Transition to Teaching Program

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 you already have the subject matter expertise and focuses on teaching you how to teach. This 18-credit program supports your development as an effective teacher and provides a pathway for initial licensure in your content area in Indiana.


Program Timeline

Whether you choose the online or residential program, the timeline to completion could be as short as 12 months if you begin in the summer and take, on average, two courses per term. The summer start is necessary for this configuration because the program concludes with your full-time teaching internship, which is only available in fall and spring semesters. Students starting in the fall or spring typically take 18 months to complete program requirements.

Application

The program offers rolling admissions, meaning students can join fall, spring or summer. The application process can take 4-8 weeks after all parts of the application are submitted. Please plan accordingly for the term you would like to begin. Complete the graduate school admissions application.

All required documentation; e.g., official transcripts, recommendation letters, statement of purpose and the Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review (TECR) must be submitted in order for the application to be reviewed for consideration of admission.

Admission Requirements

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.

Online vs. Residential

You will receive the same Purdue quality and qualify for the same Indiana teaching license upon successful completion regardless of which program you choose. However, each program has distinguishing features. Aside from the obvious—the courses for the online program are exclusively online, whereas the residential courses take place face-to-face on the West Lafayette campus—the classes themselves are different. The residential coursework includes more classes that are content specific; for example, if you want to become an English language arts teacher, you’ll take more classes with other prospective English teachers in how to teach English. You will also have a faculty advisor in your content area. The online courses, on the other hand, are not content specific; you’ll learn how to teach in a cohort of prospective teachers across content areas. An advantage of the online program is that we are able to serve a wider array of secondary content areas. The fee structure for both programs is comparable, depending on factors such as full- or part-time status and residency status. See the online and residential tabs for detail about coursework and costs for each program.

Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review

The Transition to Teaching licensure route requires the completion of a transcript evaluation and credential review prior to admission to the TTT program.
*Note: If you have not had any communication regarding your transcript evaluation after two weeks, please follow up with Office of Teacher Education Licensure at licensure@purdue.edu to check the status of your TECR.

Below are the content areas available for residential Transition to Teaching students. Each content area has its own Plan of Study that outlines the 18 credit hours required of that content area. Contact the program coordinator at the top of the Plan of Study in your content area below.

Residential Program Application

Students wanting to participate in the Residential TTT program should first confirm that your content area is offered in the residential format (consult the list below). Follow the instructions on the Residential TTT Graduate Application Instructions and be sure to select the “On-campus/Residential”. Be sure to contact your program coordinator, whose information is located on the program fact sheet.

Residential Transition to Teaching Content Areas

Program Costs
Full-Time (8+ Credit Hours) Fall/Spring
In-State
Out-of-State
General Service
$4,603.90
$4,603.90
Technology Fee
$94.10
$94.10
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee
$161.00
$161.00
Student Fitness and Wellness Fee
$117.00
$117.00
Student Activity Fee
$20.00
$20.00
Nonresident Tuition (Out-of-state)
$9,401.00
Total Semester Cost
$4,996.00
$14,397.00
*Other fees may apply for student teaching and licensure
Part-Time (1-7 Credit Hours) Fall/Spring
In-State
Out-of-State
General Service
$329.05
$329.05
Technology Fee
$7.55
$7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee
$11.25
$11.25
Student Fitness and Wellness Fee
Student Activity Fee
Nonresident Tuition (Out-of-state)
$600.45
Total Semester Cost (variable)
$347.85
$948.30
*Other fees may apply for student teaching and licensure
Full-Time (6+ Credit Hours) Summer
In-State
Out-of-State
General Service
$4,603.90
$4,603.90
Technology Fee
$94.10
$94.10
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee
$161.00
$161.00
Student Fitness and Wellness Fee
$117.00
$117.00
Student Activity Fee
$20.00
$20.00
Nonresident Tuition (Out-of-state)
$9,401.00
Total Semester Cost
$4,996.00
$14,397.00
*Other fees may apply for student teaching and licensure
Part-Time (1-5 Credit Hours) Summer
In-State
Out-of-State
General Service
$329.05
$329.05
Technology Fee
$7.55
$7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee
$11.25
$11.25
Student Fitness and Wellness Fee
Student Activity Fee
Nonresident Tuition (Out-of-state)
$600.45
Total Semester Cost (variable)
$347.85
$948.30
*Other fees may apply for student teaching and licensure *Summer students will be assessed the graduate regular summer approved rates as included in this Student Fee Schedule, and a percentage of the approved differential general service fee based on the following hours: 1-5 hours=25%, 6-9 hours=50%, 10 hours and above=100%

For questions and additional information, students should seek guidance from the Purdue University Office of the Bursar

The Plan of Study for online Transition to Teaching students is as follows. All courses are 3 credits each for a total of 18.

  • EDCI 591: Transition to Teaching: Pedagogy I (first course. May be taken concurrently with EDCI 585 and/or a selective. It is an 8-week course offered in summer and fall terms)
  • EDCI 591: Transition to Teaching: Pedagogy II (16-week capstone methods course; includes a 50-hour field experience)
  • EDCI 585: Multicultural Education (8-week course offered in summer session)
  • Two selectives from Purdue’s online M.Ed. Program in Curriculum & Instruction.* All are 8-week courses offered at various times during summer, fall, and spring sessions. Options:
    • EDCI 53000: English Language Development
    • EDCI 52003: Theories and Trends
    • EDCI 52004: Teachers as Leaders
    • EDCI 56000: Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning
    • EDPS 59100: Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction
    • EDPS 54000: Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children
  • EDCI 695: Teaching Internship (typically the last course. Involves 16 weeks of full-time student teaching. Students are discouraged from taking more than one other course concurrently)
*Note exceptions to the two selectives:
  • Students in Agriculture will take ASEC 54100 Program Planning for School-Based Agricultural Education and another ASEC class (ASEC 64000 Courses of Study in AGED Programs as the default; ASEC 59000 FFA and SAE Coordination as a backup; or forthcoming course ASEC 54200 Leadership and Career Development) in lieu of the two selectives.
  • Students in Family & Consumer Sciences will take EDCI 65200: Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences in lieu of one of the selectives.
  • Students in STEM fields might consider STEM- or math-specific alternatives within the online M.Ed. program with advisor and instructor permission for one or both of the selectives.

Online Program Application

Students wanting to participate in the Online TTT program should first confirm that your content area is offered in an online format (consult the list below). Follow the instructions on the Online TTT Graduate Application Instructions and be sure to select the “Online/Distance”.

Online Transition to Teaching Content Areas

The online TTT content areas available are:

  • Business Education (5-12)
  • Career and Technical Education:
    • Agriculture (5-12)
    • Business Information and Technology (5-12)
    • Family and Consumer Sciences (5-12)
    • Health Science Education (5-12)
    • Marketing (5-12)
    • Trade and Industrial Education (5-12)
  • Computer Education (5-12)
  • Fine Arts:
    • Instrumental and General Music (5-12)
    • Theatre Arts (5-12)
    • Vocal and General Music (5-12)
  • Health Education (5-12)
  • Journalism (5-12)
  • Language Arts (including speech) (5-12)
  • Mathematics (5-12)
  • Physical Education (5-12)
  • Science Education:
    • Chemistry (5-12)
    • Earth/Space Science (5-12)
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
    • Physics (5-12)
  • Social Studies:
    • Economics (5-12)
    • Geographical Perspectives
    • Government and Citizenship (5-12)
    • Historical Perspectives (5-12)
    • Psychology (5-12)
    • Sociology (5-12)
  • World Languages:
    • Arabic (5-12)
    • American Sign Language
    • Chinese (5-12)
    • French (5-12)
    • German (5-12)
    • Italian (5-12)
    • Japanese (5-12)
    • Korean (5-12)
    • Latin (5-12)
    • Russian (5-12)
    • Spanish (5-12)
    • Other (5-12)
Program Costs
Current Tuition Rates and Fees *
In-State
Out-of-State
Tuition Rate
$356.20
$556.20
Technology Fee
$7.55
$7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee
$11.25
$11.25
Digital Education (Purdue Online) Fee
$50.00
$50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour
$425.00
$625.00
Total Credit Hours
18
18
Total Program Cost
$7,650.00
$11,250.00
*Tuition and fees are charges on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increase. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

How do I determine if I am eligible for the TTT program?
Eligibility requirements and program descriptions are located here. After review, the next step is to request a Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review (TECR) from the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure.

What are the application requirements?
In addition to the eligibility requirements and requesting a TECR, individuals must submit an application, including a statement of purpose, official transcripts from all universities attended, and 3 letters of recommendation:
Residential program: https://gradapply.purdue.edu/apply/
Contact: education-gradoffice@purdue.edu

Online program: https://gradapply.purdue.edu/apply/
Contact: transitiontoteaching@purdue.edu

Is there a deadline for applying?
Residential program: An application should be submitted with all required documentation by April 1 to guarantee faculty review and, if approved, admission for summer enrollment.

Online program: Applications and required documentation can be submitted at any time.

When does the program begin each year?
Residential program: The first TTT course is offered in June. Content courses, if needed, may be taken at any time the courses are offered.

Online program: Courses are offered in summer, fall, and spring.

Can the program be completed online?
Residential program: Some courses are offered online. This program is primarily campus-based and requires attending courses on the West Lafayette, Indiana campus.

Online program: This program is offered entirely online, except for field experience and internship. The program includes course work in teaching methods, diverse learners, plus a fifty (50) hour field experience, and a student teaching experience (internship).

How long does the program take to complete?
While the graduate education courses consist of 18 credit hours, individuals may complete additional coursework in their content area. The program will take no less than one calendar year, including one summer.

What Grade Level 5-12 content areas are available?
Residential program:

  • Career and Technical Education: Agricultural Education
  • Career and Technical Education: Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Engineering/Technology Education
  • Fine Arts: Visual Arts
  • Language Arts Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education (Chemistry)
  • Science Education (Earth/Space Sciences)
  • Science Education (Life Sciences – Biology)
  • Science Education (Physics)
  • Social Studies Education
  • Visual Arts Education

Online program:
All licensure Grade Levels 5-12 content areas except Fine Arts: Visual Arts and Engineering Technology Education.
Content areas available are:

  • Business Education
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE): Agriculture
  • CTE: Business Education and Technology
  • CTE: Family and Consumer Sciences
  • CTE: Health Science Education
  • CTE: Marketing
  • CTE: Trade and Industrial Education
  • Computer Science Education
  • Fine Arts:
    • Instrumental and General Music
    • Theater Arts
    • Vocal and General Music
  • Health Education
  • Journalism
  • Language Arts (including speech)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Sciences
  • Life Science (Biology)
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Social Studies:
    • Economics
    • Geographical Perspectives
    • Government and Citizenship
    • Historical Perspectives
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • World Languages:
    • Arabic
    • American Sign Language
    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Russian
    • Spanish

May I pursue or be licensed in more than one content area within the TTT program?
The Purdue TTT Program is for Secondary Education (Grades 5-12) teachers and is designed for one content area. After selecting your content focus, you may add additional content areas to your INDIANA license via exam. Some subject areas require coursework including High Ability, English Language Learners, Special Education, Elementary Education, and others. Consult a Purdue University licensing advisor (licensure@purdue.edu) and/or the individualized TECR for more information.

When I complete the TTT program am I able to obtain a teaching license in a state other than Indiana?
The Transition to Teaching Program (TTT) is an alternative licensure program that is approved solely by the State of Indiana. Upon successful completion of the TTT program and licensure requirements an Indiana Initial Instructional License (2 Year) will be granted by the State of Indiana.

Indiana has unique reciprocity agreements with each of the remaining 49 states and US territories. Each agreement varies and is subject to change without prior notice. Since the TTT program is an “alternative” pathway to licensure intended for Indiana educators, there is no guarantee that this program or the Indiana license resulting from this program will be accepted in every state. At a minimum, one can expect a careful review, additional testing, and further requirements specific to that state.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to research and comprehend the reciprocal licensure requirements of the targeted state before entering this program. For additional information contact licensure@purdue.edu and/or www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate for an overview of reciprocity agreements and contact information for individual state departments of education.

Will I be eligible for financial aid?
Individuals can determine eligibility for loans and/or grants by contacting the Division of Financial Aid at Purdue University and by filing the FAFSA.

Federal financial aid is available for many programs and is available to those who qualify. Financial aid awards vary depending on individual student eligibility and need. Please visit the Financial Aid page for details.

How much will the program cost?
Residential program: Cost will vary depending on enrollment status (full-time versus part-time) and residency status. Fees can be found on the Bursar website.

Online program: The Online program is at a slightly higher rate but includes the costs of the Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review, and the fees for a professional assessment (edTPA). Online fees can be found on the Bursar website.

What testing is required?
Prior to program admission: Some individuals may be required to take the content test prior to program admission. See item #1 for further details. During the program: The content test(s) must be taken prior to the student teaching internship. Prior to licensure: Passing scores on the content and pedagogy tests are required.

What is the student teaching internship experience like?
The length of the student teaching experience will vary by program and must be approved in advance. It will be full time and range from 10-16 weeks for the residential program, depending upon the content area, and 16 weeks for the online program. Those individuals who are on emergency permits, transition to teaching permits, or any other permits must have permission from the building principal to use their current assignment as a student teaching placement.

Does the program result in a Master’s degree?
No. If an individual wishes to obtain a graduate degree along with licensure, it requires an additional application and completion of at least 30 credit hours total. Some courses taken for the TTT program may count toward a master’s degree with the consent of your faculty advisor/chair. Master’s degrees are available in both the online and residential format.

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 licensure@purdue.edu 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 licensure@purdue.edu.

Visit this page to view the Licensure Program Agreement

Contact Us

Stephen Smith, M.S.Ed.
Secondary Education Coordinator
Email: transitiontoteaching@purdue.edu

Tara Star Johnson, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, English Education & Transition to Teaching Programs
Email: transitiontoteaching@purdue.edu

Office of Teacher Education and Licensure
Email: licensure@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2345

The Office of Teacher Education and Licensure is located on the third floor of Beering Hall (BRNG 3229).

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