INDIANA: TOP 10 BACHELOR’S PROGRAMS

If you hope to become a licensed Indiana teacher, your first step will entail choosing where to complete a degree in education. Fortunately, Indiana is home to many outstanding options. To help you get started, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled detailed program descriptions, ranking data, statistics and contact information for all of Indiana’s very best undergraduate programs in education. Read, research, and start applying to some of Indiana’s top bachelor of education programs today. 

1.Indiana University-East

For aspiring Indiana teachers, Indiana University-East is a popular destination for a very good reason—in 2014-2015, 100% of the program’s graduates found work after graduation. If that is not already a great reason to apply, the program also has a reputation for its outstanding mentorship, rigor and engaging and diverse field placements. If you’re currently an undergraduate or about to apply to university, Indiana University-East offers the following programs leading to teacher licensure: a bachelor’s degree in education at the elementary level with a minor in early childhood education, English as a New Language (ENL), and a bachelor’s degree at the secondary level in math, science, English or social studies. If you have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a certificate for licensure, the school offers programs for future elementary or secondary level teachers.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26556
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23388
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 9.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6.8
  • Graduation Rate Score 2.66
  • ROI/Value Score 7.6
  • Student to Faculty Score 3.4

2.Purdue University-Main Campus

Purdue University’s Main Campus has a long tradition in teacher training and much to offer future Indiana teachers, including preparation to write the state’s required licensure exam and job placement support.  The School of Education & Counseling offers several highly selective, rigorous and engaging undergraduate programs leading to teacher licensure. Options at the undergraduate level include elementary education, social studies education and special education. Other non-licensure programs are also available the undergraduate level. Notably, additional programs leading to teacher licensure are offered on other Purdue University campuses statewide.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 39968
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23766
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 6.9
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 7.36
  • ROI/Value Score 7.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 5.5

3.Purdue University-Calumet Campus

At Purdue University’s Calumet Campus, future Indiana teachers will encounter supportive faculty, great mentorship and just the right balance of theory and practice to help kick start their careers in education. Bachelor’s degrees on the Calumet Campus are available in elementary education. The degree consists of general education requirements, requirements for the major, and elective courses and includes extensive field placements to ensure that teachers are ready to tackle any challenge that comes their way following graduation. The university’s graduates tend to do extremely well on the state’s required teacher licensure exam and also experience high levels of job market success.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26120
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22781
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 9.4
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 3.19
  • ROI/Value Score 8.2
  • Student to Faculty Score 0.61

4.University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana is another state leader in teacher preparation. Its Department of Teacher Education focuses on preparing expert practitioners—teachers who can put theory into practice under any circumstance. A combination of clinical practice and course work alongside preparation for the state’s required teacher licensure exams ensures that the department produces only the most qualified teachers. Majors are offered in the following areas of concentration: early childhood education, elementary education and special education, as well as several secondary-level endorsements. The teacher education programs at the University of Southern Indiana are approved by the Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Licensing and Development, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, which also makes the program a favorite among local employers.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26792
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23275
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.7
  • Acceptance Rate Score 5.3
  • Graduation Rate Score 4.15
  • ROI/Value Score 7.8
  • Student to Faculty Score 2.5

5.Purdue University-North Central Campus

Purdue University’s North Central Campus was renamed Purdue University-Northwest in 2016 when it was amalgamated with the university’s Calumet campus. Notably, both campuses had education programs and today, the former North Central Campus is home to the university’s highly esteemed early childhood education, elementary, special education and secondary education programs. The programs combine 120 hours in courses work with rigorous field placements in local schools and preparation for the Praxis exam. With outstanding mentorship, a supportive on campus community and excellent job market support, Purdue University’s students continue to stand out among Indiana teachers.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26076
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 26000
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 9.6
  • Acceptance Rate Score 5
  • Graduation Rate Score 2.62
  • ROI/Value Score 4
  • Student to Faculty Score 1.8

6.Ball State University

At Ball State University, teacher training is a serious endeavor and this likely accounts for the university’s solid reputation in the teacher-training field. The university’s Teachers College has a solid reputation statewide and its programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Higher Learning Commission. Bachelor’s level students can pursue degrees leading to licensure in elementary education, early childhood education, or special education; special education degrees are available in ECE special education and hearing impaired/Deaf education. The program has a reputation among graduates and employers statewide for preparing informed and engaged teachers who are ready to write the Praxis exam and take on all the challenges of working in a 21st-century classroom when they go on the job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 36640
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25000
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 7.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 6.16
  • ROI/Value Score 5.5
  • Student to Faculty Score 2.5

7.Indiana University-South Bend

Indiana University-South Bend is a supportive and engaging place to complete one’s teacher training and prepare to write the state’s required teacher licensure exams. The School of Education offers three degrees at the bachelor’s level that lead to teacher licensure in Indiana: elementary education, special education and secondary education (notably, secondary-level endorsements are available in seven different liberal arts disciplines). The School of Education values clinical practice. On top of the program’s school year field placements, students are invited to teach in the School of Education’s summer program for students at risk. This means that by the time Indiana University-South Bend teacher education students graduate and go on the job market, they have clocked more than enough hours in local classrooms to feel fully prepared for the job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 27264
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25724
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8
  • Acceptance Rate Score 5.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 2.59
  • ROI/Value Score 5.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 5.5

8.Indiana University-Kokomo

If you’re looking for a university with a demonstrated commitment to teacher education, look no further than Indiana University-Kokomo. At the bachelor’s level, students can complete degrees leading to teacher licensure in elementary or secondary education; secondary endorsements are available in fine arts, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and special education (mild intervention).  The School of Education also offers dual-degree programs that enable one to complete a degree in Secondary Education and another in English or History/Political Science. Notably, in 2014-2015, 100% of the school’s graduates successfully wrote the Praxis exam, received a State of Indiana Teaching License upon graduation and entered the job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26700
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19500
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.9
  • Acceptance Rate Score 4.9
  • Graduation Rate Score 2.65
  • ROI/Value Score 9.4
  • Student to Faculty Score 2.5

9.Indiana University-Southeast

Esteemed faculty and dynamic field placements are just two of the things that Indiana University-Southeast teacher preparation programs can offer aspiring Indiana teachers. This National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approved program offers several degrees, including several at the bachelor’s level, including a bachelor of science in elementary education, secondary education and special education. Notably, due to the campus’s location, Indiana University-Southeast works to prepare students for teacher licensure and work opportunities across state lines (students can pursue an Indiana teaching license and/or Kentucky teaching license). Whatever the state, however, aspiring teachers must also write and pass the Praxis exam; this is why Indiana University-Southeast also ensures all their students are well prepared to write the exam.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 26800
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22915
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.5
  • Acceptance Rate Score 4.3
  • Graduation Rate Score 3.05
  • ROI/Value Score 8
  • Student to Faculty Score 3.4

10.Indiana University-Bloomington

Indiana University-Bloomington is home to a comprehensive teacher-training program that continues to attract some of the state’s most outstanding teacher educators and future teachers. Bachelor’s level students can focus on elementary, secondary, or all-ages education. Best of all, Indiana University-Bloomington is among the few teacher training programs in the nation that offers overseas opportunities for aspiring teachers; for more information, explore their Global Gateway for Teachers programs. Future secondary-level teachers can also participate in the school’s Community of Teachers program, which is an ongoing seminar that brings together the program’s teachers in training to share their experiences and perspectives on life in the classroom. Graduates report scoring high on the Praxis exam and report great job market success.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 40836
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23628
  • Average state starting salary$ 34696
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 18 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 6.6
  • Acceptance Rate Score 5
  • Graduation Rate Score 8.04
  • ROI/Value Score 7.3
  • Student to Faculty Score 1.1

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