Skip to main site navigation
Skip to main content
Switch to text-only view
Switch to default view

Transition to Teaching

Take an Alternate Route to Teacher Licensure in Indiana

IU South Bend offers the Transition to Teaching program as a way for mid-career professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education to become licensed to teach in Indiana. For instance, if students graduated from college with a degree in biology or math, they could complete the Transition to Teaching program and gain teacher certification. The program is also a way for qualified recent bachelor’s graduates to enter the teaching field.

  • Take classes that are conveniently available during the summer and on weekday evenings.
  • Complete the teacher certification program for your choice of either grades K-6 or 6-12.
  • Attend classes as part of a cohort limited to no more than 20 students to encourage the development of close relationships and camaraderie within the group.
  • Complete the Transition to Teaching program in 1-1½ years.

 Learn more about the School of Education

Learn more about Transition to Teaching at IU South Bend

 Teacher Certification program highlights:

  • Complete a program that is approved to recommend teacher licensure in the following content areas
    • Mathematics
    • English
    • Foreign language (French, Spanish, German)
    • Social Studies (historical perspectives and/or government and citizenship,)
    • Science (biology, physics, or chemistry)
    • Elementary education
  • Student teach in a classroom as part of your program requirements:
    • Two 8-week placements for elementary teacher licensure program
    • One 11-week placement for secondary teacher licensure program
  • Complete the program in just 18 credit hours for secondary education teacher licensure and 24 credit hours for elementary education teacher licensure.
  • Complete fieldwork in an elementary school one day per week during the first two semesters (elementary education) or in a middle/junior high or high school for 3 hours per week for 10 weeks (secondary education) in the fall semester.

Engaging Transition to Teaching courses you may take:

Integration of Students With Exceptional Learning Needs – Gain basic information and methods for integrating students with exceptionalities into general education classrooms, including those at-risk for having or who have disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, and those who are gifted and talented. Includes strategies for working with students in general education settings, for identifying and referring students when they cannot succeed in the general education classroom, and for teaching students self-advocacy skills.

Integrated Professional Seminar – Encourage collaboration among school-based mentors, university-based instructors and T2T candidates to offer academic content appropriate to the program. The seminar provides a technology-rich and performance-based professional experience.

Adolescent Development and Classroom Management – Focus on discipline approaches appropriate for middle and high school through an understanding of adolescents. Analyze cognitive and moral development, puberty, environmental and cultural issues, family and peer relationships, identity formation, and social and personal problems. Provides tools to diagnose students’ behaviors and to establish learning climate.

 Click here to learn more about IU South Bend’s transition to teaching program of study

Career Outlook for K-12 Teachers

Job opportunities for teachers vary by region, grade and subject taught. Prospects for employment as a teacher are generally best in urban and rural areas, rather than in suburban regions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers can anticipate growth in job opportunities through 2018 as follows:

Kindergarten                   15 percent growth
Elementary                     16 percent growth
Middle school                  15 percent growth
Secondary education         9 percent growth

For more information, go to http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos318.htm#outlook.

Transition to Teaching Admissions Requirements

Program Qualifications

Applicants to the Secondary Education Transition to Teaching Program must meet one of the following:

  1. a baccalaureate degree in the subject the individual intends to teach with a grade point average of at least 3.000, both in the major content area and overall
  2. a graduate degree in the subject the individual intends to teach
  3. Both a baccalaureate degree in the subject the individual intends to teach with a grade point average of at least 2.500, both in the major and overall, and five (5) years of professional experience in the subject the individual intends to teach. 
  • The bachelor's degree MUST be in the subject the individual intends to teach or the applicant must provide transcript evidence of coursework equal to a major in the subject area.
  • If your bachelor's degree GPA is 2.499 or below, you do not qualify for Transition to Teaching.
  • If your bachelor's degree GPA is between 2.50 and 2.999, but you do not have 5 years professional experience, you do not qualify for the Secondary Education Transition to Teaching Program.

Applicants to the Elementary Education Transition to Teaching Program must meet one of the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.000, both in the major and overall; or
  2. Both a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 2.500, both in the major and overall and five (5) years of professional experience working with children
  • If your bachelor's degree GPA is 2.499 or below, you do not qualify for Transition to Teaching.
  • If your bachelor's degree GPA is between 2.50 and 2.999, but you do not have 5 years professional experience working with children, you do not qualify for the Elementary Education Transition to Teaching Program.