Indianapolis Alternative Certification

Do you want to become a teacher in Indiana? Instead of returning to college to complete a bachelor’s degree in education, you can pursue an alternative certification program. The Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program is designed to prepare you to work in the Indiana education system. Here is a profile of the program and what you need to know before applying.

Program Mission and Overview

The Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program prepares candidates to become effective teachers in the Indianapolis school system within three years. Candidates complete six weeks of pre-service training in the summer. The rest of the training process includes teaching in the classroom, one-on-one and group coaching, skill-building sessions, and participation in the GearUp! Program, which is a summer reading program.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0. Elementary candidates with a 2.7 to 2.99 and five years of experience in a subject-relevant career, or secondary candidates who meet the same criteria or have a graduate degree, may be eligible.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content exam.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Have never held a teaching certification.

Applicants can start the application process on the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows website.

Financial Information

  • Students must pay $150 for the required testing, $30 for the background check and $35 for the temporary teaching certification application fee.
  • The cost of the two-year program itself is $7,500.
  • Some students are eligible for $5,500 through the AmeriCorps Education Award.
  • Student loans and other forms of financial aid can also be used to fund this program.
  • Some loans are eligible for the Loan Forgiveness Program

Learn more about how to become a teacher in Indianapolis.