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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I register for the tests required for admission?    
You may register for Praxis I, Praxis II, and the Graduate Record Examination at www.ets.org.  For Praxis II, it is recommended that you verify the test code of your specific certification area with a member of the TEACH Project staff.

What is the university school code to send test scores?
The ULM school code is 6482. The minimum score requirements for Praxis I are: 176 for Reading, 175 for Writing, and 175 for Math. Once students take Praxis I, their scores will be considered as valid.

What are the GRE requirements for program admission?
A cumulative (verbal plus quantitative) score of 750 is required. For applicants who do not meet GPA and/or GRE requirements for regular admission, there is a possibility you may still be admitted into the program on a conditional status through the alternative formula. For more information, please contact us at alcert@ulm.edu or visit our admissions page.

What are the requirements for the revised GRE test? How long will my scores be valid?
We will convert all revised GRE test scores using guidelines provided by ETS. GRE scores are valid for five years.

How can I study for the Praxis test?
There are many online resources for students to study for the Praxis test. Please contact Whitney Sutherland by email or call 318-342-1260 to see if ULM has free practice test materials available for the exam you are taking.

Do I need to complete all requirements before being accepted? Could I complete the required credits for program admission while I am in the program?
Students need to complete all admission requirements before entering the program. This includes passing scores on all required tests as well as 20 hours of observations.

Is the TEACH program competitive?
Yes! Over 100 applicants apply for our program every year, and most of our applicants exceed the minimum requirements. In addition, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, and the New York Times have made favorable remarks about our program.

What school districts can I work in during my internship?
Interns can work in any school district in Louisiana, including private schools and charter schools. We have interns working in parishes all over the state.

Would I only be certified to teach in Louisiana after completing the program? Is my certification valid in other states?
After completing the program, students are only certified to teach in Louisiana. However, many states recognize Louisiana teacher certificates through reciprocity, meaning that certification in another state might only require another test and/or additional paperwork. You will need to contact the appropriate state certification authority for each state's specific requirements and reciprocity agreements.

Is the program 100% online? Will I be required to come to campus?
All classes are available online. However, students are required to attend a monthly seminar for the internship course.

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Students can apply for financial aid by contacting the ULM Financial Aid Office. TEACH Project stipend awards are also available for qualified participants. Stipends are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must meet the following requirements before being considered for TEACH Project stipend awards:

When should I start applying for the program?
Students should complete application packet and start applying before the application deadlines:

Are there any informational meetings or orientations concerning the program?
Students can schedule a meeting by contacting Whitney Sutherland, our program recruiter, by email at sutherland@ulm.edu. Students can also email at altcert@ulm.edu for more information about the program.

When do accepted students receive a program plan?
Students who have completed all admission requirements will be contacted to set up an interview. After the interview process is completed and you are admitted into the program, you will receive and sign a program plan and will beset up for advising. If you already have a teaching position, your school may send a letter of intent to hire on your behalf. If this is the case, you would be exempt from the interview and would instead set up a time with Ms. Sutherland to sign and receive your program plan.