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Dates & Details

Upcoming Events

Join us for upcoming info sessions, education conversations, and weekly office hours.

Key dates

  • Prioritizing Teacher Wellness: Self-Care

Prioritizing Teacher Wellness: Self-Care

Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7 pm EST

Teaching is incredibly rewarding, and it consistently demands a lot of time, energy, and effort. For this reason, it is essential that teachers, and those who are considering the teaching profession, are equipped with the knowledge and skills around self-care. Before teachers can pour into their students, they must consistently pour into their own social-emotional health. Join us for our inaugural “Fireside Chats” series that will launch Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm. To kick this series off, we will have experts from the field joining to discuss Prioritizing Teacher Wellness: Self-Care.

Our two panelists are no strangers to the classroom. They possess decades of experience working in schools and will speak directly to some ways in which future teachers can be best prepared for the rigors of teaching. They will speak from the perspective of school leader and teacher on strategies to promote social-emotional wellness in the classroom. 

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Eligibility

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

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for our program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 1 of the year you are enrolling) 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.
  • 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 but will likely be asked to provide a referral from the dean of your previous school.
  • Not currently hold a professional teaching certificate from any state; conditional, emergency, substitute, and temporary certificates, and licenses expired for 3 or more years are acceptable.

Finances

Key dates

  • Approximate Timeline of First Paycheck

  • First Marian University Tuition Payment Due

Program Costs

Tuition and Fees

You are responsible for Marian University tuition and fees, which totaled approximately $12,690 for the two-year program during the 2022-23 school year. However, you may be eligible to enroll with our TNTP AmeriCorps program and receive two consecutive education awards of $6,345 and totaling $12,700. If you do not enroll with TNTP AmeriCorps, tuition is due at the beginning of each semester. If you are interested in pursuing a payment plan or loan, you must do so independently, as eligibility varies. If you have questions about Financial Aid, you should contact the Financial Aid Office at Marian University once you are enrolled. We strongly recommend all Fellows apply for FAFSA after they enter the program. 

Certification and District Hiring Costs

You are responsible for all costs associated with certification through the Indiana Department of Education, including fees for any required examinations and certification filing fees. In addition, Indiana requires all teachers to earn CPR certification and complete a suicide prevention training course (both must be from an IDOE approved provider). The state of Indiana does not require fingerprints for teachers, though you will be fingerprinted through either our university partner or summer school partner. Additionally, individual schools may request fingerprints as a part of their hiring process. You are responsible for costs associated with state or school hiring requirements. Altogether, these fees typically range between $300-$600.

Expense Summary

Please refer to our detailed expense summary below for a comprehensive overview of costs associated with pre-service training, Marian University, licensure, and district hiring.

Note: All of the costs below are based on the current school year and are subject to annual increases.

Category Expense Details
Pre-service training $100 for summer school classroom materials plus meals/transportation for PST (varies per person) Intensive summer training to prepare you for your first day in the classroom. You may have the opportunity to room and board at Marian University, covering meals with a student loan over the summer.
Marian University tuition $12,450 over two years Tuition to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education in Special Education degree from Marian University. First payment is deferred and due in June 2024. Fellows who enroll in our TNTP AmeriCorps program, payments are deferred until June following your first and second years of teaching.
Laptop for PST and Marian University classes $300-$1000 A laptop is required for the start of PST. Once you are enrolled at Marian, you can receive a student discount on select brands.
Undergraduate/graduate degree transcripts Varies Required to obtain an Indiana Department of Education Transition to Teaching Certificate. You must order your transcripts once for enrollment at Marian University in the spring.
Fingerprinting fee $50-$100 per fingerprinting Marian University requires a background check with fingerprinting for each teacher entering the Transition to Teaching program. Individual schools will also request fingerprinting as part of the hiring process. Any Fellows desiring to enroll in AmeriCorps as part of Teaching Fellows will also complete at least 1, potentially 2 Federal background checks in late summer. Plan for three to four fingerprinting fees.
Testing

ACT: $60
SAT: $46
Praxis: $100-$200

No additional testing is required to enter the program. You will be expected to submit any SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis I score reports, and all scores will be considered for entry to Marian. In your second year of teaching, you’ll take at least two licensing exams with Praxis Education. Estimates for Praxis exams are costs per test. Some testing centers also charge a seat fee up to $50.
Transition to Teaching (T2T) application fee $35 Paid at the end of the summer.
Additional certifications (CPR & suicide prevention) Varies; about $45 total Required for certification.
Average salary $45,000 - 50,400 Most Fellows will receive their first paycheck two weeks into the school year in August.
Median rent $800/month Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing for pre-service training and the school year. You may have the opportunity to room and board at Marian University, covering some meals and housing with a student loan over the summer.

Funding Opportunities

There are many external resources that can help you manage the financial transition. We have listed a few below. (Note that, aside from AmeriCorps and the BEEC, TNTP Teaching Fellows does not specifically endorse any of these options. They are presented as suggestions for further research.)

TNTP Americorps

As an Indianapolis Teaching Fellow, you may be eligible to enroll in the TNTP AmeriCorps Program. AmeriCorps is a national network of service programs that connects more than 100,000 Americans each year to serve our country’s most critical needs in areas including environmental issues, disaster relief and education.

Upon successfully completing their first year and second years of teaching in a high-need school, Fellows enrolled in the TNTP AmeriCorps Program are eligible for several financial benefits:

  • Two education awards of up to $6,345 and totaling $12,700.  AmeriCorps awards can be used for repayment of federal student loans and/or for future educational costs at schools that accept federal financial aid. Indianapolis Teaching Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply the awards to their tuition at Marian University, as the University offers the Masters in the Art of Teaching program at a significantly reduced cost.
  • Postponement of federal student loans repayment.  As an AmeriCorps member, you may be eligible to pause repayment of any outstanding federal student loans. That means you would not have to make any federal student loan payments during your year of service, and after successfully completing the year, AmeriCorps would repay any interest accrued during that time. Note that tuition and loan deferment is based on enrollment in TNTP Americorps.

In addition to these financial benefits, AmeriCorps members receive special training that prepares them to incorporate service learning and volunteerism into their teaching, including opportunities to participate in special activities such as AmeriCorps Week and the Martin Luther King Day of Service in their local communities.

Participation in AmeriCorps is dependent on federal funding and the award size is subject to change annually. As a result, candidates will be notified as soon as eligibility is determined, most likely at pre-service training.

Black Educator Excellence Cohort (BEEC)

Through a partnership with a national foundation, the Black Educator Excellence Cohort (BEEC) supports new Black enrollees in transitioning to the classroom. The BEEC provides additional resources and support, including stipends to help offset living expenses, testing fees and tuition. Support is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.

Black Educator Excellence Cohort

Loans & Grants

Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (TLFP)

To qualify for loan forgiveness for a federal loan, you must work for five consecutive years in a qualifying Title I school. You also must meet the standard to be considered as “highly qualified” for all five years of service (through degree and required teacher tests). You must not have an outstanding balance on direct loans or FFEL loans as of October 1, 1998, or you must have obtained those loans after October 1, 1998. You cannot be in default on a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, unless you have made “satisfactory repayments.” The loan for which you are seeking forgiveness must have been made within the five years of teaching. All secondary math, secondary science and special education teachers are eligible for up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness. All other teachers are eligible for up to $5,000.

Qualifying Loans: Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans

Loan Consolidation

A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (or combine) multiple federal education loans into one loan. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments. A Direct Consolidation Loan for federal loans has a fixed interest rate based on the weighted average of the loans being consolidated.

In order to qualify, you must have at least one Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan that is in a grace period or in repayment. If you want to consolidate a defaulted loan, you must either make satisfactory repayment arrangements on the loan with your current loan servicer before you consolidate, or you must agree to repay your new Direct Consolidation Loan under the Income-Based Repayment Plan, Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan, or Income-Contingent Repayment Plan.

Repayment plans can range from 10 to 30 years, based on the amount being consolidated, other education debt and the selected repayment plan. Repayment can begin in 60 days or sooner.

Eligible Loan Types:

  • Direct Subsidized Loans
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans
  • PLUS loans from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program
  • Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS)
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Nursing Loans
  • Health Education Assistance Loans

To learn more about loan consolidation and to apply, visit the Direct Consolidations Loan website or the Student Loans website.

Short-Term Healthcare

You may require short-term health care as you transition out of school or your current job. When choosing your short-term health care, be sure to inquire if your plan meets Minimum Essential Coverage requirements. If not, you may be required to pay a tax penalty.

Affordable Health Care
Though this is not considered short-term health care, you may enroll in a plan now and update or cancel the care once you are hired as a full-time teacher. Contact a healthcare.gov representative (1-800-318-2596) and report this “life event.” Coverage varies by state, and a variety of plans are available. While open enrollment is closed for 2014, visit www.healthcare.gov to see if you qualify for “Special Enrollment.”

eHealth
A variety of plans are available. You can arrange to pay on a monthly basis, and select a six-month or 11-month plan. You may also select to pay up front for a 30-day or one-month plan. Prices range from $35 to more than $100 per month, depending on the individual. Coverage begins the very next day when enrolling in this plan.

Sallie Mae

This plan offers coverage with a maximum of six to 11 months. It offers a $50 co-pay for urgent care with multiple plan options.

COBRA
If you are leaving a job that provided health insurance, you may want to enroll in COBRA. This would allow the previous health insurance to remain in effect for up to 18 months after employment is terminated. COBRA is typically a more expensive option, usually costing several hundred per month.

Temporarily Add-on to a Family Member’s Plan

Another option could always be to add on to the insurance of a family member or significant other. If you are 26 or under, you are eligible to be covered under a parent’s insurance plan. Rules regarding family and significant others vary by insurance policy.

Personal Loans

There are many options for personal loans. These are loans from banks or another source that have a fixed payment schedule and can be used to fund anything desired, including living costs, health care or education costs. You are given a lump sum of money up front, and you will be required to make monthly payments. Eligibility requirements vary by provider, but most also require a credit check.

Personal loan providers:

SoFi
Lending Tree
Wells Fargo
TD Bank 
USAA

Home Equity Loans

Through a home equity loan you may borrow a lump sum of money and use home ownership as collateral. A credit check is required, and most lenders require moderate to good credit ratings. Home equity loans tend to have lower interest rates than many other loans. Also, interest rates can be fixed, so there is no need to worry about increases. These loans allow flexibility for spending and they can be used in any way in which the borrower chooses.

Research where you can find the best rates on home equity loans in your area at Lending Tree or Bankrate.com. These companies will compare rates at banks in your area, and you can select the lowest rate.

Grants and Crowdfunding

The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation’s $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant can be used to pay for an individual Fellow’s professional development programs, like TNTP Academy. Grants are only available to Fellows who will not receive a master’s degree. Deadlines for grant applications are February 1, June 1 and October 1. Fellows must independently complete their grant application.

Go Fund Me
Ask your community to help you make the transition. Some of our Fellows have used crowdfunding on platforms such as Go Fund Me, a personal fundraising site to “crowd-source” personal expenses. You set up the page and friends and family make small donations on a secure site. The money you raise is deposited directly into your bank account. Go Fund Me charges 7.9 percent of your total donation + $0.30.

Amazon Wish Lists
Create a wish list on Amazon.com and send it out to family, friends, former colleagues, and professional networks. This is a great way to start setting up a classroom reading library, or getting basic supplies like Expo markers, poster paper or cleaning supplies.

DonorsChoose.org
Once you enter the classroom, Donors Choose is a way to “crowd-source” funding for classroom projects and expenses. You are able to post projects for your classroom and individuals can donate. Projects can range from paper and pencils to iPads and projectors. Materials are shipped directly to your school. Any donations made are tax deductible. There is no cost to donors or teachers.

Applying

Key dates

  • Priority Deadline

Choosing Your Subject Area

We recruit for high demand subject areas. This allows us to provide partner schools with the teachers they need the most and also provides more options for you to find a teaching job.

Subject Grades Details Test Requirements
Biology 5-12 Many partner schools serve students in grades 6-12, so Fellows often teach both middle (Life Sciences) and high school (Biology). Requirements: Undergraduate degree in Biology or Life Sciences or passing Content Knowledge scores. Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) *Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST. *Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.
Chemistry 5-12 Many partner schools serve students in grades 6-12, so Fellows often teach both middle (Life Sciences) and high school (Chemistry or Biology). Requirements: Chemistry related undergraduate major or passing Content Knowledge scores. Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) *Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST. *Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.
Early Childhood Education PK-2 Fellows teach any combination of English, math, science and social studies to our youngest students. Early Childhood Assessment (5026). Passing scores for both subsets are required. Exam must be passed within the first two years of teaching.
Elementary, K-6 K-6 Fellows teach any combination of English, math, science and social studies. Elementary Education Assessment (5006). Passing scores for both subsets are required. Exam must be passed within the first two years of teaching.
English 5-12 Fellows are eligible to teach English Language Arts and journalism. Requirements: English related undergraduate major or passing Content Knowledge scores. Language Arts - English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) *Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST. *Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.
English as a Second Language K-12 Fellows earn certification in ESL. Fellows may work with a co-teacher, teach a small group of students, manage a full load of ESL specific classes, or teach in a combination of these settings. English as a New Language - English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362) Exam must be passed within the first two years of teaching.
Mathematics 5-12 Math is the highest-need subject area; school leaders are often still seeking math teachers even after all Fellows have been hired. Fellows are eligible to teach middle school math, algebra, geometry, calculus and business math. Most Fellows teach entry-level math. Many partner schools serve students in grades 6-12, so Fellows often teach both middle and high school math. Requirements: Math related undergraduate major or passing Content Knowledge scores. Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5165) *Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST. *Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.
Spanish K-12 Fellows teach Spanish as a foreign language, often at the high school level. Requirements: Major in Spanish Spanish: World Language (5195) Exam must be taken during the first two years of teaching.
Special Education K-12 Indianapolis Public Schools has a strong need for special education educators. Fellows earn certification in Special Education in Secondary Settings (grades 5-12)*. Special Education Fellows teach students with mild to moderate disabilities. That is, their students are learning the same content as their grade-level peers in a general education setting. Fellows may work with a co-teacher, have a small group of students they work with, or teach in a combination of these settings. Requirements: *Passing scores for Content Knowledge exam within two years *Must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA OR *Must have a 2.5 undergraduate GPA with 5 years of professional experience No exceptions will be made for the above requirements - by law in Indiana, Special Education Teachers on a T2T must meet one of the above requirements.

Mild Intervention - Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543) Exam must be passed within the first two years of teaching.

*Enrollees may dual certify in another secondary content area of their choosing by passing the applicable content exam. Dual certification between Special Education and/or ESL and/or Elementary must be approved by Marian University, and requires additional coursework during the program including a potential additional semester.

Application

The first step in the application process is to submit an online application. On the application you will indicate your program and subject area preferences and share basic information about your background and experiences. We ask several questions about your college education, such as GPA and credit hours, so you might find it helpful to have your transcripts available. You will also respond to four hypothetical scenarios that a first-year teacher might experience. We’re not looking for a right answer so don’t sweat it! We don’t expect candidates to have in-depth knowledge of education issues or teaching strategies when applying; that is why we have a rigorous training program. Simply draw on your critical thinking and other transferable skills to briefly explain how you might approach the situation. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and we’re looking for the same in our Fellows. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early to increase your chance of admission to your first-choice program and subject area. You will receive a response to your application approximately two to three weeks after submission.

Tips for a Strong Application

Interview

Based on your written application, you may be invited to the next step of the selection process: the recorded interview. You’ll have the option of recording a video or audio interview – whichever is easier for you! Through our flexible interview process you can submit your interview at any time, day or night, when it is most convenient for you. No scheduling is required! The interview will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete, including set-up, practice, and tech check time.

During your interview, you will respond to several questions asking you to apply your skills to the classroom. Our hope is that these scenarios help you understand more about being a Fellow and a teacher and give you an opportunity to show how your talents might shine in the classroom. As with the application, we are not looking for specific right answers. We are looking for how you apply your critical thinking skills, how you approach your personal learning and your commitment to educational equity.

You will receive a response to your interview approximately two to three weeks after completion.

Preparing for Your Interview

Enrolling

Key dates

  • Early Bird Enrollment

Receive an Offer to Enroll

Once you successfully complete the selection process, you’ll receive an official offer to enroll. Offers are extended on a rolling basis. You will need to complete a few tasks to formally enroll, such as uploading unofficial transcripts and submitting an application to Marian University. After you complete your tasks and accept your offer, you will connect with your assigned program staff to begin preparing for summer training.

Prepare for Required Exams

Once enrolled, you’ll receive guidance on completing mandatory state exams in your subject area, which you must pass before training starts. Test dates are limited and the exams may be challenging to pass. We encourage you to register and complete your required exams as early as possible.

You may be eligible to waive the Praxis Core by submitting qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT or other qualifying exams.

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Indianapolis Teaching Fellows Testing Requirements Passing test scores are not required for admission to Indianapolis Teaching Fellows. However, you will be expected to submit any SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis I score reports, and all scores will be considered for entry to Marian University. If a candidate does not have one of these scores to send to Marian, they will be required to take and submit one of the above tests. Some Fellows may be asked to take additional exams for licensure - more information is included below in the Content Exam section. After enrolling and during your second year of teaching, you’ll take at least two licensing exams with ETS Praxis Education. Estimates for Praxis exams are costs per test. Some testing centers also charge a seat fee up to $50.
Praxis Content Area Assessments

Enrollees teaching in a content area that aligns with their undergraduate degree will not be required to take a Praxis Content Area Assessment prior to admission.

Enrollees teaching in a content area different than their undergraduate degree will be required to take the Praxis Content Area Assessment in their content area. This applies to enrollees who want to teach a secondary content area outside of their bachelor’s degree, and occasionally to enrollees based on transcript assessments performed by Marian University staff. 

All candidates should visit the ETS Praxis website to learn about testing requirements for Indiana. Find your certification on the website to determine which Praxis® test you need to take and see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title.  When you register for the Praxis test, please make sure that you list Marian University as an official test score recipient.

While the Praxis Content Area Assessments are not required prior to admission to the program, for candidates with a degree in their teaching subject area, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows will be required to take and pass these exams during their first two years of teaching, in order to receive their Initial Practitioner’s Teaching license. We, therefore, recommend that enrollees test early and often, even though the exams are not necessarily required for admission for everyone.

Please note that Praxis offers the following tests for educator certification: Content Area Assessments and Principles of Learning and Teaching exams (PLT). Fellows are only required to take the appropriate Content Area Assessments. Please do NOT register for a Principles of Learning and Teaching exam at this time. You will take the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam after your first year of teaching.

Praxis Subject Area Content Knowledge Exams

Enrollees teaching in a content area different from their undergraduate degree will be required to take the Praxis Content Area Assessment in their content area. This applies to enrollees who want to teach a secondary content area outside of their bachelor’s degree, and occasionally to enrollees based on transcript assessments performed by Marian University staff.

Biology / Life Sciences

Biology Content Knowledge (5235)

*Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST.

*Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.

Chemistry

Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)

*Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST.

*Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Assessment (5026)

The 5026 is comprised of two subset exams; Early Childhood: Reading & Language Arts and Social Studies (5027) and Early Childhood: Mathematics and Science (5028). You can register for the 5026 and sit for both or take the 5027 and 5028 separately. Passing scores for both subsets are required, we strongly suggest registering for the 5026.

Must be passed within first two years.

Elementary Education

Elementary Education Assessment (5006)

The 5006 is comprised of two subset exams; Elementary Education Assessment: Reading and Language Arts & Social Studies (5007) and Elementary Education Assessment: Mathematics and Science (5008). You can register for the 5006 and sit for both subsets at the same time or take the 5007 and 5008 separately. Passing scores for both subsets are required, we strongly suggest registering for the 5006.

Must be passed within first two years.

English

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)

*Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST.

*Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.

English as a Second Language

English to Speakers of Other Lanaguages (5362)

Must be passed within first two years.

Mathematics

Mathematics (5165)

*Enrollees without an applicable major must pass this prior to the start of PST.

*Enrollees with an applicable major must pass this during their first two years of teaching.

Spanish

Spanish: World Language (5195) 

Exam must be taken during the first two years of teaching

Special Education

Special Education; Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543)

Exam must be taken during the first two years teaching

Please note Fellows are not required to take the Content Area Assessments and Principles of Learning and Teaching exams (PLT) at this time. Fellows are only required to take the appropriate Content Area Assessments. Please do NOT register for a Principles of Learning and Teaching exam at this time. You will take the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam after your first year of teaching.

Tips and Resources

If you are interested in teaching a secondary content area that is different from your undergraduate degree area, here are some tips and resources to support you in passing any necessary exams. Once you enroll, you'll also have access to the 2023 Cohort Website and our local ITF staff, who will provide you with further information about which tests you should take.

Know what test you need to take.

Review your offer letter and the Praxis to determine which test(s) you are required to take and by what date.

Understand what information is covered on your test.            

Visit the Praxis preparation page to learn what resources are available for your test.

Complete Enrollment Coursework

Before pre-service training (PST), you will build your foundational knowledge about the teaching profession through online coursework. You will complete self-guided enrollment modules, which include reading, videos, guided reflection, and an assessment at the end.

Training

Key dates

  • Training Begins Late May

  • Training Ends Early July

Pre-Service Training

You’ll begin your commitment with a rigorous six-week pre-service training program centered on field experience. You will study proven teaching techniques and begin to develop the in-depth content knowledge that great teachers use every day to advance student learning. You can expect to practice these techniques intensively, both with peers and with real students in summer school classrooms. Rather than overwhelming you with training that is a mile wide but an inch deep, we focus first on deeply understanding ourselves as individuals and leaders who will be teaching students that may or may not have cultural values and beliefs that are different than our own, then move to ensure each Fellows’ mastery of four foundational teaching skills before shifting to more advanced practices.

There are three main elements to summer training:

  • Skill Building Sessions – During skill building sessions, program instructors teach foundational skills such as lesson planning and delivery, classroom management techniques and content specific strategies.
  • Field Experience – Field experience is time spent teaching in a summer school classroom. Fellows typically observe a mentor teacher in action and gradually take on responsibility delivering instruction for students in the class. Program coaches visit the classroom regularly to provide real-time feedback and support.
  • Responsive Coaching Sessions – In these small group sessions, Fellows practice and receive coaching on targeted skills.

Outstanding local teachers will prepare you to confidently manage your classroom, and support your students in building bridges between challenging academic content and their own unique values and experiences. You must demonstrate emerging proficiency in these fundamental skills by the end of pre-service training to earn teaching eligibility for the fall

Pre-service training is a full-time commitment with sessions five days per week. Training typically begins in late May and ends in early/mid-July and daily attendance is mandatory. Marian University typically offers dormitory housing at a reduced rate throughout the course of pre-service training for Fellows who are in the process of relocating to the area.

Expert Coaching

Beginning in pre-service training and continuing at least through your first year, your Indianapolis Teaching Fellows coach will be your most critical line of support as you apply lessons from training sessions with students in your classroom. All coaches are experienced, local teachers with a track record of raising achievement in challenging classrooms. They will train you like a pro athlete, with ample opportunity to practice, reflect and improve, until essential teaching techniques and mindsets become second nature.

Our coaches will observe you regularly in your classroom, providing real-time guidance to improve your teaching. After each observation, you will meet to debrief and discuss concrete strategies you can apply in future lessons. Coaches will also pull you into small skill-building sessions to address your high-priority development needs. In some cases, virtual coaching may be used to coach fellows during their first year of teaching.  Virtual coaching is determined on a case by case basis for each fellow based on performance factors and fellow needs.

You can’t improve if you don’t know how you are doing. Whether you are struggling with lesson planning or striving to improve your classroom management skills, your coach will focus their expertise on helping you quickly get up to speed in that area. This rich feedback and personalized support will help you grow quickly into an amazing teacher.

During Year 2, you will continue to grow as a teacher under the guidance of a Marian coach who will use similar strategies and expertise as ITF coaches.

Certification

Key dates

  • Marian Courses Begins

Certification Coursework

During your first two years as a full-time teacher, you will also complete certification coursework through our partnership with Marian University, where you will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, which provides you a Transition to Teaching Permit (T2T). The MAT T2T program is specifically designed to meet the needs of alternate route teachers; in fact, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows are the only participants.

In addition to meeting for classes 1-2 evenings per week and/or some Saturdays, throughout the two year program at Marian, in year two Fellows are paired with a supervisor from the Marian University faculty, to monitor your performance and customize training to address your individual development needs. If you successfully complete all program requirements, pass all content exams, and meet our high performance standards, you will be eligible to apply for a professional teaching license in Indiana at the end of your second year in the classroom.

A typical teaching day lasts about eight to nine hours, with classes starting around 8:00 am. In addition, all teachers spend time preparing lessons, reviewing student work, attending meetings, or supervising extracurricular activities, often beyond the teaching day. Balancing these priorities with certification coursework is demanding, but your classroom-centered training and our support will help you rise to the challenge.

Earning Certification

TNTP’s Teaching Fellows programs hold high standards for certification and our teachers are widely recognized for their ability to help high-need students make dramatic learning gains.

We use the Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (ACE) to ensure that you remain on track to become a great teacher. ACE incorporates a wide variety of evidence from your classroom to create the fullest possible picture of your performance. ACE will incorporate observation scores, principal feedback, and student survey data into a final score for performance.  ACE is also designed to help you grow – providing regular feedback about your strengths and weaknesses and enabling us to customize coaching and coursework to address your high-priority development needs.

At the end of the summer training, and again at the end of your first year, you must meet ACE performance standards to earn certification. By setting a high bar and helping you exceed it, we ensure that you are capable of getting real results for students. And as a graduate of our program, principals and district officials will know that you are not simply a certified teacher, but one with a proven track record in the classroom.

Teaching

Key dates

  • Hiring Begins Late March

  • School Begins Early August

Finding a Teaching Position

Teachers are more successful when they work in a school that is a good fit for them. As a Teaching Fellow, you will be responsible for leading your own job search to ensure that both you and your principal feel good about the match. While our staff will offer resources and guidance, all hiring decisions are ultimately made by principals or school-based administrators. We do not place Teaching Fellows in a school. Instead, you should expect to conduct a personal job search, including attending at least one day-long site visit and hiring event in Indianapolis in the spring.

Though your job search is your own, you’re not alone. Indianapolis Teaching Fellows staff will help you navigate the district hiring process, showing you how to find vacancies and occasionally coordinating interviews with principals. In addition, our team will host several school hiring events, review resumes, manage an online resume look book for school leaders and hold mock interviews for those interested in receiving interview practice.

While admission to Indianapolis Teaching Fellows does not guarantee a teaching position, the need for quality teachers in critical-shortage subjects remains high.

Salary and Benefits

Once hired, you will be a full-time employee of the school district or charter school where you work, earning the same starting salary as any other first-year teacher in your school. The average beginning teacher salary working in an Indianapolis partner school is currently $50,400; teachers with a master’s degree related to their teaching assignment as well as those placed in a STEM subject area may be eligible for supplemental pay (approximately $1500 annually). Charter school salaries may vary.

You will also be able to access the same comprehensive benefits as all new teachers in your district or charter network, typically including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Detailed information about current salary schedules and available benefits for teachers is available on district or charter websites or through their Human Resources office.

TNTP Teaching Fellows Alumni Network

Upon graduating, you will be invited to join the TNTP Teaching Fellows Alumni Network. As a member of our alumni community, you will receive a regular newsletter with links to valuable professional development and career opportunities. More importantly, you’ll be able to connect with more than 33,000 Fellows across the country to share resources, talk through challenges, and discuss important education issues affecting classrooms like yours.