Teacher Licenses

Basic Steps for an Indiana Teacher Certificate:


New teachers who have just graduated from a certified Indiana teacher program need to apply for an Initial Certificate. You must hold a bachelor's degree and complete a student teacher program. You must also obtain a recommendation from their teaching program. You will need to take and pass a CPR course along with a content knowledge assessment.

Information for Teachers Certified Elsewhere:


If a teacher holds an out-of-state professional certificate or has completed a state-approved educator program and received a recommendation form from another state, then they may be eligible for teacher certification. Specific Indiana requirements may need to be completed based on individual experience and credentials. The Office of Educator Licensing and development will evaluate your credentials and let you know if you have any deficiencies.

Teaching Position Outlook for Indiana :


Their greatest shortages exist in:
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Special Education
The average teacher salary is over $46,591 a year and a beginning teacher makes over $30,844.


FAQ's from the Indiana Department of Education: Renewing an Indiana Teaching License


How to Renew an Educator License?
How to Apply for an Initial Indiana Educator License?
Who Must Participate in IMAP?
My License is from Another State, but I Want to Teach in Indiana. What Do I Do?
What is an Emergency Permit?
How Do I Add Content to My License?


Effective July 1, 2012, applicants for initial licensure of any type and applicants for all renewals must show proof of valid CPR/AED/Heimlich certification. For applications submitted and paid in LVIS on or before June 30, 2012, the old requirement will be honored even though the licenses may not be processed by licensing advisors or OELD staff until July 1, 2012, or after.