In Indiana, English teachers are called language arts teachers, and they commonly focus their education and licensure on middle and high school students. The following article will look at the path to becoming an English teacher in Indiana.
Requirements for English Teachers in Indiana
|Average Salary for Teachers in Indiana (2017)*||$51,410 (Middle School), $52,670 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Required Field||Education or language arts teaching|
|Testing Requirements||CASA, Indiana Core pedagogy test and content area test (English Language Arts)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
In addition to completing your degree program, you'll need to earn CPR certification and complete suicide prevention training to become licensed in Indiana. Consider when these requirements would best be fulfilled as to not interfere with your other studies.
Once you have decided on a college, you're ready to begin your bachelor's degree program in education. Some colleges offer a language arts teaching focus, which will prepare you to work with students in the language arts classroom. Along with pedagogy, you will study topics such as Shakespeare, the Renaissance, British literature, and young adult literature. You will also study topics specific to teaching, such as strategies for teaching speech and English grammar, the multicultural classroom, educational psychology, and technology in the classroom. You will also complete a student teaching practicum.
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Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements
English teachers in Indiana must complete a few testing requirements. The Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) is taken prior to entering an approved education program. This test measures your reading, writing, and math skills to make sure you are ready for a degree program in education. If you scored high enough on the ACT, GRE, or SAT, you can use these scores instead to meet Indiana's basic skills testing requirement.
You'll also take a Core Developmental (Pedagogy) Assessment that will license you in the grade level you want to teach. For prospective middle and high school teachers, this would be the Secondary School exam, which covers pedagogy for grades 5-12.
A content area assessment is your final exam. There are a couple options when it comes to which test you would take. The 105-minute Middle School English Language Arts assessment will prepare you to work with middle school students. It includes 100 multiple-choice questions. There is also an English Language Arts assessment. This multiple-choice test has 100 questions on it and must also be completed in 105 minutes. The testing fee for both tests is $114.
All of these exams - the CASA, Developmental Assessment and content area tests - require a score of 220 to pass.
Step 3: Apply for Licensure
First, create an account with the Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS). Here, you'll fill out information about your school, answer questions, and upload important documents. Some of the documents you'll need to include are the training certificate for suicide prevention and the CPR card. You will also pay for the license at this step. If you cannot complete this in one sitting, your application can be saved and accessed at a later time.
Indiana English Teacher Certification Sources
If you're getting ready to sit for Indiana's teacher licensing exams, use the following links to help you study for your tests.