both fall and spring semesters. Completion leads to a Louisiana teaching license for elementary grades 1-5, middle grades 4-8 or secondary grades 6-12.

Requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and passing score on the PRAXIS Pre-Professional Skills tests in reading, writing and math. An earned master’s degree, an ACT composite score of at least 22 or an SAT combined verbal and math score of at least 1030 will substitute for passing PPST scores. The program will accept a minimum GRE score of 280-281 in new scoring or 750 in old scoring in verbal and quantitative exam. Candidates must also present a letter of intent to employ from a public school district guaranteeing a teaching position in certification area for the school year following enrollment in PREP courses. Fifteen hours of PREP can also be applied towards a Master of Education degree.

Summer registration will begin March 26.

“One advantage of the Practitioner Teacher program is that candidates have the opportunity to become a certified teacher in a one-year time period,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “As shown in recent value-added findings conducted by the State, completers of Northwestern State’s Practitioner Teacher program positively influence student learning and well-prepared for their daily work in the classroom.”

For more information, contact Ramona Wynder, Transition To Teaching facilitator at (318) 357-4058 or e-mail Information on PREP can also be found at

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