Admission Requirements

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.

The admission requirements for the teaching certificate programs are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  3. Public school candidates need:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher's license.
    • At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of K-12 teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial school in the United States or abroad.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a K-12 classroom.
  4. Ohio candidates seeking licensure must have successfully passed a phonics course as part of their initial licensure program. Ohio teacher candidates not meeting this admission requirement, may be accepted to the program, but must complete EDUT 520, Foundations in Phonics or Language Structure (or an equivalent) prior to being recommended for the special education license in Ohio. 

NOTE: While not an admissions requirement, candidates seeking Intervention Specialist - Mild/Moderate licensure in Ohio must have successfully passed twelve credit hours (undergraduate or graduate level) of teaching of reading courses – including at least one 3-credit hour course in phonics – as part of their program completion requirements.

Program Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the Teaching Certificate - Exceptional Learners Program, candidates must have completed the following:

  1. Successful completion of the 18 credit hour curriculum associated with the content area for which they are seeking licensure.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  3. Successfully pass all Key Assessments with a score of a "3" or "4" for all rubric criteria.
  4. Successfully pass all Professional Dispositions with a score of a "3" or "4" for all rubric criteria.
  5. Successfully pass all Clinical Experience requirements required.

Note: Ohio candidates seeking licensure must have successfully passed a phonics course  as part of their initial licensure program. Ohio teacher candidates not meeting this admission requirement, may be accepted to the program, but must complete EDUT 520,  Foundations in Phonics or Language Structure (or an equivalent) prior to being recommended for the special education license in Ohio.

Clinical Experience Requirements

All clinical experience requirements are embedded in specific courses must be passed successfully to complete the program.

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Last updated: 10/25/2016