Indiana License Types and Coverage
Students are admitted under recently adopted rules established by the Office of Educator Licensing and Development (the agency that governs teacher education in the state of Indiana). These rules are referred to as Rules 2002. Each license issued under Rules 2002 will include school setting(s) or levels that a person may teach and the content field(s) or subjects that the individual may teach. Each license must include at least one school setting and one content field. The B or I after an entry indicates the campus where the program is offered. As a general rule, students working toward licensure must earn at least half of their credits at Bloomington or Indianapolis.
Students in certification programs who wish to seek a master’s degree must go through the standard process for admission to graduate study. Furthermore, in order to be accepted into any of the School of Education’s specialization areas in which a master’s degree may be earned, students must be admitted to a master’s degree program in one of these specialization areas in the semester prior to the semester in which they intend to graduate and they must be officially registered in the semester in which they graduate.
Credit hours earned by a certification student who has been admitted to a master’s degree program may or may not be counted in the student’s master’s program. The department chair or program head and the associate dean of graduate studies must approve the inclusion of courses taken while the student was earning credits toward certification but was not admitted to a master’s degree program. Furthermore, a certification student, who has been admitted to a master’s degree program, may use a maximum of 15 credits taken while the student was working on certification but was not admitted to the master’s degree program.
Initial License in Early Childhood Education (valid for teaching preschool through grade 3). This license will include two school settings: Early Childhood—Preschool Level and Early Childhood—Primary Level. The content field will be generalist.
Initial License in Elementary Education (valid for teaching grades K-6). This license will include two school settings: Early Childhood Education—Primary Level and Middle Childhood Education—Intermediate Level. The content field noted on the license will be generalist.
Initial License for Exceptional Needs Teachers (valid for teaching at multiple levels). This license will carry the content field of mild intervention.
Initial License in Secondary Education (valid for teaching grades 6-12). This license will include two school settings: Early Adolescent—Middle School Level and Adolescent and Young Adult—High School Level. There must be at least one content field included on this license.
Initial License in K-12 Education (valid for teaching grades K-12). This license will include four school settings of Early Childhood Education—Primary Level (K-3); Middle Childhood Education—Intermediate Level (4-6); Early Adolescent (Middle School Level); and Adolescent/Young Adult (High School Level). On a license the entry for this license will be "all school." There must be at least one content field included on this license.
School Services Licenses
Educational Leadership Licenses
Information about the new state licensing framework and standards for educational professionals may be found on the website of the Indiana Department of Education Division of Professional Standards.
Applicants to licensure programs must complete the graduate degree or licensure application. Students who are currently in a graduate degree program, or who are applying for admission to one are not required to submit a separate application for admission. Students already in a graduate program inside or outside the School of Education will need to submit a paper application for the Transition to Teaching program. See the chapter titled “Admission to Graduate Programs” for application procedures and criteria.
Students pursuing both licensure and master’s degrees will be advised by both the graduate licensure advisor and the assigned faculty advisor of the master’s degree program.
These licenses became available for candidates completing newly designed standards-based, performance-focused programs beginning July 1, 2003. There is an ongoing and gradual phase-in of new license rules. All licenses issued as of July 1, 2006, must be issued using the new license rules.
Upon completion of all degree and course requirements, state-mandated testing as required, a state criminal history check, CPR-Heimlich Maneuver certification, and other application procedures, candidates submit their application materials to a license advisor on either the IUB or IUPUI campus. On the Bloomington campus, information and materials are available in Education 1000, (812) 856-8511. On the Indianapolis campus, materials are available in Room 3131 of the Education/Social Work Building, (317) 274-0645.
The completed application packet must be returned to the campus where you completed your academic program.
Transition-to-teaching programs offer those who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree an efficient and effective preparation for the K-12 teaching profession. Students take course work at the graduate level to obtain certification or they may opt to pursue the licensure program as part of a master’s program. The programs are full-time, field-intensive, cohort- and performance-based, with mentor teachers supervising candidates while working closely with university faculty to insure an integrated curriculum.Elementary Programs
The elementary program is a 24 credit hour certification program (including 6 credit hours of reading courses) with additional fees charged for all fieldwork and related seminars. Participants will engage in field experiences all three semesters.
Indiana law requires elementary applicants to have one of the following (a or b):
ELEMENTARY TRANSITION-TO-TEACHING PROGRAM (24 cr.) (BLOOMINGTON PROGRAM)
E543 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Mathematics (3 cr.)
Note: The Elementary Transition to Teaching plus master’s degree program admits students whose bachelor’s degrees are not in education and who wish to be trained as elementary school teachers and earn a master’s degree. For information about this program, see the section in this bulletin on master’s programs in elementary education.
ELEMENTARY TRANSITION-TO-TEACHING PROGRAM (24 cr.) (INDIANAPOLIS PROGRAM)
Transition-to-Teaching Programs at Indianapolis admit students whose bachelor’s degrees are in fields other than education and who wish to be prepared as teachers. Students take course work at the graduate level to obtain certification and may opt at the completion of the program to use some of the credit hours toward a master’s degree.
Unit 1: Early Childhood—(two full days + half-day per week )—Fall
Unit 2: Middle Childhood—(two full days + half-day per week)—Spring
Unit 3: Individualizing Instruction—Summer 1
Unit 4: Reflective Practitioner—Fall
The secondary programs are full-time, 18 credit hour, year-long field-based programs intended to develop and support reflective teaching, promote thoughtful and innovative practices in secondary schools, and make optimal use of the professional resources that currently exist in schools, the community, and the university. The programs are designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a content discipline and who are interested in becoming secondary teachers of that discipline. In most cases, full-time students will earn their secondary teaching certificate after one calendar year of course work and accompanying field experiences.
Licensure areas within the secondary transition-to-teaching program will include science education, mathematics education, social studies education, English education, and foreign language education.
Indiana law requires secondary applicants to have one of the following (a, b, or c):
F500 Student Teaching: Secondary (1-3 cr.)
Choose one course:
Unit 1: Learning as Inquiry—Summer Session 2
Unit 2: Middle School—Fall
Unit 3: High School—Spring
Unit 4: Reflective Practitioner—Summer 1
Other Graduate Secondary Education Licensing Programs (Bloomington)
These graduate certification programs require knowledge in two different areas: professional education (such as adolescent development and learning, general secondary curriculum and subject curriculum, field/school experience), and the subject or content area (such as English, mathematics, science, social studies).
Professional knowledge may be gained by either the Secondary Graduate Certification Program or the Community of Teachers Program (below). These may be completed on a part-time basis.Return to Graduate Certification and Community of Teachers Programs
A highly individualized way to earn a secondary teaching license, Community of Teachers (CoT) centers on an ongoing seminar that features intensive, hands-on work in one school. Students complete the program not by earning course credits but by completing a portfolio of evidence of their ability as teachers.
The central requirement of the program is an ongoing seminar (EDUC S500, 3 cr.) that is led from one semester to the next by the same faculty member. Each seminar group contains students from different majors and includes both beginning students and student teachers. Each semester the seminar’s focus is determined by the students and their professor; and under the umbrella of the seminar each student organizes and carries out an individualized program of preparation. Two semesters of S500 are minimum.
CoT students spend one day a week in a school of their choice, each working with a teacher of their choice who has consented to be their mentor. The relationship continues throughout the students’ professional preparations, including student teaching (EDUC M550, 10 cr.).
The activities of the apprenticeship are guided by a list of 30 program expectations that students satisfy by building evidence of their teaching capabilities. The evidence is organized in a portfolio that supports the case students must make to the faculty of their readiness to enter the profession.
Two additional courses are required to complete the program:
L517 Advanced Study of Content Reading and Literacy (3 cr.)
M501 Field Experience (1 cr.) and
The subject, major, or content knowledge is gained by completing the requirements of subject areas as listed in the undergraduate bulletin, with the substitution of graduate courses as possible. Subject areas are in health; journalism; language arts (English); mathematics; science (biology, chemistry, earth-space, physics); social studies (history, government, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology); theatre; and world languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish). Some programs may be completed as additions to another subject. Contact Jeane Novotny at jnovotny [at] indiana [dot] edu; (812) 856-8584 or graduate certification advisor.
A secondary education program which is somewhat different, Exceptional Needs: Mild Interventions at the graduate level, is listed below.
Note: Please contact Carrie Chapman at cechapma [at] indiana [dot] edu, (812) 856-8187, Education 3276, for more information about this program, which is undergoing revision.
This initial license in mild intervention in a junior high/middle school/high school setting is offered only through the Community of Teachers Program.
Prequisite to beginning the course work listed below is an introductory course in special education: K505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students (3 cr.) (or one of the following undergraduate courses as a substitute: K205 Introduction to Exceptional Children, K305 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in the Elementary School, K306 Teaching Students with Special Needs in Secondary Classrooms).
After completion of the introductory course, the following course of study is required:
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This program is available on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campus. Individuals who hold a valid teaching license may add the certification for Teacher of Library Media with emphasis in school media information technology by successful completion of the following 52 credits. The student must meet the graduate admission requirements for the School of Library and Information Science at either Bloomington or Indianapolis. Contact Marilyn Irwin at IUPUI, www.slis.iupui.edu, (317) 278-2375 or Norika Hara in Bloomington at (812) 855-2018; slis [at] indiana [dot] edu or toll-free (866) 758-6254.
Courses completed at a B or higher for the 27 credits for library media may also count toward the 36 credit hour Master of Library Science, accredited by the American Library Association.
An addition to another teacher’s license is available and requires the 27 cr. of SLIS courses below.
SLIS required courses (18 cr.)
Instructional or Information Technology (9 cr.)
For an initial license in Teacher of Library Media (K-12)
Educational methods and issues (15 cr.)
Curriculum and Technology (6 cr.)
Reading and Literacy (3 cr)
Student Teaching (10 cr)
This program features many conceptual as well as practical experiences at both the elementary and secondary level for teaching art, beginning with an introduction to the content of art teaching and continuing through two art methods courses. Student teaching is required to be completed at the secondary level, although under special arrangements students can do student teaching at both elementary and secondary levels.
This certification program prepares teachers to teach visual arts from kindergarten through high school levels in a variety of in-school and out-of-school settings. A bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and in the visual arts area is considered minimal for entrance into the certification program.
In addition, a student may seek a master’s degree in art education while pursuing certification. Specific requirements for both the master’s degree and certification must be met, and students are required to work with both a faculty advisor for art education and a certification advisor.
Graduate certification students should take most of their courses at the graduate level if they wish to receive graduate credit toward a master’s degree.
Note: 15 credits is usually the maximum number of credits that can be earned as a certification-only student and still be used toward a master’s degree. Students should apply for the master’s degree before earning more than 15 credits in order to use further certification credits toward a master’s degree.
The certification requires courses in two categories: Professional Education and Content.
Computer Literacy (3 cr.)
Educational Psychology (3 cr.)
Foundations (3 cr.)
Exceptional Needs (3 cr.)
Introduction to Art Education (4 cr.)
Art Methods I-II (8 cr.)
Reading and Literacy (3 cr.)
Student Teaching (10 cr.)
The visual arts content area is the same as the undergraduate program and includes 48 credits of art course work with 34 credits minimum of studio and 15 credits minimum of art history and theory, and 12 cr. above 200 level. In addition to art foundations courses, the following is recommended:
English as a Second/New Language (ESL/ENL)
Gifted and Talented
Library Media (K-12)
Middle School/Junior High Mathematics Programs (Bloomington)
Reading Specialist: Level II (Bloomington), program pending
The Computer Educator License for Practicing Teachers (CEL-T) Program is a 15 credit hour curriculum at the graduate level resulting in an Indiana Computer Educator License. This program has been developed in order to provide current teachers in Indiana with an add-on computer educator license. The curriculum for this certification had its genesis in the previous Computer Endorsement Program and is designed to meet the same standards as the CEL program described above. This program has been tailored to meet the unique needs of practicing teachers by providing concrete opportunities to develop and utilize technology to enhance their current classroom activities and by providing opportunities to obtain knowledge, skills, and experiences relevant to educational technology leadership roles in K-12 settings. It involves a sequence of four courses focusing on educational technology issues, teaching methods, distance learning techniques, and leadership strategies, and includes an individually developed practicum project implemented at the participant’s school setting as the capstone activity.
R511 Instructional Technology Foundations (3 cr.)
The Department of Language Education offers courses that qualify pre-service and in-service teachers for certification in ESL/ENL in the state of Indiana. Graduate students seeking ESL /ENL certification should contact Jeane Novotny at jnovotny [at] indiana [dot] edu. Students may be able to use appropriate courses from an undergraduate program to apply toward this addition.
Certification and professional development programs are aligned with the requirements for the master’s program in the department although a separate application for the master’s program is necessary. Asterisked (*) courses are recommended.
Foundations in Language (3 cr.)
Literacy Foundations (3 cr.)
Foundations in Socio-Cultural Issues (3 cr.)
ESL Literacy Methods (3 cr.)
Methods Classroom Application (total 6-7cr)
Student Teaching IPracticum and Portfolio (1-6 cr.)
(Licensed teachers, 1-3 cr./earning ESL certification with initial license, 6 cr.)
Special education concentration programs in teaching people with mild disabilities and emotional handicaps are offered at both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. A program leading to certification in teaching people with severe mental handicaps is available at the Indianapolis campus. These programs enable students holding teaching licenses in either elementary or secondary education to add certifications in special education in various areas of specialization.
Students interested in these programs should contact the Special Education Program Office in Education 3211, Bloomington , IN 47405-1006 , (812) 856-8123, or the Office of Student Services in Education/Social Work 3131, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5155, (317) 274-0045.
Mild Intervention (33 cr.)
Intense Intervention (30 cr.)
Merged Program in Special Education (33 cr.)
Prerequisite (K505): Introduction to Special Education (3 cr.)
The School of Education in Bloomington offers a unique, integrated, 15 hour gifted and talented academic and art license program for K-12 teachers, administrators, graduate students and counselors. Five courses are required over two summers and are applicable for an Indiana license in Gifted and Talented Education.
The following courses are required:
In order to qualify to add a kindergarten endorsement to the teaching license, a candidate must hold either the early childhood standard or professional license or the elementary school standard or professional license under Indiana Teacher Licensing Rules 46 and 47.
E506 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 cr.) Fall
E508 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3 cr.) Summer
Media Certification can help lead to meaningful careers. Job descriptions in the school systems are evolving with changes in technology. The School Media Specialist can contribute to positive change. Because this is an addition, the student must possess a teacher’s license. In addition, the student must apply to and meet the graduate admissions requirements for the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science at either Indianapolis or Bloomington. Visit www.slis.iupui.edu; contact Marilyn Irwin at IUPUI (317)278-2375 or Norika Hara in Bloomington at (812)855-2018; slis [at] indiana [dot] edu (or toll-free 866-758-6254).
Required courses (18 cr.)
Instructional or Information Technology (9 cr.)
Mathematics (23 cr.)
Choose 9 cr from the following:
For ELEMENTARY teachers adding mathematics at the middle school level, professional education (9 cr.):
For SECONDARY teachers adding mathematics at the middle school level, additional mathematics (9cr):
Language Education offers cources that qualify pre-service and in-service tachers for the additiona in reading with a focus at the elementary or seconary level. Students may beable to use appropriate courses from an undergraduate program to apply toward this addition. Students interested in working toward the level one addition are strongly encouraged to apply to the Language Education mater's program, as the reading addition courses can count towards the degree. Graduate students (including in-service teachers and pre-srvice graduate students) should contact Jeane Novotny (<span class="spamspan"><span class="u">jnovotny</span> [at] <span class="d">indiana [dot] edu</span></span>) for informatin about this program.
Reading methods (6 cr.)
Language Arts/Literacy at the appropriate developmental level of the license (3 cr.)
Linguistics (6 cr.)
Professionalism (3 cr.)
Practicum (3-6 cr.)
Indianapolis: 21 credit hours (program under development)
Students should complete the reading certification program at Indianapolis at the grade levels of their initial teaching license.
Elective (3 cr.)
Elective (3 cr.)
The Reading Level II program (K-12) offered by the Department of Language Education at Bloomington prepares students for specialized and leadership positions in K-12 literacy education. For admission, the candidate will have completed the Reading Level I requirements (even if a Reading Minor was earned under earlier licensing rules) and the candidate must meet the admission criteria for a School of Educaiton master’s program. In addition, the candidate must complete one year of successful teaching experience that includes the teaching of reading as a significant part of the responsibility. Completion of a master’s degree is required by the time of application for the Indiana Reading Specialist license.
L501 Critical Reading Across the Content Areas, K-12 (3 cr.)
Following are the initial licensure program requirements for school counselor, school psychologist, and school speech, language, and hearing clinician. In addition, a school nurse licensure program is available from the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI (see School of Nursing Bulletin ). A school social worker licensure program is available from the IU School of Social Work at IUPUI (see Social Work Bulletin).
In order to be licensed as a school counselor in the state of Indiana, the student must earn a master’s degree in counseling (school specialization). See Master of Science in Education Degree for the required course work for a master’s degree in counseling.
Students interested in becoming licensed as school counselors in the state of Indiana should contact the counseling program at the School of Education 4003, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006, (812) 856-8305 or Education/Social Work 3115, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5155 (317) 274-6801.
This program is offered at Bloomington. To be licensed as a school psychologist through IU, the student must earn either an Ed.S. or Ph.D. degree with a major in school psychology and be recommended by the director of the School Psychology Training Program to the School of Education certification officer. A core set of courses is required, and the student may select from other courses to meet program requirements. In some cases, a particular course may meet two requirements simultaneously.
Students receiving the Ed.S. and doctoral degrees must complete a minimum of 65 credit hours and 90 credit hours of graduate credit, respectively. The Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs are fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Ph.D. program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. A student who successfully completes either program and receives a passing score on the National School Psychology Examination is automatically eligible for endorsement as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). The NCSP is accepted by the Indiana Professional Standards Board as one alternative for receiving a license as a school psychologist. The NCSP also is accepted by several other states for licensure as a psychologist in the public schools. Persons interested in this program should contact the department at Education 4008, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006, (812) 856-8332.
The following courses are required for licensure, which may vary according to degree objective:
School Psychology (29 cr.)
Human Development (3 cr.)
Nature of Exceptional Children (3 cr.)
Remedial Education (3 cr.)
Behavioral Interventions (3 cr.)
Educational Foundations (3 cr.)
Learning (3 cr.)
Social Bases of Behavior (3 cr.)
Interventions (6 cr.)
Research Methods (6 cr.)
Electives (9 cr.)
Note: The Ed.S. internship must be full time for a minimum of one school year. At least half of the internship must be in a school setting. The other half may be in a child guidance center, mental health facility, or other setting where psychological and educational services are provided to children or their families. Students seeking the doctoral degree must complete a 12-month internship. The internship must be supervised by an appropriately licensed or certified psychologist with a minimum of three years experience, and by a faculty member at Indiana University.
This program is offered at Bloomington. Students interested in becoming licensed as a school-based speech, language, hearing clinician in the state of Indiana must achieve the master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences. Specific information about the requirements of this degree may be obtained by contacting the Academic Office, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405 or by calling (812) 855-4202.
In addition to the speech and hearing course work for the degree, students must also take M463/M401 and M550 to be eligible for licensure by the Indiana Professional Standards Board.
M463 Methods in Speech and Hearing Therapy (3 cr.)
(The course described above presents information, models, and organizational/administrative procedures for delivering services to communicatively disordered persons in public schools. It examines federal and state legislative prerequisites for school-based communication disorders programs. With emphasis on collaboration as a service delivery model, the course utilizes a case-based approach to discuss major aspects of program management.)
M401 Laboratory/Field Experience
Note: Because of changes in the requirements of the Division of Professional Standards, the administrator licensing program is subject to change at any time. Please check with the Educational Leadership program or the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies for the most current requirements.
This program is for students with a master’s degree, a valid classroom teaching license (instructional), and a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience in a state-accredited school. To be admitted to this program, students must have a 2.75 undergraduate and a 3.0 graduate grade point average (GPA) and must submit a goal statement and two letters of recommendation. To receive the K-12 building administration license, individuals completing this program are also required to achieve a qualifying score on the ETS School Leaders Licensure Assessment (www.ets.org/sls). Candidates for a building administration license must hold a standard teaching license, a proficient practitioner license, or a valid out-of-state equivalent license.
Licensure requires the completion of 24 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be taken on the Bloomington or Indianapolis campus. Students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 in all course work taken at Indiana University toward licensure. Since this licensure-only program does not involve the awarding of a degree, regulations governing course recency do not apply.
Students interested in this program should contact Education 4228, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006, (812) 856-8365. For information on the Indianapolis program, call (317) 278-5739.
Individuals completing administrative programs are required by the Indiana Professional Standards Board to complete an induction program during their first two years of service as an administrator. See www.doe.state.in.us/dps or call 1-866-542-3672. Completion of the two-year induction program will result in eligibility for the five-year proficient practitioner license. Questions about licensure can be directed to:
Division of Professional Standards Board
Completion of the following standards-based, performance-driven courses results in fulfilling the ISLLC standards for educational leaders:
A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3 cr.)
See also the section on the M.S. in Educational Leadership, which also meets licensure requirements.
Educational Leadership (12 cr.)
Curriculum Courses (9 cr.)
Educational Psychology (9 cr.)
Field Based Practicum will emerge from A672 and J637
This program is offered at Bloomington. Candidates must hold a professional license in one of the following areas: special education, communication disorders, or school psychology. School psychology and communication disorders majors will require 12 credit hours of special education course work. Special education majors will require 8 credit hours of special education course work. Students interested in this program should contact Leonard Burrello, Education 4222, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006, (812)856-8365.
Completion of the following standards-based, performance-driven courses results in fulfilling the ISLLC standards for educational leaders:
Educational Leadership (18 cr.)
Special Education (8 cr./12 cr.) for school psychology and communication disorders majors)
Program Evaluation and Curriculum Assessment (3 cr.)
This program is available at Bloomington. Eight courses beyond those required for Building Level Administration are required for the superintendent license. The holder of this license is also eligible to become building administrator of any school that contains grades in which he or she has at least three years of teaching experience. Candidates must hold a professional teacher’s license and must complete an Ed.S. or Ed.D. degree to receive the superintendent license.
At least 12 credit hours must be taken on the Bloomington or Indianapolis campus. Completion of the following standards-based, performance-driven courses results in fulfilling the ISLLC standards for educational leaders:
A510 School-Community Relations (3 cr.)
One course from the following:
One course in each of the following areas:
A minimum of 12 credit hours in a teaching field and/or fields related to educational leadership.