Degrees & Programs

Secondary Transition to Teaching

Schools need good teachers now. Become one. If you've earned a bachelor's degree in another field but are considering teaching as a career, we can help you develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to teach at the middle school or high school level.

The Secondary Transition to Teaching program offers innovative practices and reflective teaching skills that prepare you to teach in middle, junior high, or high schools. Through a combination of course work, field experiences, and mentorship support, you will engage in a rich learning experience. You will be immersed in teaching and the culture of your school. This experience not only prepares you for a career in teaching but also connects you to the education community. 

Overview

Secondary Transition to Teaching is a full-time, 18-credit hour certification program that begins in June of each year and runs through the following spring semester. This accelerated teacher education program enables aspiring teachers with bachelor's degrees in certain fields to earn their licensure in just twelve months. The cohort-based program provides a network of colleagues and support as you prepare for your new career. 

When you complete the program, you can become a licensed secondary teacher in one of these content areas: 

  • English
  • Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish)
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
  • Social Studies (Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
  • Theatre Arts

While the program is designed around Indiana licensure requirements, Indiana has reciprocal licensing agreements with many other U.S. states. Learn more about licensing outside Indiana. 

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Courses

All Transition to Teaching candidates will take part in the following courses.

Summer

  • MS500 Integrated Seminar 1 credit 
  • L517 Advanced Study of Content Reading and Literacy 2 credits
  • P510 Psychology in Teaching 3 credits

Fall

  • M500 Integrated Seminar and Field Experience 1 credit
  • S555 Diversity and the Communities of All Learners 3 credits
  • Methods of Teaching (Varies by subject area) 3 credits

Spring

  • M500 Integrated Seminar and Field Experience 1 credit
  • F500 Student Teaching for 10 weeks (1 - 3 credits)
  • H520 Education and Social Issues 3 credits

Master's Degree Options

In addition to pursuing your teaching license, you can also work towards a master's degree. Learn more about the graduate-level degree programs and their respective admissions criteria here. We encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies to discuss your program of interest and how to plan for this educational goal. 

Eligibility
The Secondary Transition to Teaching program is designed to supplement the knowledge you gained as an undergraduate with intensive teacher education. You'll learn the theories and practice of teaching through course work, classroom observation, and a full-time student teaching assignment. As you work directly with educators and students, you can apply what you learn in your courses.
 
To enroll, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA or have earned a graduate degree at a regionally-accredited university. (If you have five years of professional experience in a field related to the subject you will be licensed to teach, you can be admitted to the program with a minimum 2.5 GPA.)
Your undergraduate degree should be in one of the fields below: 
  • English
  • Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish)
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
  • Social Studies (Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
  • Theatre Arts
If you have a bachelor's degree in another field and are interested in becoming a teacher, talk with one of our academic advisors to see if the courses you have taken can be considered the equivalent of a teaching major or if you need to take additional course work in your chosen content area.
 

How to Apply

We accept applications until March 1 for programs beginning the following June. Please note that review of complete applications for this program may begin as early as December, so early application is encouraged. You will need to submit supplemental materials with your online application, including proof of basic skills competency, proof of content area competency, personal statement, official transcripts, resume, and two letters of recommendation. It can take several months to compile all of the materials necessary to complete your application. We encourage you to begin compiling the application materials well in advance of the application deadline. 
 
Domestic students may learn more about admissions criteria and apply to the program
International students may learn more about admissions criteria and apply to the program
Scholarships

The Robert Noyce Scholarship program is committed to increasing the number of teachers with a strong content knowledge in math and science. This National Science Foundation program provides scholarship funds for talented math and science majors who will become teachers in high-need school districts. The program also supports professionals who have earned a bachelor's degree and want to become math or science teachers in a high-need school. 

Learn more about the Robert Noyce Scholarship in Math

Learn more about the Robert Noyce Scholarship in Science 

Financial aid information (loans and work study) is available through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Please note that financial aid availability is not the same for the certification only program as it is for the certification program plus master's degree. 

Contact

For detailed information about Secondary Transition to Teaching, please contact:

Dr. Ben Edmonds, Director 
W.W. Wright Education Building, Rm. 3258
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8162
Email: bcedmond@indiana.edu

Alfreda Clegg, Academic Advisor
W.W. Wright Education Building, Rm. 1070
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8500
Email: alclegg@indiana.edu