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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Secondary Education Certification Only (5-9 or 5-12)

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Program: Secondary Education Certification Only
School of Education 
College of Professional Studies

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4146

The secondary education certification-only program is a 36-credit hour program designed for teacher candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree and desire to teach in middle or high school settings.  Upon successful completion of this program, teacher candidates may apply for an Indiana teaching license.  Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college to enroll in this program.  Candidates must select one of the following content areas to complete their certification.  Candidates must demonstrate their competencies in that content area by passing a licensing content exam(s) prior to student teaching. 

Two Options. Students may choose from two options to complete the program. 

Option 1: A 3-semester sequence beginning in the Spring semester. 

Option 2: A 4-semester sequence beginning in the Fall Semester.  (Note: Option 2 may be spread out over a longer period if desired.)

To receive a breakdown of Option 1 and Option 2 semester sequence of courses, please contact the School of Education .



Middle School (grades 5-9). Select at least one:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Middle and High School (grades 5-12).  Select at least one:

  • Biology/Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies: Select at least one of these content areas:
    • Economics
    • Government & Citizenship
    • Historical Perspectives
    • Psychology
    • Sociology


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Secondary Education Certification Only program students will:

  • Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society 
  • Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
  • Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
  • Solve client problems through clear, creative analysis
  • Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
  • Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.


  • Our education programs are currently NCATE accredited and we have applied for continued accreditation through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).  In addition all science programs are nationally recognized as high-quality programs through the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a teaching license in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus

Declaring/Adding This Program:

  • You must declare/add this program with the School of Education 

General Requirements

Program Requirements

Professional Education: 30 Credits

Requirements for Admission to Block 1

1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college

2. Pass the Pearson CASA (Core Academic Skills Assessment) or one of the following alternative measures:

CASA = Reading (220)     Writing (220)     Math (220)

  • ACT Composite score of 24 based on math, reading, grammar, and science
  • SAT Combined score of at least 1100 on critical reading and math if taken prior to 3/1/16 or 1170 composite beginning 3/1/16
  • GRE Combined score of at least 301 (after 8/1/11) or 1100 (prior to 8/1/11) on quantitative and verbal
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • PPST (taken prior to 9-1-2013)  ______Reading (176)  ______Writing (172)  ______Math (175)  ______Composite (527)

3. Take the Pearson content exam(s) for the content area(s) you wish to teach

4. Pass a Criminal History Report. Criminal History Reports are valid for one year and will be repeated when necessary

5. Completion of each course with grade of C- or higher.

Student Teaching: 12 Credits

Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching:

  1. Complete an application for student teaching and meet with the Director of Student Teaching ONE YEAR beforehand
  2. Completion of Block 2 with each course having a grade of C- or higher
  3. Minimum 3.00 cum. program GPA Minimum 3.00 cum. program GPA and completion of each course with grade of C- or higher
  4. Pass a Criminal History Report. Criminal History Reports are valid for one year and will be repeated when necessary
  5. Candidates may retake a Professional Education course only one time.
  6. Pass the Pearson content exam(s).

Total Credits: 36

Final Assessment:

  1. Completion of student teaching and all course requirements
  2.  Pass the Pedagogy Exam
  3. Obtain valid CPR/AED and Suicide Prevention certifications
  4.  Apply for license

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