How to Become an Elementary School Teacher in Indiana

Jan 02, 2019

Readers can explore the annual salary and certification requirements for elementary school teachers in the state of Indiana, including details about the teacher education program and three certification exams.

According to the Indiana Department of Education, there were 548,010 students enrolled in K-6, elementary education as of 2017. For those interested in possibly teaching these young people in Indiana, we'll discuss the required education and testing to become certified.

Teacher Certification Requirements for Indiana Elementary Teachers

Average Salary for Indiana Teachers (2016)* $46,760 (Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education);
$49,250 (Elementary Teachers, Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Elementary Education
Testing Requirements Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA);
Core Elementary Education;
Core Elementary Education Generalist

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Pass the Entry Exam

To gain entry into a teacher education program, future Indiana elementary education teachers first have to pass a three-part exam called the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). The reading portion, covering literal and evaluative reading, is made up of 40 multiple-choice questions. The mathematics section is also 40 multiple-choice questions and touches on algebra and geometry. Finally, the writing subtest, with 42 multiple-choice questions and one short-answer question, focuses on effective writing. These subtests each take 75 to 105 minutes and test-takers must accomplish at least a 220 on each one.

Step Two: Complete a Teacher Education Program

To be certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade, candidates will have to complete an elementary education program through an accredited university. Candidates are also expected to complete the observation and instructional experience provided by a semester of student teaching. Before that, however, future teachers will take courses in subjects like:

  • Psychology of education
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Elementary composition and writing
  • Individualized art instruction
  • Teaching elementary math

The Indiana Department of Education requires certification applicants to have a 3.0 GPA throughout their educational career.

Step Three: Pass Certification Tests

To become certified in Indiana as an elementary teacher, candidates have to pass the Core Elementary Education exam with a 220. Individuals get 105 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions. These inquiries cover student development, learning processes, assessment, and professionalism.

Candidates also have to receive a 220 on all the subtests involved in the Core Elementary Education Generalist exam. The foundation of reading instruction is one focus of the reading and English language arts subtest. The mathematics subtest centers on mathematical operations and instruction. The science, health, and physical education subtest is interested in the concepts from these topics, such as the states of matter and properties of light. Finally, the social studies and fine arts subtest focuses on concepts from these fields, like U.S. history and analyzing art. The subtests are each made up of 40 to 50 multiple-choice questions and can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

Step Four: Continue with Training and Co-Certifications

Indiana elementary teachers have to earn their CPR certification from the American Red Cross, which includes removing objects from the air passages and using a defibrillator when necessary. In addition, all Indiana teachers undergo valuable suicide prevention training through organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the Yellow Ribbon.

Links for Indiana Elementary Teacher Candidates

There are three standardized tests future elementary teachers are required by the state of Indiana to take, and the following links may help you prepare for them.

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