Indiana

The state of Indiana is in need of qualified teachers for their schools. You can become certified as a teacher through a number of different methods, including both formal teacher education training and alternative options.

If you have completed a formal teacher education training in Indiana, you will receive the Standard Indiana Teacher Certification. This certificate will be valid for 5 years and is renewable. In order to receive this certification, you’ll need to verify that you have completed your training program. Generally, you will file your application for certification through the university that you completed your teacher training with. The school will need to complete an Indiana teaching form to verify your education and give you a recommendation. Indiana also offers an alternative route to certification, which is available to prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field that is recognized as an area of study in Indiana. You will need to have at least 5 years in a related occupation as well. All teachers will be required to pass the Praxis I Test of Basic Skills as well as the Praxis II Content test that is related to subject area. Additionally, you’ll need to submit a criminal history report to verify that you do not have any convictions not allowed by Indiana.

You will not find any exceptionally large school districts in Indiana, but you can generally find employment in the state’s large population areas of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, and South Bend. Indiana schools are not required to report their job openings to the State Department of Education, however, those that voluntarily report will be posted on the Professional Education Employee Referral site. Teachers who have completed an Idaho state education program may find it helpful to seek assistance from college placement offices.

As a teacher in Indiana, you will be expected to complete a specific amount of professional development hours. This requirement is designed to help you further develop as a teacher as well as ensure that your skills are up to date. Specific requirements will vary for different teachers, but you can generally expect to complete some combination of college credit, in-service hours, mentoring, or workshops.

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