How to Apply

Are you passionate about working with children and adolescents? Are you energized by creating environments where learners are engaged and encouraged to achieve? If so, you already possess the most important qualities for a future teacher. At the IU School of Education, we’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in education.

Most incoming freshmen admitted to Indiana University first enter University Division, where they must complete a specific set of requirements if they are interested in being certified into the School of Education and admitted into a Teacher Education Program. For additional information on applying to Indiana University, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

Entering the School of Education involves two steps: certification into the School of Education (usually as a Freshman or Sophomore) and admission into a Teacher Education Program (usually as a Sophomore or Junior). Moving from certification to admission requires that students meet a number of additional criteria.

Step 1: Certification into the School of Education

Students may be certified into the School of Education either as Direct Admit Scholars or by meeting certification requirements while in University Division (UD).

Direct Admit Scholars

A limited number of highly qualified incoming freshmen will be invited to apply for the School of Education Direct Admit Scholars program. Direct Admit Scholars receive the following opportunities:

  • Direct certification into the School of Education as an incoming freshman student
  • Consideration for additional scholarships, including a stipend to student teach through one of our Global Gateway for Teachers programs
  • Invitations to special events
  • Mentoring programs
  • Academic advising through the School of Education

The ideal direct admit candidate is someone who already knows that teaching is his or her professional calling and is eager to begin studies in education. Special consideration will be given to:

  • Students with demonstrated academic ability
  • Students from under-represented populations
  • Students who plan to specialize in high-demand fields, including mathematics, science, and special education

How to Apply: To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education. Students who meet the following qualifications are invited to apply to join the Direct Admit Scholars program:

Certification from University Division

Students should meet with a University Division advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include:

  • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher;
  • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed; and
  • Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)
  • Apply for Certification to the School of Education (under Forms & Publications, select "Intra-Campus Application for Certification to the School of Education")

Step 2: Admission to Teacher Education Programs (TEP)

Teacher Education Program Academic Skills Assessment Requirements

An Academic Skills Assessment is an admission requirement for all teacher education programs in Indiana. The Assessment addresses high school level competencies in reading, writing & mathematics. Students may satisfy the Academic Skills Assessment requirement by using any of the following options:

  • CASA
    • Reading 220, Writing 220, Math 220
  • SAT combined score of at least 1100
    • MA + VE = 1100
  • ACT composite score of at least 24
    • EN + MA+ RE+ SR scores divided by 4 = 24

The tests can be taken with accommodations for learning disabilities or with additional time for those for whom English is not a primary language. Students must pass the tests with accommodations to be considered for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

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The Office of Teacher Education will provide FREE tutoring and test preparation for students who need to complete the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) test for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

General information about TEP Admission Tests and tutoring will be updated periodically and available here.

Program Specific TEP Admission Requirements

After completing further program-specific requirements, students may be admitted to the Teacher Education Programs (TEP). Admission to TEP is competitive; meeting minimum admission requirements is necessary but not always sufficient for admission. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis.

How to Apply to the TEP: Students are required to submit an online application by October 1 to start authorized professional education courses during the spring semester or March 1 to start authorized professional education courses during the fall semester.