Already have a bachelor’s degree and want to become a teacher? Consider our transition to teaching program.
Transition to Teaching (TTT) is based on the premise that a candidate already has the subject matter training and knowledge to teach in a secondary area. The Transition to Teaching program builds upon those skills to help applicants become teachers in an area of their choosing and gain licensure as a teacher.
The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to publicly disclose to prospective and currently enrolled students whether certain programs meet the education requirements for licensure or certification in the state or territory in which they reside. “Programs Leading to Professional Licensure” is defined as programs represented to prepare students for an occupation for which, at completion of the program, a local, state or federal license, or nongovernmental certification is required (i) as a precondition for employment, (ii) to perform certain functions, or (iii) to meet additional conditions that are generally needed to secure employment.
The Purdue University Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana. However, not all undergraduate and graduate programs lead to an educator licensure in the State of Indiana. If your Teacher Education program includes field experience(s) and a student teaching or internship component, it may lead to an educator license in the State of Indiana, if you meet the licensure requirements. Contact your academic/faculty advisor and/or the Office of Teacher and Licensure at email@example.com to verify your program enrollment and whether or not it leads to a license in the State of Indiana.
The State of Indiana has reciprocity agreements with other states, the District of Columbia, and territories. For licensing information contact information for individual state departments of education or visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) or email a Purdue University licensing officer/advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit this page to view the Licensure Program Agreement
The first education course of the Transition to Teaching program begins each June. The graduate application for admission should be submitted with all required documentation; e.g., official transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.* by April 1 to be reviewed in order to be eligible for that course. If an application is submitted after April 1, there is no guarantee of faculty review and admission prior to the start of the program.
*Before applying it is highly recommended that the candidate meet with the faculty program coordinator in the area in which he or she wishes to be licensed.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Secondary TTT Program, you must meet one of the following entrance qualifications:
(1) A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent with a grade point average of at least three (3.0) on a four (4.0) point scale from an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the subject area that the individual intends to teach. (Coursework may not be taken or repeated after earning the degree in order to raise the overall GPA.)
(2) A graduate degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the subject area or a related field that the individual intends to teach.
(3) Both a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least two and five-tenths (2.5) on a four (4.0) point scale, and five (5) years professional experience in the subject or a related area that the individual intends to teach.
(4) Both a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution and proof that the individual has passed the state approved content area examination in the subject area that the individual intends to teach.
*In addition, you will need to provide three (3) letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and official transcripts from all universities attended. Also, although not required for admission, except for Option 4 above, the Pearson content test is required prior to the internship.
The Transition to Teaching licensure route requires the completion of a transcript evaluation and credential review prior to admission to the TTT program.
As the introductory and concluding seminars in the TTT program are offered in the summer for either 1 or 2 weeks, you may need short term housing. For information about housing, please visit www.housing.purdue.edu/CampusGuests/index.html
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