Why Study Transition to Teaching?

The IU Southeast School of Education has developed a “fast-track” Transition to Teaching teacher certification program structured for those already holding a bachelor’s degree. Interested persons who meet state requirement will be eligible, upon completion of program, to earn their teaching license in Elementary Education. The Transition program parallels the regular Elementary Education Program offered by the School of Education. The Transition to Teaching program does not currently offer a program for Secondary Education.

What is Transition to Teaching?

The Transition to Teaching program was enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in July 2002. (See Senate Bill 0166 and IPSB Rule 6.) The purpose of the program is the recruitment, retention and training of competent professionals who did not major in the field of education to now become certified to teach education in schools. Persons holding a bachelor's (or higher) degree are eligible for an Indiana teaching license through the satisfactory completion of a Transition to Teaching program.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with overall grade-point-average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) and five(5) years’ related professional experience

Admission Requirements

All applications for Elementary Transition to Teaching Program must be received by the School of Education at IU Southeast by 4:00 pm on November 1.

  • Attend a mandatory program advising session.
  • Complete online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to program. If a previous application fee was paid the fee should be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Record Specialist.

    Mary Ann Wild
    Records Specialist
    Phone: (812) 941-2388

  • In the Personal Statement area of the online application, upload an essay that explains why you would be a good candidate for this program and what strengths you would bring to teaching. 
  • If your overall GPA is below 3.0, upload a separate essay that documents 5 years’ related professional experience with school age children in the Department Questions area of the online application.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required – one letter addressing your strength as a candidate for this program and another addressing your character.  Use the Recommendation Tab on the online application to request electronically. If desired, letters may be mailed directly to Records Specialist—address below.
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school.
  • Submit results of Praxis I (PPST) scores in the areas of Reading, Math and Writing, or other acceptable scores (See Alternative Options under Forms and Manuals) to the address provided below. (KY requires scores to be no more than five years old at time of license application. IN does not have a time restraint).
  • Official scores from PRAXIS II Elementary Ed 5031- All content areas
  • Alternative options for meeting standards are listed under the Forms and Manuals section. These are all handled on a case by case basis.  You must contact the Elementary Transition to Teaching Coordinator if you are interested.

Please send all completed materials to:

IU Southeast School of Education
Mary Ann Wild, Record Specialist
Hillside Hall 0024
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Dept. Course Number Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
Initial Spring
EDUC-M 500 Integrated Professional Seminar
Session 1 – Foundations of American Education
Session 2 – Educational Psychology
Session 3 – Children’s Literature
Session 4 – Educational Psychology
Session 5 – Children’s Literature
Session 6 – Educational Psychology
Session 7 – Children’s Literature
1 P/F
EDUC-M 310 General Methods for Elementary
(Begins the week after IU Southeast’s spring break.)
3 C
Summer I
EDUC-K 505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students 3 C
EDUC-E 516 Workshop in Elementary School Science 3 C
Summer II
EDUC-N 523 Workshop in Elementary Modern Math 3 C
EDUC-E 339 Methods of Teaching Language Arts 3 C
EDUC-E 518 Workshop in General Elementary Education–Survey K-12 Literacy Framework 3 C
EDUC-E 547 Social Studies in the Elementary School 2 C
EDUC-M 500 Integrated Professional Seminar 1 P/F
Final Spring
EDUC-M 500 Integrated Professional Seminar (Student Teaching) 1 P/F
EDUC-E 515 Workshop in Elem Reading 1 C
Coming Soon!
  • Transition to Teaching Handbook