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Teacher Education Requirements

The following information outlines the assessment of students completing a teacher education program at Purdue University. For the most current information, visit www.teach.purdue.edu/. The student must satisfy the criteria for the Gate system in order to successfully complete the Purdue University Teacher Education Program (TEP) and Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) licensure requirements. The criteria include the following:

  • Students enrolled in any professional education course, either before or after admission to a Teacher Education Program, are required to undergo a Criminal Background Check prior to beginning any field experience, student teaching placement, or internship; this criminal background check is valid for one year; upon expiration, the student must renew it, regardless of whether he/she is enrolled in a course with a related field experience.
  • Complete a Professionalism Agreement signed in the TEP course;
  • Submit a signed Self-Disclosure Statement filed with the Office of Field Experiences (OFE);
  • Attend the mandatory Teacher Education Orientation Session during the first foundational course;
  • Submit the online TEP Application and Signature Form to OPPL;
  • Complete the Basic Skills Competency Assessment requirement for TEP admission (Gate A). Options include:
    • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Mathematics, Reading, Grammar, and Science
    • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Mathematics
    • GRE with a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 1100 (prior to August 1, 2011) and 301 (after August 1, 2011)

    Note: The ACT, SAT, and GRE scores do not include Writing.

    If one of the above options is not met, the Pearson Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessments (CASA) tests must be completed.

  • Complete the content test(s) prior to the student teaching semester (Gate B). Testing information can be found at http://www.teach.purdue.edu/licensure/testing.html;
  • Complete course requirements for the Gates;
  • Maintain the GPA (overall, content and professional education) requirements established by each program area and the TEC;
  • Attend the mandatory Student Teaching Application Workshop one year prior to the student teaching semester. A student must pass through Gate A before submitting the Student Teaching Application to OFE. This application serves as a "letter of intent" and does not imply automatic placement. Successful admission to Gates A and B are required prior to the student teaching semester. For information regarding student teaching and OFE, email fieldexp@purdue.edu or go to www.teach.purdue.edu/field_exp/index.html;
  • Reference the Center for Career Opportunities website at www.cco.purdue.edu/student to begin the job search;
  • Attend the Teacher Education Licensing Meeting at the end of the student teaching semester;
  • Complete the TEP and other state licensure requirements such as the pedagogy test, certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Heimlich Maneuver and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and suicide prevention training. Details may be found at www.teach.purdue.edu/licensure/index.html. Note: Indiana licensing rules and regulations are subject to change by the Indiana Department of Education;
  • Complete the IDOE online teacher license application at www.doe.in.gov/student-services/licensing;
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the TEP and licensure requirements, a Purdue University licensing advisor will make the recommendation for licensing.

Title II Reporting Requirements

Purdue University is in compliance with Title II reporting requirements. Visit http://www.teach.purdue.edu/resources/title2/index.html to obtain complete details. If you are unable to access this website and would like a copy, contact:

The Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure

Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 3229
100 N. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

Phone: 765-494-2345

Email: licensure@purdue.edu.