Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Indiana
Anyone pursuing a teaching career in Indiana can find everything they need to get started here at ToBecomeATeacher.org. This page describes the key steps you’ll need to take to become a licensed Indiana teacher and obtain a teaching position that helps you meet all your professional goals over time.
1. Choosing a Program: The first step is to find a teaching program that supports your budget and educational goals.
- Finding an appropriate program is a crucial first step. To ensure you select a program that meets your needs, it is important to ask the following questions. What is important to you as a student? Are you concerned about the cost of the program or the amount of debt you might incur? Does the program’s graduation rate matter or history of job placement? Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue and does the program offer this specialization?
2. Planning for Licensure in Indiana: In Indiana, you will need a minimum of a bachelor degree and an appropriate post-graduate degree in education. You will also need to write and pass the state’s applicable certification exams–the Indiana Core Assessment for Educators exams.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the applicable exams, you can launch your teaching career in Indiana.
- At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? Are you interested in working in a city, small town or rural community? What are your lifestyle priorities? What are your salary expectations? During this stage of the process, you should also keep developing your resume, expanding your education by engaging in professional development activities and gaining additional teaching experience (e.g., by working as a substitute teacher). This will help you to enter the market with a competitive edge.
Choosing an Education Program in Indiana
ToBecomeATeacher.org understands that choosing the right program can be challenging. For this reason, we have streamlined the process. With our complex algorithmic tool, we have reviewed, tested and documented top education programs across the state. Using 2015 data, our team has analyzed total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, and return on investment among other factors.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to the pursuit of excellence and has shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs are among the state’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest and best match your own priorities by reviewing the information posted below.
Purdue University-Main Campus
Purdue University-Calumet Campus
University of Southern Indiana
Purdue University-North Central Campus
Ball State University
Indiana University-South Bend
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|2||Purdue University-Main Campus||7||6.2||7.36||7||5.6|
|3||Purdue University-Calumet Campus||9.6||6.2||3.19||9.6||0.62|
|4||University of Southern Indiana||8.9||5.3||4.15||8.9||2.6|
|5||Purdue University-North Central Campus||9.8||5||2.62||9.8||1.9|
|6||Ball State University||7.2||6.2||6.16||7.2||2.6|
|7||Indiana University-South Bend||8.1||5.2||2.59||8.1||5.6|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Indiana
There are two primary pathways to teacher licensure in Indiana:
- Pathway 1: The first option is to complete a bachelor’s degree and a teacher education program at one of Indiana’s accredited colleges of education and to write and pass the state’s exam (the Indiana Core Assessment for Educators).
- Pathway 2: For candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a subject other than education, there is also the option of gaining licensure through Indiana’s Transition to Teaching program; this accelerated 12-month program helps graduates complete a teacher education program and prepare for the state’s required exams at an accelerated pace.
Indiana also has several alternative pathways, including Teach for America, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, and for candidates with an undergraduate degree in a STEM field, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Indiana Teaching Fellowship.
What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the State of Indiana?
In 2015, Indiana was home to 2,710 kindergarten teachers, 26,070 elementary teachers, 9,140 middle school teachers and 18,400 high school teachers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6% to 12% rate of growth in positions for teachers over the coming decade across the United States. While jobs are expected to experience the highest growth in the South and West, over the past two years, there have been widespread reports about teacher shortages in Indiana. In 2014, for example, the Indianapolis School Board announced that 200 teachers were either resigning or retiring, creating a demand for qualified teachers. While the mass resignations and retirements in some districts are a concern, since retaining experienced teachers is essential to maintaining the state’s strong levels of student achievement and high rates of high school graduation, the departures are good news for aspiring Indiana teachers who plan to enter the job market in the coming years.
What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Indiana?
- The Indiana State Department of Education oversees public education in Indiana. Their Department’s website includes information on topics, such as educational policies and teacher licensure.
- The Indiana DOE also hosts a job site known as the Indiana School Personnel Job Bank.
- Another important resource for aspiring Indiana teachers is the Indiana Core Assessments for Educator Licensure website.
- The Indiana State Teachers Association represents over 45,000 Indiana teachers.
- Many educators also belong to level-specific organizations, such as the Indiana Association for the education of Young Children and Indiana Middle Level Education Association.
- There are also subject-based organizations throughout the state, including the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Indiana Council for Social Studies.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Indiana?
Indiana has many approved online options for aspiring and already licensed educators, which are listed on the Indiana Department of Education website. The American College of Education offers a master of arts in teaching leading to licensure at the elementary or secondary levels. Online degrees in education are also offered through Ball State University, including a master of arts in mathematics education. St. Francis University offers a master of arts in teaching leading to licensure at the secondary level. At Indiana Wesleyan University, teachers hoping to move into school administration can pursue a principal’s licensure program through the university’s online program.