Where Can I Earn My Indiana Teaching Certification?

Find out which Indiana schools offer teaching certification programs. Get information about available certifications and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Would you like to earn your teaching certification in Indiana? This article provides school information for colleges that offer undergraduate and graduate teacher degree programs.

What You Need to Know

Bachelor's and master's programs in education are available to students interested in earning their certifications as teachers in Indiana. A bachelor's degree in education takes four years to earn and is offered by public, four-year schools throughout the state. A master's degree in education is also available to students already holding a bachelor's degree and takes about three semesters of full-time study to complete. Undergraduate degrees in education often include specialties; students may choose to focus on elementary, secondary, special, or other types of education.

Teacher Certification Bachelor's Degree Programs in Indiana

Ball State University

You can prepare for certification in 28 licensure areas through programs offered by Ball State University's Teachers College. If you want to teach at the middle and high school level, you'll choose a major in the Department of Educational Studies such as math, history, English, music or art and take courses in education as well as in your field of study. Elementary education majors learn to teach children from preschool through elementary school. The Department of Special Education offers training in teaching children with all types of special needs including hearing impairment and learning disabilities.

If you have a college degree in a field other than education, but are interested in teaching, you could enroll in Ball State's Transition to Teaching program, which will train you for certification through on-campus classes, online courses and field experiences.

  • Program Name: Bachelor in Education
  • Specializations: Educational studies, elementary education, special education
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,498, in-state; $25,016, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Multicultural education, concepts of education, both with 'C' or better
  • Admission Requirements: At least 45 credit hours with 'C' or better, pass Praxis 1, complete content requirements for licensure area, meet International Society for Technology Education Standards
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 20,655 students (16,415 undergraduate)

Indiana State University

The Bayh College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology offers teacher certification programs in elementary and special education and in subject areas taught in the middle school and high school grades. If your major is in a particular subject area, such as English or math, you'll need 47 hours of general education courses to qualify for a teaching license. You must be admitted to the Becoming a Complete Professional program and pass through all levels according to schedule. All prospective teachers must complete 16 weeks of student teaching. Indiana State also offers a Transition to Teaching program for individuals who already hold bachelor's degrees and want to teach.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts/Science in Education
  • Specializations: Elementary education, special education, English teaching, art education, business education, family and consumer sciences education, health sciences, language studies - teaching, mathematics teaching, music education, physical education, science education, social studies education, technology and engineering education.
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,580, in-state; $18,708, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Praxis I at cutoff score, criminal history check, GPA at least 2.5, 'C' or better in core courses and psychology for educators
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,183 students (10,881 undergraduate)

Indiana University - Bloomington

You can earn certification to teach preschool through high school in many subject areas at Indiana University. Currently, majors in journalism, language arts/English and world languages can take education courses under the Community of Teachers program in order to earn secondary school certification. This program accepts students in health, mathematics, science, social studies and visual arts beginning in spring 2013. In all the certification programs, you will supplement teacher education courses with field experiences and student teaching in school classrooms. If you desire, you can student teach in culturally diverse settings such as the Navajo Indian Reservation, inner city Chicago or in 17 different countries. If you already hold a bachelor's degree in an approved subject area, you can become a secondary school teacher through the Transition to Teaching program, which leads to teaching certification in a year plus a summer session.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Preschool and elementary education: early childhood education (grades p-3), elementary special education, elementary education; Middle school/junior high/high school (grades 5-12): Community of Teachers, health, journalism, language arts/English, mathematics, chemistry, Earth/space, physics, life science/biology, social studies, theatre; Secondary special education: English, math & science; All schools (k-12): music education, physical education, visual arts, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Latin
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,388, in-state; $33,741, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: For preschool and elementary education: teacher education field seminar, oral and written expression, math 1 or 3, math 2, scientific inquiry, science, U.S. history or world civilization, the elementary school child, technology
  • Admission Requirements: Qualifying scores on Praxis I, SAT or ACT, 2.5 overall GPA, 21 credits and 2.5 GPA in content field for students specializing in a subject area
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 46,416 students (36,419 undergraduate)

Purdue University - Main Campus

Education students at Purdue learn teaching theory, classroom management, curriculum development, lesson planning and assessment methods in the classroom and through frequent field experiences throughout their course of study. First year teacher education students can bond through participation in the Elementary and Secondary TEACH! Learning Communities, which offer academic, social and professional development activities.

In addition to the majors offered by the College of Education, you can pursue teaching certification through programs in Purdue's other colleges. These specialty teaching majors include agricultural education, art education, biology education, chemistry education, early childhood education and exceptional needs, earth/space science teaching, engineering/technology teacher education, English education, family and consumer sciences education, health and safety education, mathematics education, physical education and physics education.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts
  • Specializations: Elementary education, social studies education and special education
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,002, in-state; $28,804, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 39,752 students (30,237 undergraduate)

Teacher Certification Master's Degree Programs in Indiana

Ball State University

People with degrees in other fields, who are seeking a career change, can pursue initial licensure while earning a master's degree through this program offered by Ball State. You'll study curriculum, pedagogy, educational foundations, educational technology and multicultural education, as well as complete an educational research project and a thesis. Nine hours of coursework will be in your subject area. All classes are taught online or through webcasts.

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Secondary Education
  • Program Length: 30 credit hours (roughly three semesters full time)
  • Tuition: $8,242, in-state; $20,356, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college
  • Admission Requirements: Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or at least a 3.0 in the latter half of your baccalaureate degree work
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 20,655 students (4,240 graduate)

Indiana University - Bloomington

The Elementary Certification Master's Program is for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree and want to qualify for a teaching certificate for kindergarten through grade six. You'll begin the program in the fall with a cohort of 18-24 other aspiring teachers. For the first year, you will work in a real classroom with a mentor teacher at least one day a week. During your second fall semester, you'll work in schools for 15 weeks, five days a week, as a student teacher. Most students who pursue their studies full time qualify for a work study program as a reading or math tutor at an area school.

  • Program Name: Elementary Certification Master's Program
  • Program Length: Three semesters plus one summer full time
  • Tuition: $8,442, in-state; $26,812, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited school
  • Admission Requirements: GRE is undergraduate GPA between 2.5-3; personal statement, letters of recommendation, Praxis I, SAT or GRE
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 46,416 students (9,997 graduate)

Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University - Bloomington and Purdue University - Main Campus are four universities in Indiana that offer teacher degree programs.

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