Online Transition to Teaching Program

 

Overview of the Transition to Teaching Online Program

The Transition to Teaching program is a lock-step, graduate level, non-degree initial licensure program structured to prepare candidates to apply subject matter expertise, assessment knowledge, and differentiated instructional practices to technology rich learning environments for today’s students. This program contains all the courses you will need to become a licensed teacher in Indiana. Candidates seeking licensure in states other than Indiana must first obtain their Indiana educator license and then seek licensure, in their state of choice, through possible reciprocity agreements. If a candidate should relocate to another state, transfer of the earned teaching license from IWU may be possible through a reciprocal agreement. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the residency state’s licensing agency for requirements.

Coursework is completed online with field experiences and student teaching also required. The Transition to Teaching program can recommend candidates for licensure in the following areas:

  • Elementary Generalist K-6
  • Grades 5-12 - Business Education, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, Geographical Perspectives, Government and Citizenship, Historical Perspectives, Language Arts, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Technology Education 
  • Grades P-12 - Computer Education, Health, Music: Instrumental, Music: Vocal, Physical Education, Spanish, Theater Arts, Visual Arts
  • Special Education P-12
  • Early Childhood P-3

NOTE: All TTT-Elementary candidates will be required to provide passing scores for Indiana’s required licensing content test(s) by the end of the fifth course in the program or will be administratively withdrawn from the program. All TTT-Secondary candidates will be required to provide passing scores for Indiana’s required licensing content test(s) by the end of the fourth course in the program or will be administratively withdrawn from the program.

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.

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Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see the Off-Campus Library Website.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Tuition
Elementary Education 24 Total $470 / credit hour
Secondary Education 18 Total $470 / credit hour

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.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

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 email  IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Courses

The Transition to Teaching Certificate is a lock-step program. Students who are unable to complete a course or who receive an unsatisfactory grade for their specific program will be allowed to repeat that course with another group of students if arrangements are made with the Registration Change Counselor and the School of Educational Leadership. Tuition and fees will be charged for repeating the course.

Elementary Education

EDUT-505,EDUT-510,EDUT-545,EDUT-520,EDUT-521,EDUT-550,EDUT-548,EDUT-590

 

Secondary Education

EDUT-515,EDUT-575,EDUT-560,EDUT-511,EDUT-580,EDUT-578,EDUT-595

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University with one of the following:
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from an institution of higher education
    • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale from an institution of higher education and five (5) years of professional experience in an education-related field as determined by the department
    • Proof that the individual has passed the state approved content area examination (in the subject area that the individual intends to teach for a Secondary certificiate).
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Educational Leadership guidelines.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that Indiana State Legislation has mandated that expanded background checks are required for those working with students in Indiana schools. Applicants will also be required to adhere to any additional State Mandates required for educators. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check that is acceptable to the university as a part of their application materials, that successful background report will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. School corporations are governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who set policy for their school corporation. All accepted candidates should understand that additional background checks at the candidate’s expense will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

Completion Requirements 

  • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
  • Successfully complete all Clinical Experience requirements associated with the program.
  • Provide passing scores for all required state licensure content and pedagogy examinations.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Program Requirements

  • All Transition to Teaching-Elementary Education candidates will be required to provide passing scores for Indiana's reqired licensing content test(s) by the end of the fifth course in the program or will be administratively withdrawn from the program.
  • All Transition to Teaching-Secondary Education candidates will be required to provide passing scores for Indiana’s required licensing content test(s) by the end of the fourth course in the program or will be administratively withdrawn from the program.
  • The Transition to Teaching Certificate is a lock-step program.  Candidates who are unable to complete a course or who receive an unsatisfactory grade will repeat that course before moving on in their program. Tuition and fees will be charged for repeating the course.

Clinical Experience Requirements

  • All candidates must complete field experiences throughout the program as well as a 14-week full-time student teaching experience in a K-6 classroom (Elementary certificate) or 5-12 or P-12 (depending upon content area) classroom (Secondary certificate).
  • All course work prior to student teaching must be completed with a minimum grade of no less than "B-" in each course to be eligible to student teach.
  • All clinical placements 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.
  • Removal from a clinical experience may result in the candidate not passing the course and/or being permanently withdrawn from the program.
Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

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