Community of Teachers

Community of Teachers

Secondary Initial Licensure Program

Take a highly individualized approach to your education as a secondary teacher.

Community of Teachers (CoT) is a Teacher Education Program (TEP) for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for a career at the secondary level, as well as experienced teachers returning to school to pursue license additions and continuing education.

In this innovative program you’ll work closely with a small cohort of students from a variety of content fields and at different stages in their education, as well as a faculty coordinator.

  • Application Deadline
    FallMar 1Mar 1
    SpringMar 1Mar 1
    SummerNov 1Nov 1
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00 (exceptions may apply)
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • Not required Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Not required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Not required for international students
      • CASA Scores required for all applicants

      Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Financial Aid
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Support Services to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Content Areas

    Secondary Community of Teachers programs prepare you for a single Indiana teaching license that covers both junior high/middle school and high school. Your license will include a specified content field depending on your program of study and any license additions you pursue.

    • Arts Education/Visual Art
    • English Language Arts Education
    • Journalism
    • Mathematics Education
    • Social Studies (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Sociology, World Civilization/History)
    • Special Education Elementary (Graduate)
    • Special Education Secondary (Art, Computer, Foreign Language, Health and Safety, Language Arts/English, Math, Music, Physical Education)
    • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
    • Theatre Education
    • World Languages (French, German, Latin, Russian, Spanish)

Once a week, you’ll meet to explore issues together. This seminar, with its accompanying field experiences, is the cornerstone of the program.

Rather than simply completing required course work, you’ll select your mentor and will work to develop a portfolio of teaching competencies based on national standards.

The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in a middle school or high school classroom. There, you'll manage a class, give lessons, and assess student performance under the guidance of a mentor teacher. You can also take on additional field engagements as early as your second semester (depending on your admission status) through our early field experiences program.

The time it takes to complete the program varies based on your background and teaching experience. To complete the program, you must satisfy the Program Expectations, complete the required course work, and the student teaching.