Transition to Teaching Program

Secondary Transition to Teaching

The Transition to Teaching program at IU South Bend provides an accelerated path to teacher licensure in Indiana for individuals with a bachelor’s degree. Our program features evening and online classes designed to increase accessibility for working professionals who wish to become teachers in secondary schools (grades 5-12)! If you are ready to make a positive impact on your community and its youth—we are ready to help.

 

18Credit hours to pursue licensure

1Calendar year to complete the program  

10:1Average student to faculty ratio

Our Program

  • Students earn teacher licensure with 18 credit hours of coursework, which includes field and student teaching experiences.
  • Candidates complete the program in one calendar year!
  • Classes begin in mid-May.

  • In 2019, the Indiana Department of Education has identified teacher shortages in a number of subject areas including Business, Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, World Languages, among others.
  • Many of our students are employed on emergency permits, while they pursue licensure.

  • Classes emphasize theory to practice learning and prioritize real-world applicability of material, so you can continually improve your praxis and serve students to the best of your ability.
  • Many of our Transition to Teaching candidates are employed on emergency permits (EP), while they pursue their teaching license. In many cases, individuals employed on emergency permits can complete their required field experiences, including student teaching, in their EP classrooms. Students who wish to complete field experience requirements through their emergency permit positions should contact the Graduate Advisor and Director of Student Teaching for more information.

John C. Maxwell said: “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

“So, I teach to inspire students to be able to look at me and say, “because of you I didn’t give up.’”

     ~ Kwadwo A. Okrah, Ph.D., Professor & Director of Center for Global Education 

 

 

 

Get to know your faculty

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The courses in the program are a mixture of online and face-to-face/hybrid offerings that allow you to build community with your cohort, while also offering convenience of off-site instruction.

  • You can submit an application at any time prior to March 15! Classes begin in mid-May. The graduate academic advisor will review your application for completion before sending it to faculty for review.

  • Students typically complete the program within one calendar year.

  • Students complete a 30-hour field experience during the Fall semester and complete full-time (11 weeks) student teaching in the Spring. In many cases, individuals employed on emergency permits can complete their required field experiences, including student teaching, in their EP classrooms. Students who wish to complete field experience requirements through their emergency permit positions should contact the Graduate Advisor and Director of Student Teaching for more information.
  • Transition to Teaching candidates who are not employed on an emergency permit will be assigned appropriate field placements by the Office of Student Teaching & Clinical Practice.

If you have questions about field experience, please contact the Director of Student Teaching & Clinical Practice, Michael Harley at mlharley@iusb.edu.

  • Applicants should be aware that field observation and student teaching requirements do require a commitment to being in secondary classrooms for specified amounts of time during the regular school day. It may be possible to complete the program while being employed on an emergency permit in the schools. Students who wish to complete field experience requirements through their emergency permit positions should contact the graduate advisor and Director of Student Teaching for more information.

  • You have questions and we love that! You can contact Steve Gross, the graduate academic advisor, at stevgros@iu.edu with any questions.

Admission requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate program
    • (Indiana University graduates need not send transcript)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Test scores (if applicable)
    • Please review admissions testing information to see what tests you may need to take for admission. For more information, click here.

Submit an application!

All applications are due March 15.

Classes begin in May.

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Step by Step Application Guide

IMPORTANT:

Due to high levels of interest, the deadline to apply has been temporarily extended. Contact edschool@iusb.edu if you would like to submit an application after the March 15 deadline.