Louise Kaltenbaugh

Director, Certificate-Only Program/Associate Professor, College of Education & Human Development

Email: lkaltenb@suno.edu

Phone: 504-286-5351

Room: LCMC 317

Why Students Choose Us

We prepare effective, caring and highly qualified teachers for any K-12 classroom. The nuts and bolts of the certification-only program is teaching and learning. To that end, our program welcomes former educators as well as educators in the making. We understand that intensive does not mean better and that fast-tracking does not equate to quality. Therefore, we strive to recruit the most qualified individuals to teach students; taking into consideration a review of past academic and professional performance.

In the College of Education and Human Development, our faculty members are experienced former K-12 teachers who espouse to the conceptual framework of preparing instructional leaders, continuous assessors, astute technologists, advocates for diversity and collaboration, and reflective practitioners. Students choose us because we offer a high quality teacher preparation program, affordable tuition and flexible class times that meet the need of the working adult.

Program Description

The College of Education and Human Development offers a certification only alternative teacher certification program for degreed students who wish to prepare for positions as early childhood, elementary or secondary school teachers.  Students who have earned undergraduate degrees in areas other than education may pursue teacher certification as non-degree students through the College of Education and Human Development by completing education courses required for certification plus necessary specialty course requirements. 

Certification Areas

Art Grades 6-12 (222 KB)

Early Childhood Education PK-3 (297 KB)

Elementary Education Grades 1-5 (297 KB)

Health and Physical Education Grades K-12 (246 KB)

Secondary Education Content Areas

Biology Grades 6-12 (222 KB)

English Grades 6-12 (222 KB)

Math Grades 6-12 (220 KB)

Social Studies (223 KB)

Admission Requirements

Admissions decisions are based on a review of past academic and professional performance. The minimum qualifications to be admitted into Southern University’s Certification-Only Program include the following: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Passing scores on Praxis I (PPST scores are accepted if taken before implementation of Praxis I Core). 
  • An ACT composite score 22 or an SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030 may be substituted for Praxis I requirements. However, if any part of Praxis I has been taken, whether or not a passing score was achieved, the ACT/SAT option is forfeited.  Individuals who have earned a Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university are exempt from Praxis I. 
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II content area exam.                    

Before submitting required documents to the Director of the Certification-Only Program, students must first apply for admission to Southern University at New Orleans and pay all application fees (Click here to apply). After applying to the University, students must complete an application for the Certification-Only Program. Your application packet must include: 

  • A completed Certification-Only application (Click here for an application)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, whether a degree was earned or not. Former SUNO students must also submit official transcripts.
  • Score reports for Praxis I and Praxis II content area.

If you do not meet the admission requirements to enroll into SUNO’s Certification-Only Program, click here.

More Department Details


The Alternative Certification-Only Program can be completed within two semesters and a summer provided candidates maintain full-time and continuous enrollment. This unit is committed to the responsibility of preparing instructional leaders, continuous assessors, astute technologists, advocates for diversity and collaboration, and reflective professionals.


Dr. Willie Jones, III, Dean/Co-Director of Alternative Certification-Only Program

Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh, Director of Alternative Certification-Only Program

Dr. Tanisca M. Wilson, Coordinator of Certification & Education Programs


The Alternative Certification-Only Unit prepares teachers to be able to:

  1. Combine a base of professional knowledge, including an understanding of how cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development occurs, with the recognition that learners are individuals who bring differing personal and family backgrounds, skills, abilities, perspectives, talents and interests.
  2. Understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  3. Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  4. Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  5. Engage in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice and seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.


The Alternative Certification-Only Program is a teacher credentialing program. Candidates enter the programs as degreed students, so they are counted as completers and not graduates.

2014-2016, approximately 205 completers (Title II Data)

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