Prospective Indiana must teachers go through a process of education and testing prior to becoming licensed. Below, we'll take a look at the specific steps you should take if you want to become an Indiana teacher.
Requirements for Teachers in Indiana
|Average Salary for Teachers in Indiana (2017)*||$50,310 (elementary), $51,410 (middle school), $52,670 (high school)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||CASA, pedagogy test, content area test|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Your Education
Those who want to become a teacher in Indiana must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor's degree. Many Indiana colleges have state-approved education programs. These programs can sometimes be in general education, while other times they are subject- or grade-specific, such as elementary education, social studies education, or special education. No matter the major, students need to complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) that is approved by the state. These EPP programs include a student teacher practicum where you'll spend time in the classroom working with real scenarios and a mentor teacher.
Along with school programs that must be completed, those applying for teaching licensure must pass a CPR-Heimlich-AED certification and suicide prevention training.
Step 2: Complete the Testing Requirements
There are several tests that prospective teachers need to take. Before even entering into an EPP, students must complete the CASA test. You will take this exam before beginning your upper-level courses, showing that you have basic knowledge of reading, writing, and math. The Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) test checks for basic understanding and skills. If you are from out of state or choose not to take this exam, you can use the GRE, SAT, or ACT scores in its place.
Next, you will need to take the Indiana CORE pedagogy/developmental test for the grade level that you want to teach. The four levels are early childhood, elementary, secondary, and P-12 education.
Finally, students must take an Indiana CORE content area assessment test. Those who wish to teach preschool through grade 3 would take the Early Childhood Generalist; for kindergarten through grade 6, the Elementary Education Generalist. As elementary teachers will teach all subjects, they must pass all four subtests for licensing. Aspiring middle school teachers may choose from the English language arts, math, science, and social studies assessments. Both high school and P-12 (preschool through grade 12 teachers should take assessments based on the specific area that they wish to teach. For example, high school assessments include business education, math, and chemistry, while P-12 assessments include art, health, and computer education.
Step 3: Apply for Licensure
It is important that applicants do not apply for licensure prior to graduating from an EEP program. In fact, licensing advisors at your college will be the one to recommend your licensing originally. Once you have graduated, you'll want to create an account with the Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS). Here, you can fill out the application, add in colleges, upload required documents, and pay the fees. Required documents include a CPR card and a suicide prevention certificate. Fees are $35 for the evaluation and an additional $35 for the license, plus processing fees.
You must also have a background check completed, which is often required by the state. Along with a background check, you'll have a fingerprint analysis run as well.
Certification Sources for Indiana Teachers
Becoming a teacher requires a lot of help and resources. If you want to gain some insight into these exams, or you want some help preparing, consider the following links for assistance.