Indiana Teacher Certification: How to Be a Teacher in Indiana

The state of Indiana is in need of qualified teachers. Read on to find out more about being a teacher in Indiana and the specific programs and requirements to obtain certification. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Indiana Teacher Information

In order to become licensed as a teacher in the state of Indiana, there are several requirements you will need to meet. There are specific educational routes as well as tests and certifications that you will need to pass.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Exam Requirements CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)
Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessments
License ValidityInitial Practitioner: valid for two years
Proficient Practitioner: valid for five years
Average Indiana Teacher Salary (2018) $52,690 (Middle School)
$53,030 per year (High School)*
Estimated Job Growth for Teachers Nationwide (2016-26)8% (Both Middle and High Schools)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Description

Indiana teachers develop lesson plans, tests, and homework material, grade papers, assign readings, facilitate discussion in their given subject area, and document the progress of students. Additional duties often include supervising homerooms and study halls, meeting with parents, and coordinating with school administrators. You may also have additional duties depending on which subject area you teach, or optional duties such as moderating clubs and afterschool activities.

Education Requirements

In order to become a teacher in the state of Indiana, you must obtain a bachelor's degree. Indiana requires those wishing to obtain certification to complete an approved teacher preparation program. These Indiana Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) are offered through a selection of state-approved and regionally accredited universities. These programs will help you meet all educational requirements and prepare you for the next steps in the certification process.

Certification Exams

The next step is passing Indiana's certification exams. After completing an EPP, prospective teaching candidates must pass the CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). This test is designed to demonstrate basic competency. Acceptable and recent ACT, SAT, or GRE scores can also serve to demonstrate basic competency. Candidates must then pass a Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessment and Content Area Assessment based on the level and subject area they wish to be certified to teach. For example, if you wish to be certified to teach German, you will need to take test number 056, World Languages--German.

Additional Requirements

Most states require a federal background check for public teaching candidates, and Indiana is no exception. Along with a federal background check, candidates must also be certified for emergency preparedness. Prospective candidates must be CPR certified, certified in the Heimlich Maneuver, and certified in the use of an automated external defibrillator. Candidates must also pass training in child suicide prevention and the recognition of warning signs for suicidal students.

Licensing Application

Once candidates have completed and passed all necessary requirements and exams, it is now time to submit an application for an official license. Candidates must collect documented proof of passing all tests and exams, proof of completion of a preparation program, proof of all required emergency training, and a completed application from the Indiana Department of Education, along with application fees. Candidates can then receive an Initial Practitioner License, which is good for two years and, with additional training, can be converted into a five-year Proficient Practitioner License. Converting to a Proficient Practitioner License is usually done through the Indiana Mentor and Assessment Program (IMAP) during the course of the two-year validity period of the Initial Practitioner License.

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