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Indianapolis Teaching Fellows provides an accelerated path into teaching for accomplished professionals and recent graduates. It is specifically designed for people without prior experience as a licensed teacher.

To be considered for our program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 1, 2019) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally accredited institution; exceptions are often granted to candidates with at least a 2.50 GPA plus five years of relevant professional experience, or a graduate degree.
  • Meet all legal eligibility requirements to work in the United States.
  • Pass a criminal background check, drug test and TB test.
  • Meet all Indiana state academic and testing requirements for your subject area. 
  • Never have held an Indiana-issued Transition to Teaching permit. Indianapolis Teaching Fellows will consider candidates who have completed or enrolled in another alternative certification program, though please note that you will likely be asked to provide a referral from the dean of your previous school explaining why you did not continue in that program.
  • Never have held a professional teaching certificate from any state; conditional, emergency, substitute and temporary certificates are acceptable. Candidates with some prior education coursework or an education degree are encouraged to apply.
  • Individuals who earned credits from a university outside the U.S. MUST have foreign transcripts evaluated by an approved agency. This process may take a month or more to complete. Learn more

Academic Requirements

In addition to these requirements, we will review your application carefully to ensure that you have the right academic expertise to teach one of the critical-need subjects listed below. Recruiting teachers exclusively for high-demand subjects allows us to provide schools with the teachers they need most, and also makes it easier for Fellows to secure a job. 

The following table outlines required exams by subject area: 

Biology, 6-12
Chemistry, 6-12
Early Childhood Education, PK-2
Elementary Education, 1-6
English, 6-12
English as a Second Language, P-12
Mathematics, 6-12
Science - Middle School
Social Studies, 6-12 (CLOSED FOR 2019)
Spanish, 6-12
Special Education – PK-12*
All Subjects: Developmental Pedagogy Assessments

For more information about available subjects and requirements, visit the Applicant Toolkit. We will provide more detailed guidance about testing deadlines and requirements upon admission to our program. Once admitted, we encourage you to register as early as possible because testing dates are limited and some candidates require multiple attempts to earn a passing score. 

NOTE: Eligibility and academic requirements are established by the Indiana Department of Education and are therefore non-negotiable and subject to change.

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