Indiana Teaching Certificate Renewal

There are several routes to earn your teacher license renewal in Indiana. The following article will take a look at the various paths, as well as some resources to help you prepare for renewal.

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Indiana teachers must continuously keep up with their licensing. It is important that teachers do this every two or five years, depending on their current license. Below, we'll look at the more common renewal processes.

Requirements for Teachers in Indiana

Average Salary for Teachers in Indiana (2017)* $50,310 (Elementary)
$51,410 (Middle)
$52,670 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements CASA, pedagogy test, content area test

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Renewing Initial Practitioner's License

An initial practitioner (IP) license is typically given to those who qualify for licensure, but are still trying to complete final requirements, such as two years of full-time teaching. This license is extended for two years at a time. Teachers must continue to hold CPR certification and must complete the renewal application through the state's online Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS), For this particular renewal, you will need to renew your IP, but only if it is your 1st or 2nd renewal. It is important to note that you should not submit a renewal application more than 45 days prior to your expiration date, as this could cause you to lose some of your licensed time.

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Renewing Professional Educator License

There are three distinct ways that you can renew your 5-year license. An overview of each method is provided below.

National Board Certification

Through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), you'll test for National Board Certification. The certification process assess four areas: content knowledge, differentiation in instructions, teaching practice and learning environment, effective and reflective practitioner. On the computer-based content knowledge test, teachers will complete three constructed-response items and 45 selected-response items. For differentiation in instruction, candidates will provide students' work and analysis of the work. For the teaching practice component, the teacher must provide videos and two commentaries analyzing and reflecting on the experiences. For the final component, effective and reflective practitioner, the teacher shows evidence of collaboration with students, parents, and the community.


Completing an approved course in education or an area related to the teaching license is another option for license renewal. Students can opt for either a graduate or undergraduate course at a regionally accredited school. After filling out the application on the LVIS, the Board of Education will confirm with your college that you completed the program. If out-of-state, you will need to upload an official transcript from the college with a registrar's signature.

Professional Growth Plan

A professional growth plan (PGP) requires you to earn points for professional development activities. Some of these activities may include workshops, conferences, committees, and courses. A teacher's PGP will need to be approved and verified by an administration official, typically the superintendent or principal for whom they work. Most activities award one experience point for each clock hour. For college courses, each credit hour earns 15 points. Ninety points are needed to renew a 5-year license, while 40 points will allow you to convert your 2-year IP to a 5-year practitioner license.

Indiana Teacher Renewal Certification Sources

As you go through the process, you may need some guidance and resources to help you with your continuing education and renewal steps. Below are a few links to guide you through different professional development routes.

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