Admission Requirements 2018-04-13T09:35:18+00:00

Admission Requirements for Alternate Certification programs

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (4.0 scale).
  3. Passing scores on Praxis Core (reading, writing, math) tests or master’s degree or ACT composite score of at least 22 or SAT combined verbal and math score of at least 1030.
  4. Passing score/s on the Praxis II content test(s) in teaching area/grade level.
    • Candidates for early childhood grades PK-3: pass early childhood content specific test(s). See Praxis II content tests requirements in Louisiana at TeachLouisiana.
    • Candidates for elementary grades 1-5 (regular education and mild/moderate special education): pass elementary content specific test(s). See Praxis II content tests requirements in Louisiana at TeachLouisiana.
    • Candidates for middle grades 4-8 (regular education and mild/moderate special education): pass middle school content area (mathematics, English/language arts, science, social studies) test(s). See Praxis II content tests requirements in Louisiana at TeachLouisiana.
    • Candidates for secondary grades 6-12 (regular education and mild/moderate special education): pass secondary subject-specific test(s) for the content area in which they seek certification. See Praxis II content tests required in Louisiana at TeachLouisiana
  5. Admission to NSU Graduate School (GRE is NOT required for alternate certification programs)

Alternate Certification Informational Packet

Retention in Alternate Certification Programs

  1. Candidates must maintain Graduate School enrollment eligibility.
  2. Candidates must earn grades no lower than “C” in certification courses.
  3. Candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average no lower than 2.50.

(Candidates who are not eligible for retention in one alternate certification program may not transfer to another alternate certification program at Northwestern.)

Completing Alternate Certification Programs

  1. Candidates enrolled in the M.A.T. and non-master’s music education programs must pass the Praxis II pedagogy test in order to enroll in internship courses.
  2. Candidates enrolled in the practitioner program must pass the Praxis II pedagogy test in order to be eligible for Louisiana licensure.