Overview of Indiana Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Licensure
For initial certification in Indiana, all candidates must:
- Earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete an approved program of teacher education.
- Pass The Praxis Series® tests for their licensure area. As of June 1, 2014, only the Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests) in Health and Physical Education may be taken for licensure in Indiana. Beginning September 1, 2015, the Praxis Subject Assessments in Health and Physical Education will no longer be accepted unless the test was taken and passed by August 31, 2015. Get information on Indiana's new testing requirements.
- Earn a valid certification from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association in CPR-Heimlich Maneuver training.
- Complete suicide prevention training.
- Submit the appropriate licensing fees.
See Indiana's application quicklinks for standards forms and checklists for licensure.
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?
In Indiana, you must take the appropriate pedagogy and content tests for each area of certification you seek. Prior to entering a teacher education program, you may be required to take a basic skills assessment. As of June 1, 2014, the only Praxis Subject Assessments available to candidates are Health and Physical Science content exams. Beginning September 1, 2015, the Praxis Subject Assessments in Health and Physical Education will no longer be accepted unless the test was taken and passed by August 31, 2015. Get information about the required pedagogy and content exams.
In Indiana, you must take the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments 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.
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs