College of Education

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to have a Teaching Background?
While the METL program has been designed for classroom teachers, it is not limited to those who are currently teaching or to those who hold a teaching license. There are some candidates in the program in education-related fields who are working toward the master's degree in education. The METL program, however, will not lead to teacher certification or licensure unless students elect to complete the Graduate Initial Licensure Program in additional to the METL program.  For more information regarding licensure, contact the Office of Educator Licensing & Development at (317) 232-9010.
Office of Educator Licensing and Development

How many graduate non-degree credits can I bring into the program?
After receiving approval through the METL program, only your first 9-12 credit hours of coursework as a graduate non-degree student may count toward a Butler degree in METL.

If I enter as a non-degree student, what do I have to do to become a degree seeking student?
To become a degree seeking student you will need to apply to the program as a graduate degree seeking student.

What additional areas are available to add to my teaching license after completing the METL program?

  • English as a New Language (ENL) License
  • Reading Teacher License (valid in initial license grades only)

Are there scholarships available for graduate students in METL?
Yes, scholarships are awarded each June for the following school year to graduate degree-seeking students in the College of Education.  Scholarship applications are sent USPS in the Spring semester each year.  For more information on scholarships, please contact Maggie Power at

How long does it take to complete the METL program?
The METL program can be completed in two years, however, students can take up to seven years to complete the program if they choose to do so.

When are classes held?
Core I (Summer Cohort) classes are taken in the evenings and on weekends during the summer.  Core II & III classes are taken on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:00 p.m.  Core IV is arranged with your thesis advisor.  Elective courses are offered at various times, but are typically during the early afternoon or evening hours or daytime hours in the summer.