Indiana Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Indiana
As with other states, Indiana has specific requirements for teacher candidates to earn their Indiana teacher certification and start a career in the classroom. Individuals must complete an approved education program and pass specified tests before being considered for certification.
- I want to be a teacher in Indiana, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Indiana’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- AA in Education (Non-Licensure)
- M.Ed. - Teaching and Learning
- M.Ed. - Program Specialist in Early Childhood Specialist
- M.Ed Teaching and Learning-Middle Grades
- And more...
Indiana Teacher Education Requirements
Candidates who are seeking a teaching license in Indiana are required to complete a teacher preparation program at an accredited university. Students in an elementary education program have many options of state-approved content areas in which they may minor. These minors vary by the universities offering them, and elementary teacher candidates are required to complete a minor so that they are specialized in one area. In addition, after an individual completes an education program for a content area, other content areas may be added to the license by completing a minor or passing a Praxis II test in that area.
Indiana teaching certification can be acquired through an accredited online teacher preparation program in place of a traditional program. Those completing an online program must participate in a classroom field experience (such as student teaching or an internship).
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Purdue University: Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN serves as the institutional home of the Purdue College of Education. The mission of the College of Education is to prepare future leaders within the systems of education in order to advance society and its individuals to a more learned state of mind prepared to assume productive roles in society. The College of education is nationally accredited and recognized by several federal and state agencies including the Department of Education. Students receive multidisciplinary instruction in the classes they take as well as plenty of hands-on learning working with Purdue University learning partners in the community. The College of Education has recently created a program known as STEM Goes Rural that offers $30,000 stipends to STEM qualified teachers willing to teach in rural areas where there is a major shortfall of STEM instructors.
At the start of 2012, Indiana’s unemployment rate was 9.1%, slightly higher than the national average of 8.5% according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 1,935 annual job openings in Indiana in education and library related fields through 2018. In fall 2008 and 2007 respectively, the National Center for Education Statistics reported 62,668 public school and 8,100 private school teachers employed in Indiana. The National Education Association reports the average beginning teaching salary in Indiana at $32,761 and the average overall teaching salary at $50,801, 24th highest in the nation and slightly lower than the national average of $55,628. The NEA emphasizes special education, math and science teacher shortages, especially in inner-city and rural areas. According to the Sunshine Review, education currently accounts for 54% of the Indiana state budget despite reductions in 2009. For more information regarding the current job market and certification requirements contact education and teaching schools in Indiana or visit The Indiana State Teachers Association.
Indiana Teacher Testing Requirements
After completing an approved teacher education program, teacher candidates must currently pass two types of tests in order to become certified. First, basic academic skills are tested by the Praxis I test. Secondly, content areas are tested by the Praxis II. After August 31, 2013, an additional Praxis test covering pedagogy will also be required.
Teachers who hold a license in another state may be exempt from the Praxis exams when obtaining an Indiana certification if they hold a valid license that is equivalent to the one for which they are applying and have a letter on school letterhead written by an administrator verifying that they have taught for at least three years full-time at an accredited out-of-state school.
Indiana Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||26,160||$49,640|
|Middle School Teachers||11,890||$49,040|
|Secondary School Teachers||20,010||$49,040|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
Indiana Teacher Interview
Interview with Christi Fultz, Indiana Third Grade Teacher
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Indiana
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Math
- M.A. in Education/Curriculum and Instruction - Reading
- Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
- M.A. in Education/Teacher Leadership
- MA in Teaching: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education- National Board Preparation
- Early Childhood Education (Certification Only)
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE)
- And more...
- Teacher Aide
- M.A. Teaching (K-8)
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (K-8)
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
- M.A. Teaching - Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
- And more...
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Indiana
Question: How do you become a substitute teacher in Indiana
Answer: Substitute teachers in Indiana must have completed at least two years of college coursework. It does not need to be related to education. If you meet this requirement, you can apply to the state Department of Education for a substitute teacher permit, and then look for work in individual districts.
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Indiana
1100 E 5th St
Anderson, IN 46012-3495
Ball State University
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
1001 W McKinley Ave
Mishawaka, IN 46545
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208
313 S Locust St
Greencastle, IN 46135-1772
101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, IN 46131-2623
Grace College and Theological Seminary
200 Seminary Dr
Winona Lake, IN 46590-1274
2303 College Ave
Huntington, IN 46750
Indiana State University
210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, IN 47809
107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Gary, IN 46408-1197
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5143
Indiana University-South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
4201 Grant Line Rd
New Albany, IN 47150
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S Washington St
Marion, IN 46953-4974
604 College Ave
North Manchester, IN 46962
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997
Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Saint Josephs College
US Highway 231
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
St Hwy 150
Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN 47876-1099
236 W Reade Ave
Upland, IN 46989-1001
1 University Ave
Angola, IN 46703-1764
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722
University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
University of Saint Francis-Ft Wayne
2701 Spring St
Fort Wayne, IN 46808-3994
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd
Evansville, IN 47712
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
1002 N First St
Vincennes, IN 47591
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