The length of your initial licensing period depends on the framework under which you were originally licensed. Under the Rules 46-47 licensing framework, licenses are valid for five years. Those who hold professionalized licenses may renew for 10 years.
Under the more recent Rules 2002/REPA framework, initial licenses are valid for two years, and renewal is dependent upon your participation in a mentorship/residency program under the guidance of an experienced Indiana teacher. However, if extenuating circumstances prevent you from taking part in a mentorship program (if you are teaching outside Indiana, or have not yet found a teaching position), you can request a two-year license extension from the state.
We strongly recommend you continue to renew your Indiana teaching license. Even if you are working outside Indiana, or are not currently teaching, you never know where your career will take you. While you may not plan to teach in Indiana, our state’s array of reciprocal agreements with other licensing jurisdictions provides additional flexibility. This will make you eligible for teaching opportunities should you leave the state.
Teaching License Renewal Requirements
For most Indiana teacher licenses, there are two ways to qualify for renewal: college or university course work and/or a professional growth plan approved by a building level administrator, superintendent, supervisor, or director.
If you plan to apply for a renewal based on course work you have taken at Indiana University since your original licensing date, the state will contact us to verify your academic record after you apply.
If you plan to renew your license based on a professional growth plan, work with your supervisor to provide the necessary documentation when you apply for renewal.