How to Become a Kindergarten Teacher in Indiana

If you want to work with children at the Kindergarten level, there is a process you need to take to become licensed. This article looks at the education and testing you'll need to get licensed.

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In Indiana, kindergarten teachers can teach both full- and half-day classes to young students. If you want to become a kindergarten teacher in this state, read on for details on education and licensure requirements as well as salary statistics.

Requirements for Kindergarten Teachers in Indiana

Average Salary for Kindergarten in Indiana* $46,760
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education
Testing Requirements CASA, pedagogy test, content area test

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Decide and Complete Education

Aspiring kindergarten teachers in Indiana can choose from two educational levels to major in: early childhood education or elementary education. Indiana requires all teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree. Most elementary education programs consider teachers ready for grades K-6, while early childhood goes from pre-K through grade 3. In an elementary education program, you'll learn about child and adolescent development, pedagogy, management for the elementary classroom, mild disabilities, and educational assessment. You'll also learn basic teaching skills for all subjects, like reading, math, science, technology, and language arts. You'll spend time completing student teaching internships under a supervising teacher where you can focus your hands-on practice in a Kindergarten setting.

You will also need to complete CPR certification and suicide prevention training.

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Step 2: Complete the Tests

There are three tests that future Kindergarten teachers must take: the CASA, the pedagogy assessment, and a content area test. The first is the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA), which proves your knowledge of basic skills and subjects and is taken before enrolling in a degree program. CASA scores can be replaced by other testing scores, like the SAT, ACT, or GRE.

The Developmental (Pedagogy) Assessment tests future teachers on the grade level they wish to teach. Kindergarten teachers can choose from three of the four tests available: the early childhood education (Pre-K-3), the elementary education (K-6), or the P-12 education (Pre-K-12).

Finally, you'll need to test the content area you wish to teach. As a kindergarten teacher, you will need to take the early childhood generalist assessment or the elementary education generalist. These tests are both made up of four separate subtests that cover basic teaching subjects: reading and English language arts; mathematics; science, health, and physical education; and social studies and fine arts. For each exam, the cost is $45 for each subtest, or $145 to take all four.

Step 3: Apply for Licensure

Once you've passed your exams, you're now ready to apply for licensure. Your licensing advisor from your institution will recommend you for licensure and will submit any verification forms. It will be up to you to set up an account with the Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS). You'll also be responsible for uploading important documents, such as the certificate showing you have undergone suicide prevention training.

Indiana Kindergarten Teacher Certification Sources

Aspiring Indiana Kindergarten teachers who want to get a head start on studying for exams, can find several study options available online. The following are courses for you to utilize prior to taking the CASA and content area exams.

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