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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Congratulations! You’re now enrolled and well on your way toward becoming a licensed teacher in Indiana! As you work toward fulfilling your dream, it’s not uncommon for a few questions to arise. Read our Enrolled Candidates FAQ to find the answers you’re looking for! We value transparency, so if you have another question not answered on this page, feel free to submit a new question using the form at the bottom of the page.

WHAT IS MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING?

Your Pre-Service Training is composed of your online courses known as your Classroom Readiness Training and your 30 hours of Field-Based Experience (FBE) hours, also known as Classroom Observation hours.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING COVER?

The curriculum is organized around six main constructs for learning: The Teacher, The Learner, Lesson Planning, Instructional Strategies, Assessing Learning, and The Learning Environment. There are multiple courses within each construct that help the prospective teacher understand the pedagogy behind their role as an educator in the classroom. Please visit our Become Eligible for samples of the coursework you will engage within each construct.

IS MY TRAINING 100% ONLINE?

The Classroom Readiness Training and Test Preparation modules are always available online. You are also required to complete 30 hours of Field-Based Experience hours before entering the classroom. All 30 hours may be completed online!

DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING AN EXAM?

No, the testing, training, and Field-Based Experience hours can be completed in any order. The optional test preparation courses can help prepare you for the exams.

WHAT ARE FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCE HOURS?

Classroom observations, also known as Field-Based Experience (FBE) hour are introductory experiences for a certification candidate involving reflective observation of P-12 students, teachers, and faculty/staff members engaging in educational activities in a school setting.

HOW MANY FBE HOURS DO I NEED TO COMPLETE?

30 FBE hours are required; all 30 hours may be completed online through your Canvas account.

CAN I USE FBE HOURS COMPLETED PRIOR TO MY ADMISSION INTO INDIANA TEACHERS?

Unfortunately, no. You must complete all 30 hours once enrolled in the program.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE IN-PERSON FBE HOURS?

While most schools normally provide plenty of classroom observation opportunities for aspiring teachers, in-person options may be limited due to current circumstances. We recommend you first check the district website and search online for observation approval information. If you do not find more information online, call the district Human Resources department. Make sure you have first searched the district website and contacted the HR department before you call a campus directly. Also, keep in mind that all 30 FBE hours can be completed online.

HOW DO I LOG MY FBE HOURS?

You can submit your completed hours in your Intern Portal. If you navigated to the “Pre-Service” tab, you will find an FBE Submission From. Once your hours have been verified, they will appear in your Intern Portal.

WHAT TRAINING CERTIFICATES AM I REQUIRED TO OBTAIN BEFORE I CAN TEACH?

In order to become eligible to teach, it is also required by the Indiana Department of Education that you obtain your CPR/AED/Heimlich Certificate* and Youth Suicide Prevention Certificate. This is an important requirement, so it’s best to complete it sooner, rather than later. You may begin this training at any time.

*Effective April 14, 2020: candidates may be issued their Transition to Teaching Permit without earning a CPR/AED/Heimlich Certificate, granted all other program requirements are met. This temporary allowance by the Indiana Department of Education is in place due to in-person facility closures. We encourage you to pursue a blended CPR training option. Learn more about this allowance here.

HOW DO I OBTAIN MY YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION CERTIFICATE?

You may complete this training online; find a list of approved providers here.

HOW DO I OBTAIN MY CPR CERTIFICATE?

CPR/AED/Heimlich training must be completed in-person. Due to in-person facility closures, you may be issued your Transition to Teaching Permit without earning this certificate, granted all other program requirements are met. This temporary allowance is subject to change. To view a list of approved providers, please click here.

WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME FOR GRADED PROJECTS?

Our typical grading time is 3-5 business days, however, there are occasional times when it could take longer.

CAN I RESUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT IF I DO NOT PASS?

Yes, you have multiple attempts to pass your projects. Our instructors will provide you with guided feedback to ensure you succeed.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A GRADE I RECEIVED; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

We’re always happy to provide you with more feedback! For any questions or clarification regarding grades or project feedback, please email us at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CURRICULUM; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

Our online instructors are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the training content and curriculum. You can reach them from any page by clicking on the question mark icon. If you can’t find one on the current page, you can always find the help icon on the left slide of your main dashboard. Also, feel free to email us with a specific question at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I AM HAVING TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH CANVAS; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

For technical issues with Canvas, please take a screenshot of the page on which you are experiencing an issue. Then, you should contact the Canvas support team by clicking on the question mark icon (available on most pages).  If you cannot locate the question mark icon, there is always a help button on the left-side menu on your main dashboard. You can also email us at CanvasSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I NEED CLARIFICATION REGARDING MY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

If you are unsure about what is required of you or have a specific question regarding your personalized training path, please reach out to an Advisor at Teach@INTeachers.org.

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING AN EXAM?

No, you do not. You may complete your Classroom Readiness Training, Field-Based Experience hours, and testing in any order. We offer several optional test preparation courses to help prepare you for many different state exams.

WHAT EXAMS AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE?

As required by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), all candidates seeking Educatore Licensure must take and pass state exams. Beginning July 1, the IDOE will be accepting both CORE Assessments AND the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis exams. The specific exam you take will depend on which area you are seeking licensure in. Between July 1 and August 31, you may take either of these exams. Any CORE Assessment taken after September 1 will not be accepted. You can learn more about the testing transition here.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR EXAMS?

You can only register for your exams once you have created your account with the Indiana Department of Education’s Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure site or the ETS Praxis site.

WHEN DO I TAKE MY EXAMS?

Most candidates can take exams during the first year of teaching.

HOW SHOULD I STUDY FOR THE EXAMS?

We also offer a wide variety of suggested resources, including test preparation discounts, on our Test Preparation page. Additionally, we encourage you to join our Official Indiana Facebook Community to connect with your peers to share study tips and ask/give advice.

WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING HIRED?

To increase your chance of getting hired quicker, we encourage you to pursue multiple licensure areas. For more tips on how to increase your marketability, please read our Marketability Guide.

 

WILL INDIANA TEACHERS HELP ME GET HIRED?

Absolutely! You ultimately choose which corporations to apply with, but Indiana Teachers has a team of representatives that work closely with schools across the state. We provide thousands of candidate lists, by request, to schools every year, and host both in-person and virtual job fairs. We notify candidates regarding teacher hiring events and list the schools that have recently requested our candidates. We also provide a wealth of resources to help you prepare to get your first teaching job, from online webinars and seminars to resume review services and portfolio guidance.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET HIRED?

You may apply for jobs with your Letter of Acceptance (LOA), but before accepting employment, you must provide your corporation with an updated Letter of Eligibility (LOE), which is a document to verify your employment.

HOW DO I GET MY LOE?

After you are offered a job, let us know by submitting the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal. Once we verify you are qualified to accept your offered job, we will provide you with a Letter of Eligibility (LOE).

WHEN SHOULD I START MY JOB SEARCH?

We recommend starting your job search as soon as you have received your LOA!

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A JOB APPLICATION; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

You should call the school Human Resources department, as each application is unique.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I RECEIVE A JOB OFFER?

Congratulations! After you receive a job, it is extremely important to submit the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab. Once we verify you are qualified to accept your offered job, we will provide you with a Letter of Eligibility (LOE). After you obtain your LOE from Indiana Teachers, you may apply for your Transition to Teaching (T2T) Permit.

WHAT TYPE OF LICENSE DO I NEED TO TEACH DURING MY FIRST YEAR?

You will need to apply for a Transition to Teaching (T2T) Permit for your first-year teaching.

HOW DO I START THE PROCESS TO RECEIVE MY T2T Permit?

You must submit the “I Got a Job” form located in your Intern Portal as soon as you accept an offer to teach.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY T2T PERMIT?

Once you are hired by a school corporation, you can submit your application through the LVIS portal. For step-by-step instructions provided by the Indiana Department of Education, click here.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY PRACTITIONER LICENSE?

Once you have successfully completed all Indiana Teachers program requirements, you can submit your application through the LVIS portal. For step-by-step instructions provided by the Indiana Department of Education, click here.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES?

All COVID-19 updates can be found here.

WHERE CAN I FIND NEW RESOURCES, TIPS, AND RELEVANT ARTICLES?

We frequently post new, relevant articles, share resources, and keep you informed about all things teaching on our Teaching in Indiana blog!

Do you have another question that you can’t quite seem to find the answer to on this page? Feel free to check out our two other FAQ pages:

PROGRAM EXPLORATION FAQ

RECENT APPLICANTS FAQ

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