Indiana Alternative Teacher Certification

Applicants for an Indiana teaching certificate who have already completed a non-educational bachelor’s degree or who have been certified in another state may choose an alternative method to earn their certification for Indiana.

Transition to Teaching Program

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree but not a license may become certified via an Emergency Permit or Transition to Teaching. Emergency Permits may be issued when school districts have trouble filling a position with a licensed educator. They are temporary, and the holder must demonstrate that he or she is working to earn the license for which the permit is given. Transition to Teaching programs are offered at all accredited education institutions and allow those with bachelor’s degrees in specific content areas to become licensed.

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Transition to Teaching Requirements

Transition to Teaching requires 18 hours for secondary and 24 hours for elementary educational coursework. Praxis I and II testing may also be required. Candidates for Transition to Teaching must have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average or have a 2.50 grade point average with five years of experience. Those holding a graduate degree are also eligible for the secondary education program.

Transferring Teacher Certification From Another State

Those who already hold a teaching license in another state may apply for a Reciprocal Permit which is valid for one year. Applicants can then begin teaching immediately but must complete any deficiencies in order to become certified in Indiana within that year.

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Additional Information on an Indiana Alternative Teacher Certification

The following resources provide additional information on alternative routes to becoming a teacher in Indiana.
Transition to Teaching Indiana Department of Education

Schools with Programs for Alternate Certification in Indiana

Because the alternative certification process is complex, we have researched and provided specific school programs below for individuals who have a bachelors degree outside of education and want to become a teacher. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these specific programs

(Other master’s programs not listed below are intended for teachers who are trying to get deeper into their profession.)

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