Posted: Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:27am Updated: Thu, 05/03/2018 - 9:19am

 
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Advanced Degree

The Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing now offers a licensing option to individuals who have an advanced degree. By statute, instructional licenses issued under the advanced degree option are available only at the secondary (middle school and high school) grade levels. See IC 20-28-5-15.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a license using the advanced degree option:

  • Hold a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited postsecondary educational institution in the subject content area in which the applicant seeks to be licensed.
  • Verify at least one (1) academic year of experience teaching students in a middle school, high school or college classroom setting.  Substitute teaching experiences will not count.
  • Successfully complete the content area testing corresponding to the major of the advanced degree and the secondary pedagogy test (Indiana CORE Assessment 006 - Secondary Education). Please see the Educator Testing page for more information.
  • Valid CPR certification from an IDOE approved provider.  Click here for a link to resources.  
  • Suicide Prevention Training Certificate.  Click here for a link to resources.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) content areas (Agriculture, Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Marketing, and Trade and Industrial Areas) also require documentation of 4000 hours of related non-teaching industry work experience.

Required Documents

  • Valid CPR certification from an IDOE approved provider https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/cpr-heimlich-maneuver-aed-certification
  • Suicide prevention training certificate https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/suicide-prevention-training
  • Official transcripts showing master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited postsecondary educational institution in the subject content area in which the applicant seeks to be licensed.
    • Obtain an official transcript for your own records and upload to the application.
    • The signature of the registrar must be visible.
    • Unofficial transcripts, diplomas, and grade reports are not accepted.
    • Electronic transcripts: ensure the document is not locked, expired, or password protected.
    • Paper transcripts: scan each transcript double-sided into one PDF file.
    • If the file is over 5 MB, use a PDF compression tool such as smallpdf.com
    • Please do not mail transcripts directly.  If necessary, transcripts can be emailed to transcript@doe.in.gov
  • An official letter verifying secondary or post-secondary instructional experience.  The letter is considered official if it is on school letterhead and signed by an administrator.  The letter needs to include dates of employment, subjects and grades taught, and/or positions held, and must include both the type and status of school accreditation.  It is only necessary for the school administrator from your last place of employment to verify all your experience.
  • Official score reports from Indiana’s required content and pedagogy licensure tests.  Please see the Educator Testing website for more information.

Licensing Fee Information:  Click here.
Step-by-Step Instructions:  Click here.

 

Charter School Licensure

Candidates may qualify for an instructional license valid for teaching in charter schools only if they hold current CPR certification, complete suicide prevention training, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the major of the earned degree in the content area in which the candidate wants to teach;

OR

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and pass the appropriate licensure exam in the content area the candidate wishes to teach. 

Required Documents

  • Valid CPR certification from an IDOE approved provider https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/cpr-heimlich-maneuver-aed-certification
  • Suicide prevention training certificate https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/suicide-prevention-training
  • Official transcripts showing bachelor’s degree in a content area for which secondary licenses are issued with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA:
    • Obtain an official transcript for your own records and upload to the application.
    • The signature of the registrar must be visible.
    • Unofficial transcripts, diplomas, and grade reports are not accepted.
    • Electronic transcripts: ensure the document is not locked, expired, or password protected.
    • Paper transcripts: scan each transcript double-sided into one PDF file.
    • If the file is over 5 MB, use a PDF compression tool such as smallpdf.com
    • Please do not mail transcripts directly.  If necessary, transcripts can be emailed to transcript@doe.in.gov
  • Official score report from Indiana’s required content licensure test, if required.  Please see the Educator Testing website for more information.

Licensing Fee Information: Click here.  
Step-by-Step Instructions: Click here.

 

Career Specialists Permits

The Career Specialist Permit is a renewable two year permit that allows an individual to teach a specific content area as long as the person has met the following requirements (515 IAC 16-4-6):

  • A bachelor’s degree in a content area for which secondary licenses are issued with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA;
  • Successful completion of the CORE content exam;
  • 6,000 clock hours of verified non-teaching occupational experience in the last five years related to the content area requested for licensure.

Before renewing an initial permit, one must complete a pedagogy component that includes the areas of literacy, differentiation of instruction, classroom and behavioral management, curriculum development (lesson planning, assessment strategies, use of data to improve instruction), psychology of child development, and competence in multicultural awareness and technology in the classroom (511 IAC 16-4-6). 

Pedagogy may be provided by a school employer, college or university coursework, professional development, or any other entity.  All providers must be approved by the Indiana State Board of Education following a review and recommendation by the Indiana Department of Education.  The pedagogy preparation must begin by or before the first month of teaching.  Subsequent renewals require a Professional Growth Plan (PGP) with 40 PGP points. 
Approved Pedagogy Components

Required Documents

  • Valid CPR certification from an IDOE approved provider https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/cpr-heimlich-maneuver-aed-certification
  • Suicide prevention training certificate https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/suicide-prevention-training
  • Official transcripts showing bachelor’s degree in a content area for which secondary licenses are issued with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA:
    • Obtain an official transcript for your own records and upload to the application.
    • The signature of the registrar must be visible.
    • Unofficial transcripts, diplomas, and grade reports are not accepted.
    • Electronic transcripts: ensure the document is not locked, expired, or password protected.
    • Paper transcripts: scan each transcript double-sided into one PDF file.
    • If the file is over 5 MB, use a PDF compression tool such as smallpdf.com
    • Please do not mail transcripts directly.  If necessary, transcripts can be emailed to transcript@doe.in.gov
  • Official score report from Indiana’s required content licensure test. Please see the Educator Testing website for more information.
  • Experience verification letter signed by former employer on letterhead describing at least 6,000 clock hours of occupational experience related to the content area in the previous five years.  The letter should include dates of employment, number of hours worked, and brief description of duties.

Licensing Fee Information: Click here.
Step-by-Step Instructions: Click here.

 

Troops to Teachers

For information about this certification, please email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov.

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