Overview of Indiana Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Licensure
For initial certification in Indiana, all candidates must:
- Earn a baccalaureate degree.
- Complete an approved program of teacher education.
- Pass The Praxis Series™ tests for their licensure area.
- Complete coursework in special education for all educator licenses.
- Earn a valid certification from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association in CPR-Heimlich Maneuver training.
- Submit the appropriate licensing fees.
See Indiana's application quicklinks for standards forms and checklists for licensure.
ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. For tests available in both formats (paper and computer), the computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
- Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) — September 2012
- Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) — December 2012
- Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) — September 2012
- Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) — October 2012
- Family and Consumer Sciences (5121) — December 2012
- Library Media Specialist (5311) — February 2013
- Music: Content Knowledge (5113)* — February 2013
- Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) — September 2012
- World and United States History: Content Knowledge (5941) — December 2012
* This test is not available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.
- Indiana requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Indiana with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN could delay processing of your certification application.
Who Must Take the Tests?
Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take The Praxis Series tests. Prior to entering a teacher education program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) to demonstrate your qualifications.
In Indiana, you must take the appropriate Praxis II® tests for each area of certification you seek.
Indiana belongs to the Interstate Certification Compact and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). Indiana belongs to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) for teachers, support professionals and administrations. Indiana also recognizes accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Official transcripts and a verification letter of all instructional and school service experience must be verified by an administrator at the last place of employment.
Praxis™ tests may be waived with three full years of verified creditable out-of-state teaching experience with a current, valid out-of-state license.
- About the Praxis™ Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities