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Transition to Teaching

“Educational administrators are looking for students that have character and are leaders in the classroom and in the school. At Indiana Wesleyan University, our program will help students build those skills.”

-Dr. Karen Dowling, School of Educational Leadership

 

Overview

Indiana Wesleyan University's Transition to Teaching (TTT) is an online teacher licensure program that contains all the courses you will need to become a licensed teacher in Indiana. This accelerated program enables adults with a non-teaching Bachelor's degree to become licensed elementary education or secondary education teachers. Our program allows students the opportunity to learn the material well and maintain personal time with their families.

TTT Quick Facts

  • Complete your program in 18-20 months.
  • Learn with cohort groups that provide mutual support.
  • Meet entirely online or a hybrid of online/onsite on Saturdays*.
  • One-Time Registration
  • Materials are delivered to you and included in the cost of the program.

* Field experiences in courses and student teaching require time in schools.

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If you should ever relocate to another state, you may have the potential to transfer your license through a reciprocal agreement (around 40 other states currently have such agreements). If you plan to use this license in a state other than Indiana, please contact your state's licensing agency for requirements.

Our 18-20 month program allows you to apply 15 credits to a Master of education degree. Coursework is completed online with field experience and student teaching also required. Please note that all field experience and student teaching requirements must be completed within the state of Indiana. Upon completion, our Bachelor’s to teaching certificate will enable you to teach middle school, high school, or K-12.

IWU’s Transition to Teaching program can recommend candidates for licensure in the following areas:

  • Grades K-6 - Elementary Generalist
  • Grades 5-12 - Life Science, Chemistry, Economics, Government and Citizenship, Psychology, Historical Perspectives, Sociology, Language Arts, Mathematics, Health Education, and Spanish
  • Grades P-12 - Physical Education, Vocal and General Music, Instrumental and General Music, and Visual Arts. (Those seeking P-12 licensure in these areas should enroll as a TTT secondary teaching candidate).
  • Grades P-3 - Early Childhood Education (Ohio only): field experience for this program will be offered only in Ohio.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

ProgramCredit HoursTuition
Elementary Education24 Total$448 / credit hour
Secondary Education18 Total$448 / credit hour

* Effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, veterans benefits, and occasionally employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or emailapsfinaid@indwes.edu.

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Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the Transition to Teaching program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, or reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

All applicants must have:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a grade point average of at least 3.00; or Both a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a grade point average of at least 2.50 and five years of professional experience (i.e., professional experience related to the content area in which the applicant seeks licensure); or A graduate degree (does not apply to TTT Elementary Education applicants).
  • Passing Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) scores or Approved Alternative scores (as established by the Indiana Department of Education) for reading, writing, and math. The following additional assessments are acceptable to document basic skills, competency:
    • Total Praxis I composite score of at least 527 if taken before September 1, 2013
    • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science
    • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Math
    • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative
    • Anyone with a Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution is exempt
  • Minimum scores of "3" or higher on a required Candidate Disposition Admission Survey; personal and professional (based on a four point scale).
  • Applicants seeking licensure in Spanish will successfully demonstrate competence in oral Spanish communication skills via recorded process that is assessed by IWU approved Spanish speakers using a scoring rubric.  A minimum classification of "Advanced Low" is required for admission to the program.

The Transition to Teaching program can recommend candidates for licensure in the following areas: 

  • Elementary Generalist K-6 
  • Grades 5-12 - Life Science, Chemistry, Economics, Government and Citizenship, Psychology, Historical Perspectives, Sociology, Language Arts, Mathematics, Health Education, and Spanish. 
  • Grades P-12 - Physical Education, Vocal and General Music, Instrumental and General Music, and Visual Arts. (Those seeking P-12 licensure in these areas should enroll as a TTT secondary teaching candidate). 

To be eligible to be recommended for licensure a candidate must:

  • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
  • Pass all clinical experiences with a grade of "Credit."
  • Provide passing scores for all state required licensures examinations.
  • Provide a state approved criminal history check (required for student teaching and licensure).
  • Upon University confirmation of program completion, the license advisor will send licensure application instructions to candidates.
  • Candidates must provide a copy of a valid CPR certification, as mandated by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Click here to the IWU Licensure website

Field Experience:

  • All TTT candidates in both the elementary and secondary programs must complete four, 10-hour field experience assignments embedded in four core courses.
  • All assignments for field experiences will be arranged by the Office of Clinical Experiences. Candidates are not to contact any school or attempt to secure their own field experience assignment at any time.
  • All core course work prior to either EDUT 590 or EDUT 595 must be complete with a minimum grade of no less than "B-" in each core course to be eligible to student teach.

Student Teaching:

  • All TTT candidates in both the elementary and secondary programs must complete nine weeks of full-time student teaching
  • Any candidate absences must be made up within the time frame of the student teaching course. Should a candidate not be able to meet the required hours and weeks associated with the student teaching placement, the candidate may petition the TTT Program Director for an extension of time.
  • All placements for student teaching will be made by the Office of Clinical Experiences. Candidates are not to contact any school or attempt to secure their own student teaching assignment at any time.
  • Once a student teaching placement has been finalized, it can only be changed by approval of the Office of Clinical Experiences. The candidate must supply sufficient evidence to warrant such change.
  • At the request of the cooperating P-12 school's administration, the University faculty, or University administration, a candidate can be removed from a student teaching assignment at any time for immoral or inappropriate conduct.
  • The TTT Program Director may remove a candidate from a student teaching experience for the candidate's failure to satisfactorily perform the requirements of the student teaching experience. Input from the university faculty and administration and the cooperating teacher will be sought before removing the candidate.
  • Removal from a student teaching experience may result in the candidate being permanently withdrawn from the program. A grade of "No Credit" will be issued for the student teaching course.
  • If a candidate repeating a student teaching course does not receive a satisfactory grade, the candidate will be withdrawn permanently from the Transition to Teaching program and will be ineligible to reapply.
  • Any candidate who is being considered for removal from a student teaching experience has the right to appeal that decision pursuant to the policies of the College of Adult and Professional Studies.

NOTE:All field experience and student teaching requirements must be completed within the state of Indiana. Also, state regulations may prohibit licensure for individuals who have ever been convicted of a crime of violence or of any crime that has a direct bearing on the ability to teach competently.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Transition to Teaching program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.

CITYSTART DATE*TIME
Online (Elementary)10/03/1524/7
Online (Secondary)07/25/1524/7

*IWU offers a wide variety of adult education programs, and each has special needs that govern application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to contact us and speak with a program representative to clarify application deadlines for a particular class start date.