Indiana Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

For anyone looking for teaching schools in Indiana, this guide to teacher preparation schools is designed to provide key information on available programs within the state. There are several options for colleges and universities that provide degree programs for aspiring teachers. The information found below can help you choose which program is right for your future career needs. For information on the various teaching degrees found in Indiana schools, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are a first-time student or looking to change careers, this guide can help you find the teaching program that is best for your personal career goals.

Quick Facts

  • There are 46 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Indiana.1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 43 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 24 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 12 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2019.2
  • 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 4 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2021.4
  • 5 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2020.5
  • 36 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Indiana

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2019*

  • University of Notre Dame (#35)
  • DePauw University (#91)
  • Purdue University (#111)
  • Wabash College (#133)
  • Earlham College (#161)
  • University of Evansville (#171)
  • Indiana University-Bloomington (#201)
  • Hanover College (#202)
  • Goshen College (#203)
  • Butler University (#281)
  • Valparaiso University (#284)
  • Ball State University (#379)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020

  • Indiana University-Bloomington

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2021

  • Indiana University-Bloomington (#34 tie)
  • Purdue University-West Lafayette (#50 tie)
  • Ball State University (#84 tie)
  • Oakland City University (#196-255)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2020

  • Indiana University-Bloomington (#26 tie)
  • Purdue University-West Lafayette (#28 tie)
  • Ball State University (#35 tie)
  • American College of Education (#226-#298)
  • Marian University (#226-#298)

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Indiana

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Indiana according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Anderson UniversityYes57%42%993694%$23,515
Ball State UniversityYes81%79839479%$13,369
Bethel CollegeYes84%64%1152761%$19,525
Butler UniversityYes83%89%1688576%$33,290
Calumet College of St. JosephYes8%1146$11,346
DePauw UniversityNo96$30,863
Earlham CollegeNo13$22,567
Franklin CollegeYes252171%$22,031
Goshen CollegeYes96%492195%$17,398
Grace CollegeYes72%69%933876%$18,070
Hanover CollegeYes3811$22,938
Holy Cross CollegeNo41$22,159
Huntington UniversityYes89%522879%$21,533
Indiana State UniversityYes29%69%52415268%$10,681
Indiana TechNo231050%$19,861
Indiana University-BloomingtonYes60%94%57833288%$12,621
Indiana University-EastYes17%31%5525100%$8,548
Indiana University-KokomoYes4%9%832881%$8,718
Indiana University-NorthwestYes5%20%23151100%$7,374
Indiana University-South BendYes25%23%1267478%$9,734
Indiana University-SoutheastYes21%26%1349165%$10,198
Indiana University-Purdue University-ColumbusYes412752%
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort WayneYes49%19911168%$7,270
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisYes17%28518477%$10,538
Indiana Wesleyan UniversityYes84%92%3266388%$19,519
Manchester UniversityYes38%34%262584%$20,687
Marian UniversityYes1702394%$21,063
Oakland City UniversityYes5%5%1519100%$18,537
Olivet Nazarene UniversityNo$20,302
Purdue University-CalumetYes836174%$10,012
Purdue University-North CentralYes155078%$6,942
Purdue University-West LafayetteYes99%96%22522590%$11,693
Saint Joseph CollegeNo241191%$17,146
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeNo25%37%442983%$19,401
Saint Mary’s CollegeYes493150%$25,991
Taylor UniversityYes99%93%1926279%$25,429
Trine UniversityYes371861%$25,180
University of EvansvilleYes43%64%434189%$22,068
University of IndianapolisYes45%973989%$21,909
University of Notre DameNo185$26,683
University of Saint FrancisYes171692%$17,031
University of Southern IndianaYes72%40%26412170%$11,649
Valparaiso UniversityYes1333594%$22,626
Vincennes UniversityYes45%3215$9,922
Wabash CollegeNo47$24,245

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Indiana University: Indiana University is the state’s flagship institution located in Bloomington, IN. The School of Education is made up of the departments of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Instructional Systems Technology and Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. The School of Education and its departments rank highly according to the 2012 rankings compiled by US News & World Report. Three of the school’s programs ranked in the top ten including Curriculum/Instruction, Elementary Education, and Higher Education Administration. Other ranking programs include Administration and Supervision, Counseling and Personnel Services, Educational Psychology, Secondary Education and Special Education. Two of the school’s best programs, Instructional Systems Technology and Language Education did not rank because US News does not compile rankings for those types of programs.

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.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Indiana

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Anderson University-Anderson
1100 E 5th St
Anderson, IN 46012-3495
(765) 649-9071

Ball State University
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 289-1241

Student Review: “Rating Ball State University (BSU) is difficult because it is so up and down. Overall, I feel prepared to enter the classroom, but a few of the classes were entirely pointless. Two of the science method courses are entirely irrelevant to the point of being frustrating, but the rest of the education program is very student-oriented and would be beneficial to anyone who is hoping to pursue a career in secondary education. The Honors curriculum certainly offers a different kind of challenge and I would recommend it to anyone who receives an offer. Overall it’s easy to find things to complain about, especially when it’s hard to see where your tuition dollars are going, but I believe I received a good education that has prepared me to enter into the world of secondary education with confidence.” -Andrew S., student at Ball State University
Student Review: “I came to Ball State knowing that it had nationally ranked programs in both education and theatre. On the theatre side of my degree, Theatre Education, I was incredibly satisfied. However, the side of my education which straddled the Teacher’s College was a very mixed experience. For the first three years within the program, the majority of the classes in the Teacher’s College were theoretical. Courses like Educational Psychology, Foundations of Education, and Multicultural Education all tackled the philosophical approach to teaching. While I believe that these are important courses, the gist of the information that consistently was reinforced in these classes are that students do best by doing. This approach didn’t appear within the Teacher’s College until my fourth year at Ball State, where I was able to begin applying some of what I’d learned in practicum classes and ultimately student teaching. The previous courses did little to prepare me, and truthfully just served to pad my grade. On several occasions, it felt like standards were lowered by faculty in order to pass as many teachers through as possible. I feel that a more rigorous, hands-on approach for the years preceding student teaching would craft better teachers.” -Brent D., student at Ball State University
Student Review: “My experience at BSU was overall very positive. There was a big emphasis on methodology and personalized teaching to accommodate children rather than a one-size-fits-all education. Many of my courses gave me a firm background in child psychology and teaching methods that helped me know what kind of career I’m going into. There’s also a semester-long in-class teaching component, which allowed me to actually put myself in a classroom and really teach. The one downside I’d say about the program is that the semester-long teaching takes up an entire semester so it’s not very flexible. It made me have to attend college for five years instead of four because of the inflexibility of the program itself. Aside from that, I found the teaching preparation program at BSU to be very effective.” -Evie H., student at Ball State University
Student Review: “As a student at Ball State University majoring in Theatre Education, I feel like my time was split between experiences in the Teacher’s College and experiences in the College of Fine Arts, and my experiences in the College of Fine Arts within the Department of Theatre and Dance were definitely more useful to my student teaching experiences. I feel that I learned a lot from my Methods courses as well as my theatre content courses that was the knowledge which was most useful for being equipped to instruct in the classroom. Within the Teacher’s College, many of my courses were focused on adolescent psychology or a historical approach to teaching. My professors within the Teacher’s College were encouraging but didn’t necessarily hold students to the highest standard when it came to coursework. In one case, a test accounting for 20% of our final grade was curved extensively to ensure that students wouldn’t fail out of the class and major. Within the theatre department, students were held to high standards, which helped to equip me to teach at peak performance and apply my knowledge in the classroom. Overall, the program is good, although I didn’t feel pushed by the Teacher’s College.” -Student at Ball State University

Bethel College
1001 W McKinley Ave
Mishawaka, IN 46545
(574) 259-8511

Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-8000

DePauw University
313 S Locust St
Greencastle, IN 46135-1772
(765) 658-4800

Franklin College
101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, IN 46131-2623
(317) 738-8000

Grace College and Theological Seminary
200 Seminary Dr
Winona Lake, IN 46590-1274
(574) 372-5100

Huntington University
2303 College Ave
Huntington, IN 46750
(260) 356-6000

Indiana State University
210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(812) 237-6311

Student Review: “Being a part of the Elementary Education program at Indiana State University was a blessing to me. It provided me with the skills I would need to be successful in any teaching job I could ever wish for. There was plenty of observational experience as well as practicum experience that kept us busy at all times, as well as in touch with the children over our time in the program. The different ‘endorsements’ or ‘minors’ we were allowed to get by taking only four or five extra classes was another blessing in itself. My reading endorsement was a joy, and I simply had to take a few extra English/Literature classes to reach this goal. It takes a special kind of person with a special kind of education and heart to teach. Indiana State University molded this kind of person out of all of their teaching students.” -Sara C., student at Indiana State University

Indiana University-Bloomington
107 South Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
(812) 855-4848

Student Review: “Although I enjoyed my time in the Education school at IU, I thought there were many things that could have been better. First, I do not believe that I spent enough time in the classroom prior to student teaching. I only went on one visit on one day to a school my Sophomore year. My second semester of Junior year, I had my first weekly field experience, but we were expected to travel an hour and a half to Indianapolis each week. Finally, my first-semester senior year, I had another weekly field experience in Bloomington. I was lucky to get the teacher I was doing my student teaching with, so I was able to teach a few lessons. My classmates were not as lucky. I think I would have benefitted more from getting in a classroom a few times per week each semester. Also, I believe that as a Social Studies education major, I was required to take far too many in-depth history classes like HIST-J 301 and HIST-J 400. These classes are seminars created for history majors and require so much extra work.” -Student at Indiana University-Bloomington
Student Review: “At Indiana University, I participated in the alternative teacher education program called Community of Teachers (CoT). I absolutely loved this program, and feel it did an excellent job of teaching me to be a teacher in a way that differed from the more traditional lecture/field work model. CoT has three main components: the mentorship, the portfolio, and the seminar. While it is required that you take some traditional methods classes, the mentorship part of the program means that I as a student had a lot more time in a classroom gaining valuable experience. The portfolio aspect was also a very real way of showing what sort of progress I made while I was completing my undergraduate degree. The seminar aspect gives opportunity for discussion with peers, as well as a way to network with other professionals in the field. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone looking into becoming a teacher because I believe in the long term, the structure of this program is one that makes better teachers.” -Student at Indiana University-Bloomington

Indiana University-Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408-1197
(219) 980-6500

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
(260) 481-6100

Student Review: “While IU and Purdue are great choices, sometimes you just need something closer to home. Being a commuter campus and continuing studies campus, IPFW attracts students of all ages and of all walks of life to its programs. Helmke Library is great for local research, I’ve spent many nights cramming for exams in the 24-hour computer lab. The recently-added Rhinehart music center has provided a venue for the Omnibus Lecture Series, highlighting speakers as diverse as Cheech Marin and Sandra Day O’Connor. Overall, this is a great place to learn, and you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people trying to get ahead.” -Brock A., student at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5143
(317) 274-5555

Student Review: “The teacher preparation program at IUPUI is robust and outstanding. The program attracts students from all universities because its master’s program allows for the opportunity for hands-on learning throughout the community with internships and teacher shadowing courses. Many go on to teach at the public and private schools throughout the city and state. IUPUI’s teacher preparation program is unique because it is very diverse with students of all ages, races, religions, goals, and experiences. Not everyone is a traditional student, and many are coming back to school to further their lives into something they truly want to do – teach! Being centrally located in Indianapolis is key because it allows for a variety of job opportunities once the student graduates. Students at IUPUI usually have the leg up on returning students from more rural-based universities like Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.” -Student at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University-South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
(574) 520-4872

Indiana University-Southeast
4201 Grant Line Rd
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2000

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S Washington St
Marion, IN 46953-4974
(765) 674-6901

Student Review: “The Education program at Indiana Wesleyan is excellent. My experience was completely online. Professors are intelligent, respectful and knowledgeable. The technology of the program could be updated, it can be difficult to use, it took me after two courses completed to be able to fully navigate the online course materials. This is a Christian faith based program, all staff are supportive and give insight on how God can support your every day life in your education path. There is a great focus on proper APA formatting, getting to know this process is key to your success in the program.” -Student at Indiana Wesleyan University

Manchester College
604 College Ave
North Manchester, IN 46962
(260) 982-5000

Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997
(317) 955-6000

Student Review: “I participated in an educational leadership program at Marian University. This program requires me to meet with others on campus at least 4 times a month. Most programs similar to this one are online programs. While I would have liked to have the flexibility to do the program online, I thought it was very beneficial to go to campus. This allowed me to learn from others and make connections with other people in education. I liked the set up of the program that focused on developing us as leaders, and best instructional strategies. I did not like the long amount of hours I had to spend on campus, but as previously mentioned this allowed me to earn more. The program was a two year masters program.” -Student at Marian University

Purdue University
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-4600

Student Review: “My teacher preparation at Purdue was exceptional, but perhaps not for the reasons one usually reads. I know that for many teachers, the challenge of keeping up with changing paradigms is problematic, but Purdue taught me to think, and provided me with an exceptional foundation in my curricular area. Once I began teaching, I watched many of my peers truly struggle within their own subject areas, especially when new textbooks become available. My solid foundation in math means that I could and still do have the time to work on pedagogy now because I’m not struggling with the “basics.” Purdue’s “work hard” approach also prepared me for real life jobs – the kind where you work until the work is done. Student grades must be entered, and sometimes you stay up late at night to get it done. The structure and rigor of the preparation mean that I have the kind of work ethic required to do what needs to be done for my students.” -Student at Purdue University

Purdue University Northwest (formerly Purdue University Calumet)
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400

Student Review: “Purdue University Calumet’s teaching program is outstanding. The professors are great and most are former teachers themselves. They offer real-world experience and advice for those starting out in the teaching world. The courses are challenging and require you to think outside the box for many of the assignments. Online courses are pretty standard with glitches in the system at times. Another drawback to this program is that the adviser can be hard to get in touch with and her schedule is always full. Other than that, it is a great program!” -Shelby E., student at Purdue University Calumet

Saint Josephs College
US Highway 231
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-6000

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
St Hwy 150
Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

Taylor University
236 W Reade Ave
Upland, IN 46989-1001
(765) 998-2751

Trine University
1 University Ave
Angola, IN 46703-1764
(260) 665-4100

University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722
(812) 488-2000

University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
(317) 788-3368

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-5000

University of Saint Francis-Ft Wayne
2701 Spring St
Fort Wayne, IN 46808-3994
(219) 434-3100

University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd
Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 464-8600

Student Review: “The University of Southern Indiana overall is a decent school. The professors, for the most part, are nice and the class sizes are small for a good amount of learning. For a campus having over 10,000 students I do not find it to be too crowded at all besides the parking. This is the biggest issue with the school in my opinion. If you have an 11 AM class, you have to show up at around 8 AM just to find a decent parking spot. There is plenty to do around campus, including free Wifi at Starbucks in the massive library at the center of campus. If you are into working out and fitness the fitness center is up to date and about as good as it can get on a college campus.” -Lucas N., student at University of Southern Indiana

Valparaiso University
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 464-5000

Vincennes University
1002 N First St
Vincennes, IN 47591
(812) 888-8888

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