Escadrille Louisiane is a program for Louisianians with a college degree who aspire to teach French in Louisiana schools. Named after Escadrille Lafayette, a group of 200 Americans who trained as pilots to fly for the French during World War I, the goal of Escadrille Louisiane is to fill Louisiana schools with qualified and certified fluent-French speakers from Louisiana who have their state's heritage languages and culture at heart.


Those wishing to participate in Escadrille Louisiane 2018-2019 must obtain an undergraduate degree by May 2018 and must also qualify for Centenary College's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. To be eligible for this degree program, students must have a 2.5 grade point average (on the 4.0 grade point scale) and be academically eligible to return to their previous institutions. Applicants must also provide passing scores on the PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests in Reading, Writing and Math and the PRAXIS II Content Area Test for area of certification (Elementary Content Knowledge Grades 1-6).

Escadrille Louisiane participants work as English language assistants in Rennes (mainland France), Martinique or Guadeloupe during the 2018-2019 academic school year while attending the Université de Rennes or the Université des Antilles and receiving credit towards their degree and certification from Centenary College.

Application Process

To apply for Escadrille Louisiane, prospective participants must first submit a Teaching Assistant Program in France application ( by January 15th, 2018 and indicate interest in the Escadrille Louisiane program on the TAPIF application. TAPIF will then send the results for all Louisiana applicants to the Consulat Général de France in New Orleans. Potential Escadrille Louisiane participants will then be contacted to schedule an interview. Prior to the interview, Escadrille Louisiane applicants will send a CODOFIL scholarship application, letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, official college transcript(s), one letter of recommendation, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) results, as well as any other additional requested information to CODOFIL (735 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501). This interview usually takes place in early March in Baton Rouge.

The Escadrille Louisiane committee will select the 10 best candidates who will agree to dedicating the three years following their participation in the program to teaching French in a Louisiana school, In exchange, the program offers each participant coverage for the PRAXIS exams, round-trip airfare to France, a teaching stipend of approximately $1,000/month and pedagogical training.

Contact Jennifer Rodriguez at or 1-(337) 262-5983 with any questions.

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