Special Education Teacher License in Indiana

Qualified special education teachers are a vital resource for differently-abled children in the state of Indiana. Read on to find out more about becoming a special education teacher in Indiana. Schools offering Emotional & Behavioral Disorders degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Indiana Special Education Teacher Information

Special education teachers in the state of Indiana work with students who have learning, physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. To become licensed to teach special education in Indiana, individuals must meet education, testing, and training requirements.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree and educator preparation program
Exam Requirements Indiana CORE: Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessment
Indiana CORE: Exceptional Needs
License ValidityInitial Practitioner: valid for 2 years
Proficient Practitioner: valid for 5 years
Advancement 2 years full-time teaching and IMAP or PGP
Average Indiana Salary (2018) $53,570 (kindergarten and elementary)
$50,880 (middle school)
$53,540 (high school)*
Estimated Job Growth, Nationwide (2016-26)7% (kindergarten and elementary)
7% (middle school)
7% (high school)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

Indiana requires that teachers hold a bachelor's degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. Students can find Indiana Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) at a variety of regionally accredited universities throughout the state. Programs may emphasize special education in a certain grade level, such as elementary or secondary. Other programs apply to all grades. Field experiences and student teaching are fundamental aspects of EPPs.

Certification Exams

The next step is passing Indiana's certification exams. Students are no longer required to take the CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) as part of their certification, but some EPPs require passing a CASA for admission. The CASA is a competency/basic skills test.

Candidates must pass the Indiana CORE: Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessment in the grade level they wish to teach (or P-12). They must also pass a content area assessment. Future special education teachers will need to take at least one of the five Indiana CORE Exceptional Needs assessments based on the specific special education area(s) they wish to be certified to teach:

  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Intense Intervention
  • Mild Intervention
  • Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction

Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Indiana stipulates certain emergency preparedness requirements. To earn initial licensure, applicants must possess CPR certification, Heimlich Maneuver certification, and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification. Future teachers must also undergo training in child suicide awareness and prevention. Finally, they will need to deliver a background check to schools where they intend to train or work.

Licensing Application

Indiana EPPs facilitate the process of licensure recommendation provided that candidates have completed all requirements. Nonetheless, the applicant is expected to provide a current CPR card and suicide prevention certificate. If any documents are missing, such as test scores, these also must be collected. The Indiana Department of Education currently charges a $35 evaluation fee and a $35 issuance fee. Applicants can submit their documents and fees via the Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) website.

Official Licensing

Once approved, new teachers are issued an Initial Practitioner License, which is good for two years. Teachers are expected to upgrade their Initial Practitioner License into a five-year Proficient Practitioner License after they teach full time for two years.

Converting the license requires they go through the Indiana Mentor and Assessment Program (IMAP) or complete a 40-point professional growth plan (PGP). The Initial Practitioner License may be renewed twice if the requirements for advancement are not met. If the teacher requires a third renewal, they must complete a 90-point PGP or pass an Indiana CORE content assessment.

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