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Transition to Teaching

Transition to Teaching is a graduate level program designed for individuals who have a bachelor degree from an accredited institution of higher education, and wish to become a licensed teacher. This online program is self-paced, which allows for flexibility as one progresses toward Indiana state licensure.

Students desiring a secondary license (5-12) will complete an 18-hour course of study. Taylor’s Transition to Teaching program includes the following secondary content areas: math, English, biology, physical science, earth & space science, physics, chemistry, business, historical perspectives, psychology, geography, economics, government, and sociology. All-grade (P-12) content areas are available in physical education, health, and foreign languages.

The elementary (K-6) licensure program is a 24-hour course of study.

Candidates must meet all state licensure requirements of the Indiana Department of Education.

Program Structure

The structure of the program is unique. Classes are either taken in 4-month terms or 15-week semesters, depending on financing. Per federal regulations, students who use financial aid take semester-based classes. Otherwise, you have the option of taking classes within a 4-month term, in which you determine the start date of your classes. You can enroll and begin a course any day of the year.

In either time frame, you can work on a class any time of the day, and never have to be online at a specific time. Courses are taught online in an independent study format (self-paced) through Blackboard, our course management system. While the coursework is completed online, some classes require classroom observations and experiences that are completed in the student’s local community. Also, a ten-week student teaching experience is a mandatory component of both tracks.

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Admissions Process

The process for applying to Taylor University’s online Transition to Teaching program requires submission of the following:

  1. Transition to Teaching Application
  2. College transcripts*
  3. Criminal background check completed within the last 12 months
  4. Application fee: $100 (Pay by credit card or check)
  5. If desired, apply for federal financial aid: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Prior to formal admission into the program, the following items must be completed:

  1. CASA test passed at state qualifying scores.
    (Praxis I taken and passed before August 31, 2013 will also be accepted.)
  2. Pearson content area assessments passed at state qualifying scores. (Praxis II taken and passed before May 31, 2014 will also be accepted.)

*Official Transcripts

Are sealed documents sent directly from the institution to the Taylor University Education Department. Photocopies or previously opened documents are not accepted.

Mail transcripts to:

  • Taylor University, Education Department
  • ATTN: Transition to Teaching Director
  • 236 W. Reade Avenue
  • Upland, IN 46989


Tuition is $450 per credit hour. It is due at the time of enrollment, unless the student is using financial aid. There are different parameters for the courses depending on how tuition is paid. If paid by the student, he/she can start as soon as the next business day and will have four months to finish the course.

If financial aid is used, the course must be taken within the traditional fall, spring, and summer semesters in order to comply with federal regulations. Semesters have specific start and end dates. The next start date for students using financial aid is the spring semester, which begins on January 29, 2019.

Financial Aid

There are two potential sources of financial aid for students accepted into Taylor University’s online Transition to Teaching program. Both are student loans and are briefly described below. Students are encouraged to research each source further.

Federal Stafford Student Loan


  • Accepted into the program
  • Submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Taylor University code is 001838.
  • Enrolled at least half-time (six hours/semester) in courses required by the state teacher certification program*
  • No student loans in default status


  • Loan repayment deferred until student is no longer enrolled at least half-time
  • Attractive interest rate
  • Federal government may pay loan interest while student is in school which is determined by the level of financial need based on the FAFSA
  • Eligible students are guaranteed loan funds

*Note: Courses outside the specific state requirements, even if recommended by Taylor (i.e. undergraduate prerequisite courses), cannot be considered when calculating the student’s Federal Stafford Loan eligibility nor can they count toward the student’s half-time enrollment status.

Alternative Student Loan Programs


  • Accepted into the program
  • Enrolled at least half-time (some exceptions)
  • Subjected to loan application process which typically requires a co-signer and a credit history report


  • Loan repayment deferred until student is no longer enrolled at least half-time
  • Low interest rates though not as low as Federal Stafford Loan
  • Student is responsible for all interest payments

Additional Steps

Current students can view personal financial aid information on the student portal at https://myfa.taylor.edu. The student will need to enter his/her Taylor student ID number and the first eight digits of his/her social security number as the PIN to log in. On the portal, the student will need to complete various steps depending on which loans he/she wants including: apply for the loan, complete entrance counseling, and sign the master promissory note. Aid cannot be disbursed prior to the completion of the appropriate steps.

For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Department at 765-998-5358.

Licensing/Program Tests

Per the Indiana Department of Education, tests that verify basic competencies and content knowledge are required for licensure and Taylor University’s online Transition to Teaching program.

Before beginning the Transition to Teaching program, basic competency skills must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • ACT, SAT or GRE scores that meet state qualifying scores
  • CASA basic skills assessment
  • Praxis I tests (taken by August 31, 2013) that meet qualifying scores or a qualifying composite score
  • Master’s degree

Content knowledge is assessed through Pearson Content Area Assessments, which measure a student’s knowledge in the subjects he/she will teach. Praxis II tests (taken by May 31, 2014) will also be accepted.

Content Area Assessment: Subject assessments measure your content knowledge of the subject(s) you will teach. Both elementary and secondary programs have content area tests. In order to proceed beyond the first two courses in the program, TTT510 and TTT520, secondary candidates with a GPA lower than 3.0 or pursuing licensure in a content area different from their undergrad degree must pass their content area assessment. Secondary candidates with a 3.0 GPA or higher and an undergraduate major in their content area, and elementary candidates take their content area assessment toward the end of the program. ALL candidates must also pass a Pedagogy test in their developmental area to qualify for an Indiana license.

Reciprocal State Licensure

Many states have reciprocity agreements which ease the transfer of an Indiana state teaching license to another state. Some states only allow for a temporary teaching license while the out-of-state licensed teacher completes an application and additional state specific requirements for a license in that state. Find more information and links to each state’s procedure regarding reciprocity agreements.

CASA and Pearson content area assessment site

More Information

Hear from Transition to Teaching graduates, Colin (Elem), Kelly (Elem), Miranda (Elem), and Myron (HS), as they share about their experiences with our program! For additional information, please read the student handbook or contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any grade point requirements (GPA) for admission to the program?

Yes, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.0 or above for full acceptance into the program. Provisional acceptance could be granted to candidates with a 2.5 to 3.0 grade point average. Candidates with a grade point average lower than 2.5 will be considered on an individual basis.

How many classes must I take?

The candidate must meet standards prescribed by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). For the elementary program, the candidate can meet standards with 24 credit hours, and for the secondary program, candidates can meet standards with 18 credit hours.

Does this program contain field experiences and student teaching?

Yes, the program contains several courses in which field experiences are mandatory requirements for the course. A full ten-week student teaching experience is required to complete the program.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be flexible depending upon the individual candidates. The program could be completed in approximately one to two years if the candidate is willing to commit the time to the program.

Must I pass state tests?

Yes, please review the Licensure Tests page for complete information.

Can I transfer my Indiana state teaching license to another state?

Yes, most states have reciprocity agreements that make it easier for a licensed teacher to become licensed in another state.

How do I take the required courses?

Courses are taken online; however, field experiences and student teaching in the classroom are required. Prior to taking courses, the candidate must be accepted into the program.

What content areas are available?

  • An elementary K-6 grade program
  • Secondary programs (5-12) in the following areas: Math, English, biology, physical science, earth & space science, physics, chemistry, business, historical perspectives, psychology, geography, economics, government, and sociology.
  • All-grade (P-12) in the following areas: physical education, health, and foreign languages

Do I need to maintain a GPA in the program?

Yes, candidates must maintain a 2.7 GPA and earn at least a C- in all coursework.

When do I apply for student teaching?

The candidate should apply a full semester before the anticipated start date of the student teaching experience.

  • Application due date – Feb. 1 for an August-October placement
  • Application due date – Mar. 15 for an October-December placement
  • Application due date – Sept. 1 for a January-March placement
  • Application due date – Oct. 15 for a March-May placement

How are student teaching placements made?

The candidate and the instructor of TTT590 will work together to secure a placement that is appropriate for each individual situation.

Are there additional fees for student teaching?

Candidates student teaching in Indiana are not assessed additional fees. If a candidate is student teaching out of state, there may be additional fees to cover supervision expenses.

What courses must I take first?

TTT510 Introduction to the Education Profession and TTT520 Educational Psychology

Can education courses taken at other institutions transfer into our program?

Yes, courses will be reviewed on an individual basis to see if they meet content criteria. Only courses with a grade of B or higher and taken within the last ten years can be considered.

Can TTT590 Student Teaching be waived?

Yes, if candidates have taught full-time in their licensure area for 2-3 years, it might be possible to waive student teaching. Documentation of effective teaching and administrative recommendations will be required. Substitute teaching and/or working as an instructional aide does NOT qualify for a student teaching waiver.

Can I take a class during student teaching?

No, student teaching is the capstone class in the program and must be taken only after all other classes are completed.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, please visit the Tuition/Aid page for detailed information.