Ascension Parish School Board

Teach Ascension Academy

Human Resources

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  • Dates will be posted soon.

What is Teach Ascension Academy?

  • Ascension Public Schools is an “A” school system that is committed to providing each student the high-quality education necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world.
  • In 2007, the district began implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP). The TAP system incorporates four research-based elements of success as their means of improving instruction and the achievement of students:  multiple career paths, ongoing applied professional growth, instructionally focused accountability, and performance-based compensation.
  • Teach Ascension Academy, Ascension’s district-based teacher certification program, incorporates the elements of TAP, which have proven to increase the quality of instruction and student achievement, to prepare new teachers to teach in Ascension schools.

Minimum enrollment Requirements

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5  or higher as evidenced by an official transcript
  • Have passing scores on PRAXIS I (or equivalent ACT/SAT score) and PRAXIS II (content knowledge) for the designated area in which the teacher will be teaching
  • Be selected into the program after participating in a rigorous selection process


Selection Process

  • Teach Ascension Academy is a highly selective program.  During the first year of implementation, approximately 20% of all applicants were offered a position in the program.
  • The selection process will consist of a written application, a writing sample, a teaching sample, a data analysis task, a video review, and an individual interview.
  • Candidates that demonstrate the potential to be effective educators will be offered admittance into the program.


Initial Training

Candidates that successfully complete the interview process will complete four weeks of intensive professional development.

Sessions during this  training will include:

  • Classroom Management
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Standards-Based Lesson and Unit Planning based on student need and Backward Design
  • Foundational Reading
  • Teaching high-poverty students  

Candidates will also be given field experience during the summer.  Teachers will observe, co-teach, plan, and teach lessons during a  summer school program in Ascension Parish. After initial training and internship is completed, candidates will be evaluated to determine readiness for classroom placement in one of the TAP schools.


Training and Support During the School Year

As a teacher in a TAP school, candidates would have the following support and professional development available to them:

  • Assistance, support, and follow up by a master teacher at a 1:15 ratio
  • Assistance, support, and follow up by a mentor teacher at a 1:10 ratio
  • 90 minutes weekly professional development in cluster meetings during the school day
  • 90 minutes weekly Professional Learning Community meeting time during the school day
  • 4 TAP Evaluations per year with intensive post conference to ensure improvement and growth
  • In addition to the support of a TAP Master and Mentor teacher, a Highly Effective Supervising Teacher will also support each candidate at a 1:1 ratio


Certification Areas

Teach Ascension Academy offers certification in the following content areas:

Early Childhood Education PK-3

Mild/Moderate 1-5 / Elementary 1-5

Elementary Education 1-5

Mild/Moderate 4-8 / English 4-8

Middle Grades English 4-8

Mild/Moderate 4-8 / Mathematics 4-8

Middle Grades Mathematics 4-8

Mild/Moderate 4-8 / Science 4-8

Middle Grades Science 4-8

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / English 6-12

Biology (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / Mathematics 6-12

Chemistry (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / Biology 6-12

Earth Science (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / Chemistry 6-12

Environmental Science (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / Earth Science 6-12

General Science (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / Environmental Science 6-12

Physics (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / General Science 6-12

English (6-12)

Mild/Moderate 6-12 / Physics 6-12

Mathematics (6-12)

Agriculture (6-12)

Business Education (6-12)

Family & Consumer Sciences (6-12)

Technology Education (6-12)



Praxis Requirements

Praxis I must be taken and passed prior to applying for the program. You are exempt from Praxis one if you have:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited college
  • A 22 or higher on the ACT
  • A combined verbal and math score of 1030 on the SAT
  • You must be able to provide original transcripts or ACT/SAT scores to qualify for the exemption.

Praxis II (Content Knowledge Exams) must be taken prior to starting the initial training.

Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching) must be taken prior to the end of your first year of teaching.


Program costs

  • Tuition for the program is $4,000. This is comparable to other alternative certification programs in the area. However, there is no out of pocket expense as long as you teach in an Ascension Parish school for two years.
  • After teaching one full year  in an Ascension Parish school, $2,000 of your tuition will be paid for by APSB.
  • After teaching  two full years in an Ascension Parish school, the remainder of your tuition will be paid for by APSB.
  • If you leave the district before the two year commitment is met, you will be responsible  for reimbursement of the remaining balance of your tuition to APSB.
  • Praxis exam fees (paid to ETS) varies depending on the number of exams required for  certification area. Individual exams cost @$90-$150 each.
  • $50 application fee for a Practitioner License (paid to the LA DOE), due at the end of summer training



Do I have to have Praxis exams passed before applying to the program?

  • Yes, you must have Praxis I passed or meet the exemption requirements prior to applying to the program, you must have Praxis II passed before initial training begins.

 Am I guaranteed a job in Ascension Parish if accepted into the program?

  • No, all participants must secure a position by interviewing with school principals. Last year, 100% of participants secured employment.

 Can I teach in any school in Ascension Parish through this program? 

  • You may only teach in Ascension Parish schools who implement TAP. Currently, this includes: Donaldsonville Primary, Lowery Elementary, Gonzales Primary, Sorrento Primary, Central Primary, Carver Primary, Lakeside Primary, Duplessis Primary, Pecan Grove Primary, Lowery Middle, Gonzales Middle, and Donaldsonville High.

 Do I need a college degree to apply to this program?

  • Yes, in order to apply to Teach Ascension Academy, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In addition, you must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above.

 When does initial training take place?

  • Final dates have not been set yet, but most likely, initial training will take place during the entire month of June 2016.

 What is the time commitment for Initial Training?

  • Initial training is a full time commitment Monday- Friday from 7:30 am- 4:30 pm


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