Applying for Your Initial License

You will complete the LVIS application for the appropriate license, list the licensure area(s), and select Purdue University as the recommending institution.

We recommend that all initial instructional, administrative, and school services candidates wait to apply for their license until after program completion. Licenses are not issued prior to your graduation date.

All original license applicants are required to upload verification of CPR/Heimlich Maneuver/AED certification and Suicide Prevention training as part of the LVIS application process.

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.

Candidates who have a job offer may request a letter of eligibility verifying pending licensure. The letter will be emailed as a PDF, or a hard copy will be mailed, directly to the candidate’s future employer. Please send the request to

For more information about teacher licensing at Purdue.

Teaching Licenses

All candidates for an initial teaching license are required to satisfy the Pearson Content Test(s) and Developmental Pedagogy test requirements prior to licensing. For testing information and study materials, click here. 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.

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

Other Licenses

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 and the Gate C or exit audit has been completed. This can take four to six weeks after your 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.