Degree Requirements

Certification to the School of Education

Students may be certified into the School of Education either as Direct Admit Scholar or by meeting certification requirements while in University Division (UD) or other academic units on campus. 

Direct Admit Scholars

A limited number of highly qualified incoming freshmen will be invited to apply for the School of Education Direct Admit Scholars program. Direct Admit Scholars receive the following opportunities:

  • Direct certification into the School of Education as an incoming freshman student.
  • Consideration for additional scholarships, including a stipend to student teach through one of our Global Gateway for Teachers programs.
  • Invitations to special events.
  • Mentoring programs.
  • Academic advising through the School of Education.

The ideal direct admit candidate is someone who already knows that teaching is his or her professional calling and is eager to begin studies in education. Special consideration will be given to: 

  • Students with demonstrated academic ability.
  • Students from under-represented populations.
  • Students who plan to specialize in high-demand fields, including mathematics, science, and special education.

How to Apply: To be considered for immediate certification into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education.  Students who meet the following qualifications are invited to join the Direct Admit Scholars program: 

  • A minimum SAT score of 1170 New SAT (or 1100 Old SAT) or a minimum ACT score of 24; and
  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Certification from University Division or Other Academic Units

Students should meet with an education advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include: 

  • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher; 
  • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed; and 
  • Completion of EDUC-G 203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. 

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