Community of Teachers

Community of Teachers

Initial Licensure Program

Choose a self-directed approach to your teacher education.

Community of Teachers (CoT) is a Teacher Education Program (TEP) for students preparing for a career in select subjects at the secondary level or in Special Education at the secondary or elementary level.

This innovative program allows you to work closely with a faculty facilitator and a cohort of students across content fields and at different stages of their education.

To apply to CoT, you must select the ‘Community of Teachers’ program option on the graduate application. If you are already in another graduate program at the School of Education, you must still select and add Community of Teachers to your application.

  • Application Deadline
    FallMay 1Mar 1
    SpringNov 1Mar 1
    SummerApr 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
      • 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
    • Health
    • Journalism
    • Language Arts/English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Special Education
    • Visual Arts
    • World Languages
  • Required Courses

The Three Pillars of CoT


CoT includes a seminar that meets weekly on Tuesday nights. Students collaborate in choosing the readings based around a chosen pedagogical theme. Students lead seminar with support from their faculty facilitator. Part of each class is dedicated to discussion of current topics in field experiences.


Each student in CoT creates a portfolio consisting of 16 expectations based on Indiana’s Ten Principles of Performance and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment Standards Consortium (INTASC) standards. Students gather evidence from their own educational background and their field experience. Students critically reflect on what their evidence means for their practice as a teacher. Completion of the portfolio leads to recommendation for licensure.

Field Experience

Extensive field experience is a cornerstone of CoT. Students choose an experienced teacher to be their mentor in the field. Students work with their mentor 6 hours a week for at least 2 semesters and during student teaching.