To complete the program and be eligible for licensing, candidates must pass assessments at three points:
The University reserves the right to modify test score requirements and specific course requirements based on changes in licensure being implemented by the Indiana Professional Standards Board. Information will be disseminated to candidates on a regular basis; nevertheless, it is the candidate's responsibility to maintain contact with the Department of Teacher Education for details.
A candidate must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to enroll in most 300-level education courses. To be admitted, a candidate must provide evidence of meeting the following requirements:
|All Education Majors:
ENGL-101 English Composition
ENGL-102 Western World Literature and Composition
ENGL-220 Advanced Composition
COMM-201 Classroom Communications
HIST-207 History of the US I
HIST-208 History of the US II
MATH-208 Elementary Teachers-Math I
MATH-210 Elementary Teachers-Math II
BIOL-112 Practical Methods/Topics in Biology
CHEM-100 Elements of Chemistry and Physics
ESCI-100 Elements of Earth-Space Science
IREL-204 World Geography
Praxis I Requirement
Teacher candidates may NOT participate in the Essay/Interview portion of Entrance to Program unless they have taken all sections of Praxis I.
Teacher candidates may NOT take controlled courses (EDUC courses 300 and above) unless they have passed ALL sections of Praxis I.
The Praxis I (Academic Skills Assessments) is designed to be taken early in the college career to measure reading, writing, and mathematical skills. They are available in two formats:
NOTE - Regardless of the format, ETS requires 3 to 5 weeks to report scores (due to hand-scoring the writing portion). Therefore, it is essential that candidates who wish to apply for Entrance to Program at the end of their sophomore year take the Praxis I no later than January.
Passing scores that are required by the University of Indianapolis for Entrance to Program also meet the licensure requirements as set by the Indiana Professional Standards Board:
Mathematics - 175
Reading - 176
Writing - 172
For admission to the professional semester of student teaching, candidates must have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and provide evidence of meeting the following requirements:
The culminating activity and final assessment for those completing the Teacher Education Program is a supervised teaching experience that provides student teachers with an opportunity to integrate the theories, methods and techniques of the teaching-learning process in a classroom setting. During this experience, student teachers produce a portfolio that demonstrates and documents their abilities to meet the developmental and content standards required for an Indiana teaching license.
The finished portfolio contains:
Each portfolio is scored by a team of professional educators using a University-developed rubric based on the INTASC Principles. The portfolio and classroom experiences are high-stakes activities. Candidates who do not receive a "Satisfactory" on either requirement will not be recommended for licensing.
Grades that may be earned in student teaching, including the portfolio: