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Transition to Teaching

Make a Difference by Becoming a Teacher.

You want to be a teacher, but didn’t major in education. That’s okay! We’ll guide you through the process of transitioning to teaching.

Transition to Teaching is a graduate-level program designed for people like you who have a bachelor’s degree and want to become a teacher. When you join Taylor’s Transition to Teaching program, you'll take a series of online classes with local school experiences, leading to eligibility for Indiana state licensure. You can earn your Indiana teaching license in as little as 18 months!

Non-Indiana residents: Anyone can do this program, even international students. For non-Indiana residents, we encourage you to reach out to your state’s education department first to ensure our program meets the credentials of your state. Once you complete the program, our team can help you transfer your Indiana license to another state. Indiana has reciprocal agreements with most U.S. states, although some states may have a few additional requirements such as passing their state’s licensure exams. We’ll be there to guide and support you through the process.

Want to start teaching while in our program? You may be eligible for a 3-year Transition to Teaching permit! The permit is available to candidates who are formally accepted in our program, enrolled in a course, and employed in an Indiana school. 

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Earn your licensure in about 18 months with flexible, online classes.

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Take classes on your schedule, at your pace.

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Learn how to teach real students by practicing in real classrooms.

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Enroll at one of Indiana’s MOST AFFORDABLE Transition to Teaching programs.

You Will Be Prepared to Teach in One of These Areas

Elementary (K-6)
You’ll take 9 classes to become an elementary teacher in Indiana.
Secondary (5-12)
You’ll take 7 classes to become a middle or high school teacher in Indiana.

You can earn a secondary license through Taylor for these content areas:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Career and Technical Education: Agriculture
  • Career and Technical Education: Business and Information Technology
  • Career and Technical Education: Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Career and Technical Education: Health Science Occupations
  • Career and Technical Education: Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Economics
  • English Language Arts
  • French
  • Geographical Perspectives
  • German
  • Government and Citizenship
  • Health
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Latin
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music: Instrumental
  • Music: Vocal
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts
All Grade (P-12)
You’ll take 10 classes to become licensed as an all-grade teacher within a specialized content area in Indiana.

You can earn an all-grade license through Taylor for these content areas:

  • Art
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Library/Media Specialist
  • Music: Instrumental
  • Music: Vocal
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Technology Education
  • Theatre Arts
Mild Intervention (P-12)
You’ll take 8 classes to become licensed for mild intervention in Indiana.
TESOL (P-12)
You’ll take these 8 classes to be licensed to teach English-language learners in Indiana:

Ready to Get Started? The Process is Simple.

#1 Apply

Applications are accepted year-round. Upon acceptance into the Transition to Teaching program, you can begin classes any day of the year. And just 12 to 24 months later, you could have your own classroom—so, get started!

  1. Apply to the Transition to Teaching program
  2. Submit college transcripts*
  3. Complete a criminal background check (within the last 12 months)
  4. If desired, apply for federal financial aid: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

*Email transcripts to or mail to:

Taylor University, Education Department
ATTN: Director, Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs
1846 Main Street
Upland, IN 46989

#2 Acceptance & Financial Aid

Taylor offers the lowest tuition in Indiana for an online, faith-based program. We don't want cost to stop you from fulfilling your calling to teach!

  • One-time enrollment fee: $100 (Pay by credit card or mail to the address provided above.)
  • Credit hour rate: $450
  • Elementary program: $10,800 total (24 credit hours)
  • Secondary program: $8,100 total (18 credit hours)
  • All grade program: $10,800 total (24 credit hours)
  • Mild Intervention program: $10,800 total (24 credit hours)

Classes have flexible start times when you pay tuition as you proceed through the program. You can select your course start date. So you don't have to wait for a semester or scheduled date to get started!

There are two potential sources of financial aid. Both are student loans—Federal Direct Student Loan and Alternative Student Loan Program.

Federal Direct Loan requirements:
  • 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 Direct Loan eligibility nor can they count toward the student’s half-time enrollment status.

Alternative Student Loan requirements:
  • 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 Direct Loan
  • Student is responsible for all interest payments
#3 Start Classes

Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer for students using financial aid. Terms are 15 weeks long.

Students not using aid select their own start dates.

You’ve Been Called To Teach. Let Us Help You.

Meet Lyn. She can help you transition to a fulfilling career in teaching. The student handbook is another great resource for all the program details.

Lyn Kline

Graduate Enrollment Counselor

  • MA, Ball State University
  • BS, Huntington University
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600+ people have completed Taylor’s Transition to Teaching program