College of Education

Top Frequently Asked Questions

1. When and how am I admitted to Butler's Teacher Education Program?

Near the end of the sophomore year, you must apply for admission to Teacher Education. To be admitted you must meet the following criteria:

  • Recommendation by the College Committee or the senior college
  • 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 experiences.
  • 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

2. 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?

Successful completion of the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment- CASA

OR

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.

New January 1, 2013 - Please Rreview

Beginning 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 additional assessments/routes:

  • 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 and Math
  • GRE® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11
  • OR
  • 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.

Effective January 1, 2013, Praxis I will no longer be used to assess basic skills competency of prospective Indiana educators.

4.  Which Praxis II exams do I take and when do I take them?

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 - Please Review

Beginning 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. 

All 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.

Indiana 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 January.

8.  When do I find out where I will be student teaching?

All confirmed student teaching placements will be available at the spring orientation meeting prior to the academic year of student teaching.

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 include.

10.  How do I apply for my Indiana State Teaching License?

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 license?

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.