Before earning an Indiana teacher license, one must obtain a bachelor’s degree from one of the teaching schools in Indiana or from an approved out-of-state program, receive mandatory first aid training, and pass certification exams. Many schools in Indiana can prepare an individual to apply for an Indiana teaching license, but each has a unique approach to teacher education. Some schools focus solely on elementary and high school teaching while others offer many specialized programs such as school counseling, special education, and technology education.
The degree that prospective teachers earn determines which type of Indiana teacher certification they will seek later, so it is important to research specific schools and degree programs before enrolling. Read on to discover more about the four largest schools offering Indiana teacher education: Indiana University, Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Ball State University.
Indiana University’s School of Education offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education, as well as a Transition to Teaching program in secondary education. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 to remain enrolled in the teacher education program at Indiana University. The School of Education currently has around 500 students enrolled full-time and about 400 students enrolled part-time.
The College of Education at Purdue University offers undergraduate programs in elementary education, special education, and more specialized areas such as youth agricultural education, technology education, and health education. In 2011, the College of Education enrolled 714 undergraduate students and 452 graduate students. The school employs faculty from all over the world and also offers study abroad programs in Honduras, India, and Tanzania.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is an urban campus of Indiana University and Purdue University located in Indianapolis. The School of Education at IUPUI grants degrees through Indiana University and focuses on urban education and the role of technology in education. The students are divided into cohorts, or academic groups working through the same degree plan together. While this school does not offer graduate programs in education, it does have a Transition to Teaching program.
The Teacher’s College at Ball State University offers undergraduate programs in educational studies, elementary education, special education, and counseling psychology and guidance services. The school also offers graduate programs in the same subjects as well as educational psychology and educational leadership. In fact, a graduate of Ball State University, chemistry teacher Deanna York, won the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, one of the most prestigious awards in the nation for school teachers.