Top Frequently Asked Questions
1. When and how am I admitted to Butler's Teacher
Near the end of the sophomore year, you must apply for admission
to Teacher Education. To be admitted you must meet the following
- Recommendation by the College Committee or the senior
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.5
- Completion of approved professional education courses with a
grade point average of 2.5 or better and no grade less than a C (C-
is not acceptable). These courses are: ED 112, ED 245, ED 241, ED
242, and ED 244
- Satisfactory completion of appropriate clinical and field
- A grade of C- in the major or any education course must be
repeated or with the advisor's permission, a class may be
substituted and a grade of C or above attained.
- Satisfactory progress in completing requirements for a specific
major must be met
3. How do I know which courses to take and
when to take them?
Curriculum sheets, a four year planning sheet and regular
consultation with your academic advisor will ensure that you are on
the right track. All program curriculum requirement sheets are
available on our website under Student Resources.
3. How do I document basic skills competency to be
admitted to the teacher education program?
Praxis I Composite Score of 527 or
ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar
SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and
NEW JANUARY 1, 2013- PLEASE REVIEW
January 1, 2013,
candidates will have the option of achieving passing scores on the
Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) as one means for
demonstrating basic skills competency.
Candidates may also document basic skills competency for
admission to educator preparation programs using the following
- ACT® with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading,
Grammar, and Science
- SAT® with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading
- GRE® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and
Quantitative prior to 8/1/11
- GRE® with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and
Quantitative after 8/1/11
Note: ACT, SAT, and GRE scores do not include writing. Anyone
with a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited
institution is exempt from this requirement.
January 1, 2013, Praxis I will no longer be used to assess basic
skills competency of prospective Indiana
4. Which Praxis II exams do I take and when do I take
Praxis II exams are specialty exams based on the license you are
pursuing. You must take the required Praxis II exams for all areas
that will be on your original license. The tests required by
Indiana may be found at www.ets.org. Select Praxis
tests, then select Indiana and your license area(s).
NEW SEPTEMBER 1, 2013-
September 1, 2013, the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator
Licensure will be the sole means of assessing the developmental
(pedagogical) and content area knowledge of candidates seeking
Indiana educator licensure.
candidates for an initial practitioner license will be required to
pass a developmental (pedagogy) area assessment and appropriate
content area assessments. Candidates seeking to add a content area
to their license will be required to achieve passing scores on the
Indiana CORE content area assessment(s) that match the license.
Refer to the following document to find out which tests you need
to take based on your licensure content area.
CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure program:
Requirements by licensure content area
5. How do I sign up to take the Praxis exam?
The Praxis website is the best way to get the latest testing
information, news and more. Visit www.ets.org/praxis. For Praxis
I and very limited sections of Praxis II, you may also contact a
Sylvan Learning Prometric Testing Center at the Sylvan site. Local
ones are listed under the Praxis testing information.
6. How do I sign up to take the NEW Indiana CORE
Assessments for Educator exams?
Carefully watch the Indiana Department of Education Web site as
new tests go into effect in January and September 2013.
7. How do I apply to student teach?
You file a student teaching application (see Student Teaching)
with the Director of Student Personnel Services in January of the
academic year prior to student teaching. It is important that you
consult with your advisor during the fall advising period to be
sure that you are eligible and that you establish a December date
for your advisor to review your application prior to submission in
8. When do I find out where I will be student
All confirmed student teaching placements will be available at
the spring orientation meeting prior to the academic year of
9. What is a self-managed credential file?
All students develop and maintain their own credential file to
assist them in their job search. The credential file contains a
cover letter, resume, candidate's statement, two or more letters of
recommendation and other documentation the student may choose to
10. How do I apply for my Indiana State Teaching
Submit your application online just prior to graduation at http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/licensing/lvis.
In order to be eligible for recommendation for licensure, you
must meet the following criteria:
- Meet all University requirements for graduation or completion
of a non-degree graduate licensure program.
- Receive favorable final evaluations from the cooperating
teacher and University supervisor with a grade of Pass with
Validation (PV) assigned by the appropriate faculty member.
- Attain passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II exams,
and/or any other
standardized tests that are required.
- Complete and submit all license application materials including
proof of CPR/AED/Heimlich certification to the DOE website.
- Meet all state requirements for licensure in effect at the time
of program completion including the recommendation for licensure by
the License Advisor for the University.
11. How do I apply for an out of state teaching
Indiana has license reciprocity with over 40 states. This means
that a person who holds an Indiana State Teacher's License and
applies to any of the reciprocal states is granted a temporary
license while the license holder's qualifications are examined and
compared to the licensing requirements of the new state. Further
details are available by contacting each state through the
information provided under Teacher Licensing.