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Transition to Teaching

Get Your Indiana Teaching License

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 in Indiana.

Transition to Teaching is a graduate-level program designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree, and wish to become a teacher. You’ll take a series of online courses leading to Indiana state licensure. Tracks include:

  • Elementary (K-6)
  • Middle School programs (5-9): English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Secondary programs (5-12): Business, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, English Language Arts, Geographical Perspectives, Government and Citizenship, Health, Historical Perspectives, Journalism, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
  • All-grade (P-12): Physical Education, World Languages

How to Get Started


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Applications are accepted year-round. Upon acceptance into the Transition to Teaching program, you can begin courses any day of the year. And, 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. Submit ACT/SAT, GRE, or Praxis I scores
  5. Pay the $100 application fee
  6. If desired, apply for federal financial aid: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

*Email transcripts to april_dickey@taylor.edu or mail to:

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

Classes and Licensure Tests

Transition to Teaching classes are:
    ✓ online
    ✓ self-paced
    ✓ graduate-level
    ✓ $450 per credit hour (financial aid is available)

    ✓ select the course start date*
    ✓ have up to 4 months to complete coursework*
    ✓ participate in local field experiences
    ✓ student teach for 10 weeks

*When using financial aid, classes are 15 weeks long and have set term dates.

Elementary Track

Meet Colin, a Kindergarten teacher who loves his job.

You’ll take these 9 classes to become an elementary teacher in Indiana.

  1. Introduction to the Education Profession
  2. Educational Psychology
  3. Exceptional Children
  4. Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
  5. Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers
  6. Early Literacy Experiences and Assessments: K-3
  7. Middle Childhood Literacy and Assessment
  8. Elementary Methods
  9. Student Teaching

Students typically complete the program in 18 to 24 months. Check out this Elementary Track PDF to learn more about the program.

Secondary Track

Meet Kelly, a 5th grade teacher who is making a difference.

Kelly, 5th grade teacher

For Kelly, going back to school had to fit around being a single mom and working two jobs – and it did!

“A great program—very reasonable amount of work and time. I could do it from home. It was perfect!”

You’ll take these 7 classes to become a middle school or high school teacher in Indiana.

  1. Introduction to the Education Profession
  2. Educational Psychology
  3. Exceptional Children
  4. Reading in the Content Area for Secondary Teachers
  5. Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers
  6. Secondary Methods
  7. Student Teaching

Students typically complete the program in 12 to 18 months. Check out this Secondary Track PDF to learn more about the program.

Licensure Tests

To become a teacher, you have to take tests. Two to be exact.

  • Test #1: Content Area Assessment
    When: Decided on a case-by-case basis, as the exact timing is dependent on your licensure area, undergraduate major and GPA.
    Details: Pearson Content Area Assessments measure a student’s knowledge in the subject(s) he/she will teach. Praxis II tests taken on or before 5/31/14 are also accepted to meet this requirement.

  • Test #2: Pedagogy Assessment
    When: Complete this test at the end of the program, before applying for licensure.
    Details: A pedagogy test in your developmental area assessed through Pearson.

It can seem overwhelming, but rest easy. We will walk you through the licensure test process after you apply to Taylor's program. Kim Overbey, Director of Teacher Licensure, will answer all of your questions (765-998-5286). The student handbook is full of details, as well. Or check out the Pearson Assessment site.

Not planning to teach in Indiana? Many states have reciprocity agreements that ease transferring an Indiana state teaching license to another state. Find out more.

IDOE Application

You’ve completed the classes. You’ve completed the tests. What happens next?

To become licensed, the Indiana Department of Education also requires you to be CPR certified and suicide prevention certified (completed independent of Taylor’s courses). Then, you’ll submit a teaching license application along with the fee through the IDOE website. That’s it! Taylor University will recommend you to the IDOE for an Indiana state teaching license. Once the paperwork is approved – you are a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana!

This document walks you through the details.


Tuition is $450 per credit hour. That’s $10,800 for the elementary track (24 credit hours), and $8,100 for secondary (18 credit hours). Tuition does not include books.

Financial Aid
Classes begin August 31st, February 2nd, and May 25th for students using financial aid. (Students not using aid pick their own start dates.) There are two potential sources of financial aid. Both are student loans – Federal Stafford Student Loan and Alternative Student Loan Program.

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


Meet April and Leah. They’ll help you transition to a fulfilling career in teaching.

April Dickey
Director, Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs

Leah Kimbrell
Transition to Teaching Program Advisor