Program Admission Requirements
Students wishing to pursue licensure in the state of Indiana are required to demonstrate specific academic competencies and professional dispositions. The general admission guidelines are outlined below along with the application process. More detailed information can be obtained from the Pre-Candidate Handbook.
In addition, pre-candidates who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the teacher education program may be eligible for Indiana Tech’s Educational Excellence Award, a $15,000/year scholarship for those pursuing teacher licensure in the School of Education. More information about this scholarship is available on our financial aid website.
- A minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale in their college coursework
- Prospective Indiana educators are required to demonstrate basic skills competency prior to admission to Indiana educator preparation programs. The options to accomplish this include:
- Achieving passing scores on the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)
- ACT® with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science
- SAT® with a score of at least 1170 based on Critical Reading and Math
- No grade of C- or below was earned in any of the following core courses:
- Any English (ENG) course
- Any Mathematics (MATH) course
- Any Education (EDU), Special Education (SPED) or Physical Education (PHED) course
- A minimum of 3 Disposition Assessment Forms with an average score of 1.5.
- Must not be under sanction by the Office of Student Affairs or have a history of infraction cards that raise concern about the pre-candidates ability to act in a professional and ethical manner.
- A minimum of three satisfactory recommendations. Two from Indiana Tech faculty that the candidate has taken a course with (only one may be from an education faculty member) and one from someone who has witnessed the pre-candidate working with K-12 students.
- A current criminal background check that reveals no arrests or convictions that would preclude the candidate from obtaining a teaching license in Indiana.
Pre–candidates who have declared Education as their major field of study and who are pursuing Teacher Licensure must apply to and be granted admission into the School of Education before they may enroll in education courses designated as methods or participate in the associated field experience. Pre-candidates should apply for application to the teacher education program by the end of their third semester. To apply, candidates submit a professional portfolio to the Director of Teacher Preparation containing the following materials:
- Application for Admission
- Résumé with the following (candidates may receive assistance with résumé development in the Career Center):
- Education: List schools attended (high school and college), degrees, certificates, etc.
- Employment: List positions, dates and responsibilities.
- Experience with Children and Youth (paid or volunteer): Provide the following information for each experience you list under this category. Be specific about:
- Where you had the experience
- What you did
- The length of time involved
- The age of the children you worked with
- The name of the person who supervised you that could be contacted about your experience.
- Honors, awards, hobbies and/or organizations to which you belong.
- Self-evaluation on Disposition Assessment Form
- Essay explaining why the candidate wishes to become a professional educator. The essay should be a minimum of 1 page and include:
- Why you desire to teach
- Your philosophy of education
- A reflection of your dispositional evaluation
- 3 performance goals you have as you progress through the teacher education program