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To become a certified teacher in Indiana, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Indiana, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college/university.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • All candidates, regarding of area of licensure, must complete special education coursework.
  • Valid certification in CPR/Heimlich maneuver training, issued by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
  • Pass Praxis exams(s) in accordance with appropriate licensure areas.

Indiana Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Indiana, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Indiana Teacher Preparation

The Indiana Department of Education requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. Teacher preparation programs in Indiana vary widely, though all accredited schools of education are required to offer the Transition to Teaching program.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Indiana, visit our Indiana Teacher Scholarship page.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Indiana can be found here. Please click here for more information on alternative teacher certification in Indiana.

Indiana Required Tests

The Indiana Department of Education mandates that all teaching candidates pass the Praxis Series tests — Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills and Praxis II: Content Assessment.

Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

PPST measures examinees’ knowledge and skills in three areas: reading, writing and mathematics. The PPST assesses competency required of successful educators in the state of Indiana.


Required Test(s) Certification
Reading, Writing and Mathematics Subtests *Praxis I is required for all certification areas, and must be passed in order to enter teacher preparation programs in the state of Indiana


Praxis II: Content Assessment

Praxis II tests are designed to measure examinees’ professional and pedagogical knowledge in relation to their desired area(s) of certification.


Required Test(s) Certification
Pre-Kindergarten Education Pre-Kindergarten Education
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
Reading Specialist
Early Childhood Education (P-3)

Middle School English Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies
Middle School (5-9)

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
Government/Political Science
World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge
Biology: Content Knowledge
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Chemistry -AND- Physics: Content Knowledge
Physics: Content Knowledge
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science/Space
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • Gov’t/Political Science
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science (5-12)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology

Art: Content Knowledge
English to Speakers of Other Languages
Health Education
Library Media Specialist
Music: Content Knowledge
Physical Education: Content Knowledge
Teaching Reading
All Grades

  • Art
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Health
  • Media Specialist
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Reading
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications Special Education

  • Hearing Impaired
  • Intense Intervention
  • Mild Intervention
  • Visually Impaired


Indiana Certification Reciprocity

Indiana will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Iowa, and Minnesota. Contact the Indiana Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Indiana Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Indiana provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Indiana has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $48,550
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $46,630
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Indiana makes 140% of the salary of the average worker in Indiana
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

Indiana School Personnel Job Bank

Put forth by IDOE, the Indiana School Personnel Job Bank is a database that allows potential teaching candidates to search online and apply for school positions within the Indiana Public School System.

Indiana Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Indiana.

Contact Information

Indiana Department of Education

115 West Washington Street

South Tower, Suite 600

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

(317) 232-6610 – Contact

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