Alternative Teacher Certification Project


How do I apply to the ATCP?

Complete the ATCP application as well as a Grambling State University graduate admission application. Submit a copy of each of your official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies and an official copy to the ATCP Office. Upon receiving your complete application, we will notify you of your acceptance. Sign up and take Praxis II & I. For more information, please visit the

Am I eligible if I have no background in education?

Definitely! Our program is designed to prepare individuals for the classroom, who have little to no experience in education. Upon completion of our program, you will have acquired the skills necessary to enjoy a fulfilling career as a schoolteacher.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the Summer cohort is March 15th. All-interested candidates MUST take and pass both PRAXIS I & II, before being admitted to ATCP.

What happens after I apply?

After you apply and if you meet the basic requirements for acceptance into the program, you will be invited to commence the interview process. Subsequent to the interview process, you will receive notification of your status with the program. Next steps will also be included for those accepted.

I am currently teaching, but not certified. Can I apply to ATCP?

Absolutely! We will assist teachers currently in the school system to become certified.

How much will it cost?

The estimated total cost for the program will be based on the standard graduate fees set by Grambling State University.

I would like to teach, but I am not ready to assume a full-time position and fulfill the certification requirements at the same time, what can I do?

There are several options available and will be dealt on a case-to-case basis.

How do I know what area of certification to pursue?

The high-need areas for our local region are Mathematics and Science. Consider the programs we offer. Choose an area for which you have an appropriate content knowledge background and consider the student age level with which you will enjoy working.

Where will I teach? Can I pick the school?

We serve a nine-parish area: Bienville, East Carroll, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, Sabine, Union, Winn and Grant. You can certainly seek employment at the schools of your choice, but you should be aware that position openings do not have equally high-demand across all areas of certification.

I am a certified teacher, can I apply to ATCP?

No, you may not apply to ATCP. If you are interested in adding a certain content area, the helpful staff at ATCP will be ready and willing to offer any advice or information regarding this.

How much will I be paid?

ATCP participants are paid a regular, full-time teacher salary depending on educational district where you will be employed. You will also receive full benefits as outlined by your employing district, including health insurance and retirement benefits.

Can I transfer credits into the program?

No, you cannot transfer credits

Is there a limit to the number hours I may take at one time?

Yes. If you are employed as a full-time teacher, you may take up to six credit hours during the fall & spring semesters, and up to nine during the summer.

What if I am not working as a full-time teacher?

You may take up to six hours per semester during the fall & spring semesters.

What is Praxis?

Praxis I measures basic academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Praxis II measures general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. Please visit the Praxis website listed below for more information: