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Appropriate Majors

It is important that those interested in the Secondary Transition to Teaching Program understand that there is a limited number of college majors appropriate for consideration.

It is not sufficient that an applicant have any bachelor's degree. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in the subject they intend to teach. Thus, the following list of majors is readily applicable to subject areas IU South Bend is allowed to grant licenses:

  • History

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

Applicants with majors in other fields will be expected to meet the portion of the Transition to Teaching law that requires the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in the subject the individual intends to teach. The Secondary Education faculty have determined that this means applicants can show transcript evidence of having taken the same subject area course work that a major in that subject took according to the latest edition of the IU South Bend Campus Bulletin.

Applicants with closely related degrees may need only a few or several courses. For example, someone with a degree in environmental science may be close to the course work necessary for a degree in biology; someone with a degree in actuarial science may be close to the course work necessary for a degree in mathematics.

Those with degree unrelated to licensure areas will find themselves faced with a large number of courses necessary to meet the equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the subject they intend to teach. Most degree requirements number between 30 and 55 credit hours. These interested participants should be prepared to spend at least 1-3 years taking necessary course work to meet the "or the equivalent" portion of the Transition to Teaching law

A note about social studies licensure

In Indiana, there is no longer a "social studies generalist" license. Teachers are licensed in particular subject areas. IU South Bend is allowed to grant licenses in the following social studies areas: history, civics/government, geography, psychology, sociology, and economics. While it is possible to complete the T-to-T program under a major in one of these areas, it is highly unlikely that anyone with only a license in an area outside of history will be successful in finding employment. In addition, it is difficult to secure placement in student teaching for those not seeking history licensure. While completion of the program is possible, participants wishing to do so must understand the difficulties IU South Bend Office of Field Placements and Student Teaching will face in securing suitable placements and the difficulty they face in securing employement upon completion of the program.