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. 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.

Application Deadline

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.

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.

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.


Transition to Teaching Content Areas


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

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By choosing the online TTT option, you will be able to complete your licensure in as little as 15 months or 3 semesters. The online program will typically follow the schedule listed below to accomplish this timeline. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for licensure within the state of Indiana. For other states please talk to one of the program administrators.

  • Summer start: Pedagogy I
  • Fall term: Pedagogy II
  • Spring term: Student Teaching (Face-to-face)

Transition to Teaching Content Areas

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How do I determine if I am eligible for the TTT program?
Eligibility requirements and program descriptions are located here. The next step would be requesting a Transcript Evaluation from the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure.
What are the application requirements?
In addition to the eligibility requirements, students must submit an online application with a statement of purpose, official transcripts from all universities attended, and 3 letters of recommendation (sent to
Is there a deadline for applying?
An application should be submitted with all required documentation by April 1 to guarantee faculty review and, if approved, admission for summer enrollment.
When does the program begin each year?
The first TTT course is EDCI 59300 and is only offered in June. Content courses, if needed, may be taken before EDCI 59300.
Can the program be completed online?
No, Purdue’s TTT program is campus-based and requires attending courses on the West Lafayette campus. Occasionally, there may be an education course that could be taken online.
How long does the program take to complete?
While the graduate education courses consist of 18 credit hours, students are often required to complete additional coursework in their content area. The program will take no less than one calendar year, including two summers.
Will I be eligible for financial aid?
Students can determine eligibility for loans and/or grants by contacting the Division of Financial Aid at Purdue University and by filing the FAFSA.
How much will the program cost?
Cost will vary depending on enrollment status (full-time versus part-time) and residency status. Students can calculate costs at the Office of the Bursar’s site here.
What testing is required?
During the program: The content test 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 range from 10-16 weeks, full-time. 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 a student wishes to obtain a graduate degree along with licensure, it would require 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.

Contact Us

Stephen Smith, M.S.Ed.
Secondary Education Coordinator

Tara Johnson, Ph.D.
Program Convener, Director of English Education & Associate Professor

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