Teacher Education Initiatives


In 1997, the Louisiana Legislature designated $1,000,000 of the Higher Education Initiatives Fund to establish the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITAL) “for the purpose of improving university-based teacher training programs in Louisiana.” CITAL’s mission is to improve K-12 teacher preparation programs in all disciplines, consistent with national standards, statewide education reform initiatives, and policies of the Board of Regents and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

To carry out CITAL’s mission, the Board of Regents has entered into an authentic partnership with the Governor and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to create the Blue Ribbon Commission and to successfully secure a $3.4 million Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement State Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to more successfully recruit, prepare, and retain new teachers. As a result of these efforts, a totally new certification structure now exists in Louisiana, and all public and private universities are developing and implementing redesigned teacher preparation programs that address K-12 state and national content standards, state teacher standards, NCATE standards, PRAXIS expectations, and No Child Left Behind mandates.

Specific efforts supported by the Board of Regents to help improve the learning of PK-12 students by placing a caring and highly competent teacher in every classroom in Louisiana:

Associated Staff

Dr. Jeanne Burns
Associate Commissioner of Teacher and Leadership Initiatives
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North 3rd Street – Suite 6-200
P.O. Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
phone 225.342.4253 fax 225.342.3371

Linda Marino
Program Specialist
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North 3rd Street – Suite 6-200
P. O. Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone 225.342.4253 fax 225.342.3371





Need Louisiana higher education facts? Access university data or the Fact Book here.

Through the development and promotion of the Louisiana Transfer degree, a robust articulation and transfer system is now in place.

Graduation Rates are increasing overall.

Louisiana higher education fall enrollment has increased by 16,167 students since 2008.


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