Apply to an NSU alternate certification program in four easy steps!
Step 1. Complete an online application for admission to the NSU Graduate School here
Step 2. Submit official transcripts to both the NSU Graduate School (for admission to NSU) and TEACHNorthwestern (for teacher licensure and certification). For more information, click here.
Step 3. Submit a resume, complete the Louisiana Department of Education Professional Conduct Form, and submit official Praxis I and II scores (if you have taken those tests). These forms and information may be submitted electronically to TEACHNorthwestern@nsula.edu or by mail to the Office of Teacher Candidacy and Certification, NSU COEHD, Natchitoches, LA 71497.
Step 4. Register for and present passing scores on the following examinations:
- Praxis CORE Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests. If you have 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, the Praxis I exam is not required.
- Praxis Content Area exam in your certification area. (Information regarding tests required by Louisiana is available on the last pages of the alternate certification packet.)
Once we receive your Graduate School application, a questionnaire will be emailed to you. Please complete and return electronically to TEACHNorthwestern@nsula.edu