Become a Teacher in Indiana


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            Earn Your Indiana Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To earn your Indiana teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Indiana has two levels of licensure: Initial Practitioner and Proficient Practitioner. Learn more here about getting your Teaching Credential in Indiana. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Indiana

            A Bachelor’s degree is required in every state. Indiana has no specific credit hour requirements, but does require a minor in a content area along with the relevant major.  Indiana requires a supervised field experience in the classroom with responsibility for direct student instruction in order to qualify for an Initial Practitioners certificate. Check with the Department of Education or your teacher preparation program for more information. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Indiana

            Indiana has both a Basic Skills and a Subject Area Competence testing requirement. The Basic Skills area can be filled by the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) or by an approved alternative method and the Subject Area Competence area can be filled by the Praxis II: Subject Tests in your specialty area. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Read more about teacher certification tests. Return to the top

            Indiana Teacher Certification Programs

            To earn your teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Indiana can be found here. Return to the top

            Alternate Teacher Certification in Indiana

            All accredited teacher preparation programs in Indiana are required to offer Transition to Teaching, a program that helps professionals with the appropriate content knowledge join the teaching profession. Indiana also offers the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program which offers training, support, and the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching for teachers of math, science, Spanish and special education. For more alternative certification options, click here. Indiana Troops to Teachers program Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Indiana

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Indiana, visit the reciprocity page. Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Indiana Department of Education.   Return to the top

            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Indiana

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master's in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master's program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. A teacher starting out with a Master’s degree in the Indianapolis Public Schools in the 2009-10 school year could expect to earn about $1,500 than one without an advanced degree; however, the differential increased with more years of experience – with 20 years of experience, a teacher with a Masters could expect to earn $7,000 more than one without. Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Indiana residents are eligible for the  Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school. Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Indiana Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Indiana makes $47,590 per year, which is 140% of the state average income. Teacher salaries in Indiana are up to the discretion of the school district. A list of beginning teacher’s salaries from 2012 can be found here. Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Indiana Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Teachers in Indiana are vested in the retirement system after 10 years of service. Contact the Teachers Retirement Fund (TRF) for information on age limits and other questions. Indiana offers additional benefits for teachers, including health and dental benefits according to the county or school district. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Teachers in Indiana

            Indiana offers a Professional Growth Plan, where teachers attend conferences and workshops to gain Professional Growth Points (PGPs). Teachers must gain at least 90 PGPs, 6 credit hours of coursework or complete the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification program to renew their teaching license. Beginning teachers will join the Indiana Mentorship and Assessment Program (IMAP) through which they receive two years of intensive mentorship to integrate them into the school. Return to the top

            Indiana Teaching Jobs

            The Indiana Department of Education Job Site assists teachers in finding job opportunities. Aspiring teachers can use the new job search engine to find job openings throughout the state. Teacher shortages have made Indiana a popular state for highly qualified beginning teachers. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Indiana Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Licensing and Development Transition to Teaching Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund Indiana Department of Education Job Site