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TRANSITION TO TEACHING at IU SOUTH BEND

ABOUT THE TRANSITION TO TEACHING PROGRAM

The Transition to Teaching (T-to-T) Program at IU South Bend is a cohort-based, alternative-route-to-licensure program designed for students with a bachelor's degree who want to become licensed teachers in the state of Indiana. The rigorous, field-based program is appropriate for mid-career changers or recent graduates. To participate in the program, applicants must meet minimum GPA and bachelor's degree requirements as well as additional admission requirements.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The IU South Bend Transition to Teaching Program (T-to-T) offers both an elementary and a secondary cohort. Please refer to the appropriate column.

Due to lack of enrollment, neither a Secondary Education nor Elementary cohort will be run in 2013.  The next opportunity for Transition to Teaching is August 2014 for Elementary and May 2014 for Secondary.  Check this web page for information about the formation of those cohorts.

 

Elementary
No Elementary Program in 2013-14. The next Elementary cohort will be recruited for 2014-2015.
Secondary
No Secondary Program in 2013-14. The next Secondary cohort will be recruited for 2014-2015.
Licensing grades Grades K-6 Grades 5-12
Licensure Area Elementary Generalist
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Foreign Language
    • French
    • Spanish
    • German
  • Social Studies
    • Historical Perspectives
  • Science
    • Life Science
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
Cohort Size 20

20

Cohort Begins Fall semester each year Summer I term each year
Program Length 3 full semesters: Fall, Spring, Fall Summer I, Summer II, Fall, Spring
Credit hours required 24 hours 18 hours
Application Deadline May 15 January 15
Notification of Acceptance June 1 February 1
Financial Aid Available Yes, if eligible. All questions regarding financial aid should be directed to the IU South Bend Office of Financial Aid, ADMIN 157.
Phone:
 (574) 520-4357
Toll free: 1-877-462-4872, Ext 4357
E-Mail: 
sbfinaid@iusb.edu
Yes, if eligible. All questions regarding financial aid should be directed to the IU South Bend Office of Financial Aid, ADMIN 157.
Phone: (574) 520-4357
Toll free: 1-877-462-4872, Ext 4357
E-Mail: sbfinaid@iusb.edu
Minimum Education and GPA Requirements for Admission

Applicants to the Elementary 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.

Applicants to the Secondary 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 Transition to Teaching.

Other admission qualifications
  • Passing scores on Praxis I
    See the ETS web site for details on Praxis I
  • Demonstrate competency in the use of computers (CLEP Test, R503, or equivalent course)
  • Remove any deficiencies as determined by prior assessment of learning experiences.
  • Interview with Elementary Education faculty and representatives.

Passing scores on Praxis I
See the ETS web site for details on Praxis I

Passing scores on the Praxis II content knowledge exam to be admitted to the program. See the ETS web site for details on Praxis II

Field Work Expectation Students will be assigned field work in an elementary school one day per week during the first two semesters (fall and spring). 30 hours of field work in the fall semester. Approximately 3 hours weekly for 10 weeks.
Student Teaching Two 8-week placements in the final semester: 1 early childhood and 1 middle childhood. In the spring semester, 11 weeks of full-time student teaching, 5-days a week, following the regular teacher schedule in your assignment.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

To apply to either the elementary or secondary Transition to Teaching Programs, begin by filling out the online IU application for graduate school here. Please note, there is an application fee of $45.

Technical questions or concerns about the online application process should be directed to Mr. Mike Renfrow in the office of Admissions. He can be reached at (574) 520-4839 or email crenfrow@iusb.edu.

After you've completed the online application process, you must meet with an academic advisor prior to turning in packet. This check list (ELEMENTARY Check List / SECONDARY Check List) will be completed with an advisor and must be included in your complete admissions packet.

Gather the following in anticipation of your meeting with an advisor:

  • Current resume
  • Self Assessment form (Secondary applicants only)
    or
    Disposition Form (Elementary applicants only).
  • If the cumulative GPA in your bachelor's degree is between 2.50 to 2.99, this work verification form of related professional work experience including dates, employers and phone numbers. Secondary applicants to whom this applies: please read this for a definition of professional work experience in the subject the individual intends to teach.
  • Official transcripts from all the colleges and universities other than Indiana University
  • Limited Criminal History Report using this criminal history form. Print out and fill in the blank spaces and send it to the State Police with required fee. Optionally, you can access your criminal history report on-line at On-line Criminal History.
  • Two letters of recommendation (if not completed at the end of the on-line application)

To make an appointment to meet with an advisor, call (574) 520-4845.

In addition to the above materials, you must take and pass the Praxis I exam (all three sections: mathematics, reading, and writing) and arrange to have your scores sent to IU South Bend or submit evidence of meeting minimum standards in mathematics, reading, and writing on alternate assessments established by the Indiana Department of Education.  More information is available here.  Secondary Transition to Teaching candidates must also take and pass the appropriate Praxis II content area exam.  More informaiton on Praxis II is available here.  

Frequently Asked Questions

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE T2T PROGRAM

For general program information:

IU South Bend School of Education Advising Office
Telephone: (574) 520-4845
Email: welcha@iusb.edu (Please include T-to-T in the subject line)

Last Updated: March 26, 2013