How to Become a History Teacher in Indiana

Jan 02, 2019

Indiana history teachers work in grade five through 12 classrooms, and readers can learn all about the average annual salary and degree requirements for these professionals.

The Indiana Historical Society offers history teachers unique curriculum ideas, in addition to field trip options. You can network with this group during your teacher education program, which is just one of the requirements for licensing that you can learn more about in this article, along with details about the various mandatory tests.

Certification Requirements for History Teachers in Indiana

Average Salary for Indiana Teachers (2016)* $51,400 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/ Technical Education); $51,870 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/ Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Secondary Social Studies Education
Testing Requirements Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA); Indiana Core Assessments: Secondary Education; Indiana Core Assessments: Social Studies- Historical Perspectives

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Pass the CASA Exam

To gain acceptance into an education program, all future Indiana teachers must take the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA), which includes a reading, writing, and mathematics section. The reading and math portions are each composed of 40 multiple-choice questions, while the writing portion has 42 multiple-choice questions and one essay question. In the four hours it takes to complete the exam, examinees have to earn at least a 220 score on each subtest.

The reading subtest requires prospective students to use context clues to find the meaning of a word, find the main points in a paragraph, and intuit the purpose of a piece of writing. The writing subtest analyzes the test-takers' ability to choose appropriate rhetoric and develop a clear thesis. Next, the mathematics subtest covers both rational and irrational numbers, as well as algebraic functions, and geometric measurements.

Step Two: Earn an Education Degree

To become certified in Indiana as a history teacher for grades five through 12, candidates will complete a social studies education degree from an accredited university. Students enrolled in such a program will be exposed to history courses such as: Indiana history, American history, world history, and contemporary issues. There will also be teacher education classes with topics like: diversity among learners and teaching methods to use in middle school and high school classrooms. Some universities require candidates to obtain at least a C in their major classes. Of course, to give students some experience in a classroom, where they can work with young people and seasoned teachers, a semester of student teaching is also required.

Step Three: Pass Pedagogy and Content Area Exams

Because history teachers may work primarily with secondary-level students, Indiana requires them to pass the Indiana Core Assessments: Secondary Education exam. This test focuses on student diversity, different learning processes, creating assessments, and reading instruction. The required score is at least 220, and test-takers get 105 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.

To teach history, future teachers will have to pass the content-area exam called the Indiana Core Assessments: Social Studies-Historical Perspectives. In 75 minutes, examinees will answer 70 multiple-choice questions and attempt to earn at least a 220 score. This exam covers the process of finding primary and secondary sources, world and U.S. history, and creating assessments for a history class.

Links for Indiana History Educators

There are several standardized tests Indiana teacher candidates have to pass to enter an education program and become licensed, and the following links provide access to study guides.

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