Licensure Requirements and Application Procedures

Graduate Students

Requirements for an Initial Instructional License in Indiana

Graduate candidates interested in obtaining an Initial Instructional License in Indiana are required to complete:

  • All Licensure Program requirements/coursework have been successfully completed
  • All passing Pearson/ETS Praxis Content Test Scores must be on file with Purdue University. Pearson tests must have been passed by August 31, 2021 to remain valid for licensure in Indiana (Pearson unavailable after September 1, 2021)
  • Passing Pearson/ETS Praxis Pedagogy Test Scores must be on file with Purdue University. Pearson tests must have been passed by August 31, 2021 to remain valid for licensure in Indiana. (Pearson unavailable after September 1, 2021)
  • Suicide Prevention Training
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Agriculture Education and Family and Consumer Science Education candidates have had occupational clock hours verified by OTEL (Not required unless completing a licensure program in Agriculture Education or Family and Consumer Sciences Education)
  • There are no holds or encumbrances on student records.

Review the Licensure Checklist for an initial Indiana Instructional license to ensure you have met all requirements before applying.

Graduate candidates interested in obtaining an addition to their existing licensure should please visit the Additions page for more information.

Additional Requirements for an Initial Administrative License

  • Hold a Professional Educators License with proficiency of initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner instructional, or School Counselor license.
  • Two years of documented full-time teaching in an accredited school while holding an Indiana Instructional license, or two years of school counselor experience if you hold a school counselor license, (experience gained under an Emergency Permit, Transition to Teaching Permit, Career Specialist Permit, or a Charter School License will not be applicable).
  • Licensure Program Degree requirements (Master’s Degree, PhD, Ed Specialist)

Licensure Program completers will receive an Indiana Initial Instructional or Administrative license (based on selected program) REPA 3. REPA 3 refers to the current licensing pattern and stands for Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability 3. Licensure actions are legally binding and vary by licensing types, statutes, patterns, and rules within Indiana. Our Licensing Advisors/Officers and the OTEL team will serve as your liaison between Purdue University, the Indiana Department of Education, as well as other state, national, and international licensure boards and agencies.

Curious about what exactly you will be qualified/licensed to teach? Learn more via the Indiana Assignment Code. The Assignment Code is a document used by administrators and educators to determine the appropriate license for a teaching, administrative or school services assignment in an Indiana accredited school. Still not sure what classes or grade levels you are licensed to teach? Contact the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) for further clarification.

Applying for Your Initial License

Initial Instructional candidates will be invited to attend a Teacher Licensing meeting the semester of their student teaching. Assistance will be given on the application process. Information regarding licensure can also be referenced on Brightspace.

We recommend that all graduate level candidates wait to apply for their license until after program completion. Licenses will not be issued prior to program completion/graduation. You will complete the LVIS application for the appropriate license, list the licensure area(s), and select Purdue University as the recommending institution.

If you have any questions regarding your application or if you want to verify that you have met all your requirements, please contact a licensing advisor in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure.

Get more information about applying for your teaching license from the Indiana Department of Education.

How long will it take to receive my license?

Purdue will make the recommendation for licensing after all coursework, grades and/or the degree have posted to the Purdue transcript, all content and pedagogy exams are passed, all other requirements listed above are satisfied, and an exit audit has been completed. This can take four to six weeks after your your grades and/or degree has posted to your transcript. Once the recommendation has been made by Purdue, the candidate will receive an email from the LVIS system. The license can then be downloaded and printed from the applicant’s LVIS account. Candidates will receive an Indiana Initial Instructional license under REPA 3. REPA 3 refers to the current licensing pattern, and stands for Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability 3.

Teaching Out of State

Not planning to stay in Indiana? Learn more about obtaining licensure out of state here.

Have Questions?

General licensure inquiries and questions can be sent to licensure@purdue.edu.

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