What you planned after graduation might not happen.
Something great still can.



In this economy, the $70k job you hoped to land with your math, science or engineering degree might not be available. On the other hand, the idea of teaching has always been at the back of your mind. Here’s where opportunity and timing meet.

As a participant in the CART program, you will live at LSU for six weeks this summer and receive intense training to make you the best math or science teacher you can be. The program offers a free Masters of Natural Sciences (MNS) as well as a Louisiana teaching certification; tuition and fees will be paid by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

While you are enrolled in the masters & alternative certification program at LSU (June 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011), you will receive a $35,000 stipend and the grant will pay for your room while taking classes at LSU during the two summers. Starting in August 2010, you will co-teach in a mentor teacher’s classroom in one of nine parishes in the Alexandria region (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon, or Winn). In summer of 2011 you will return to LSU to finish your masters and certification program. After graduating from LSU in August 2011, you will teach for three years with a full time salary and benefits in one of the nine parishes mentioned above.

You’ve always thought about it. Now we’re going to give you the support you need to do it. If you are graduating from college by May 2010 with a degree in math, science or engineering, we want to talk to you. For more information about CART, click here (Just the Facts). To fill out an application, click here.

Or maybe you're older and things worked out just the way you planned.

And now's the time for something great.

You had a great career. You’ve been there and done that. Or maybe you just want a change. In either case, being a part of CART will help you to learn how to make your talents in math or science ripple out in ways you never imagined. The problem was you didn’t know how to get certified as a teacher without investing years and thousands of dollars. With CART, that’s not a problem. The program is free. You receive a $35,000 stipend while you get your masters and then have a teaching job for three years with full pay and benefits. Now it’s time for a great second career.

Why choose CART instead of other alternative certification programs?

There are plenty of good alternative certification programs. We believe CART provides some unique benefits, especially for prospective candidates who would like to stay in Louisiana.

CART benefits include:

  • Participants get to stay in the state of Louisiana.
  • An emphasis on teacher certification. If you successfully complete the Masters of Natural Sciences, you will be certified to teach in Louisiana.
  • No out-of-pocket expenses. You pay nothing.
  • CART pays you a $35,000 stipend while you are a graduate student.
  • A fulltime teaching job with benefits for three years after completing master's degree

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