Those wishing to become teachers in Indiana, should be aware of some key information before embarking on their career path, including:
Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Indiana.
As with most states, the minimum education needed to obtain teaching certification in Indiana is a bachelor’s degree. Approximately 46 colleges and universities offer accredited and approved teacher preparation programs in Indiana. Fifty-seven percent of educators in Indiana have a master’s degree. Teachers in Indiana who have a master’s degree earn a minimum of $3,830 more in a given year than those with only a bachelor’s degree.
Among the many scholarships and grants available for obtaining a teaching degree in Indiana are:
Anderson University School of Education
Anderson University provides several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students, including those specific to the education department.
Federal TEACH Grant
The Federal TEACH Grant provides up to $3,964.40 per year to students pursuing teaching degrees in Indiana. The Grant requires an agreement to work in areas of the state with teacher shortages, or it reverts to a loan.
Indiana State Scholarships
Indiana State’s Bayh College of Education provides over 80 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.
Indiana University Scholarships
Indiana University offers a plethora of scholarships for students pursing education and teaching related degrees.
Minority Teacher Scholarship
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education provides a scholarship for minority students pursing teaching degrees in Indiana. Students must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA and agree in writing to work in Indiana public schools.
Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program
Provides grant funding for teacher initiatives and projects, as well as an endowment that offers scholarships.
WGU Indiana Mathematics and Science Educators Scholarship
Provides $2,500 scholarships to students that plan to teach math or science in Indiana schools.
There are several ways to obtain teacher certification in Indiana. The traditional routes include completing state-approved teacher education and certification programs along with passing the Praxis I and II exams. However, alternative routes exist such as a Transition to Teaching program, which certifies students with a bachelor’s degree who take between 18 and 24 credits in education courses and pass the Praxis exam.
Another route allows the use of a master’s in teaching combined with certification exams, a year of teaching experience, and CPR certification.
Minimum Certification requirements include:
Important Note: Indiana allows teachers from other states to obtain a one-year reciprocal license, which allows them to complete the requirements for Indiana certification while still teaching.
Professional teaching licenses in Indiana are good for ten years. Renewing the certification requires completing the Indiana Professional Growth Plan, during which teachers attend conferences and workshops, which allows them to earn Professional Growth Points (PGPs). To renew their certification, teachers must, over the course of the license, complete one of the following:
The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Indiana.
Indiana Department of Education
Provides information on teaching in the state of Indiana, statistics on schools and salaries.
Indiana Department of Labor
Provides information about the labor market in Indiana, as well as job opportunities.
Indiana State Teachers Association
Indiana’s largest teacher member organization.