Early Childhood Transition to Teaching

Are you inspired to become a teacher, but possess a bachelor's degree in a field other than teacher education?

Our "Transition to Teaching" licensure program prepares students to take the examination for a teaching license, with a combination of evening course work, professional seminars and in-school/early childhood teaching experiences. Participants can also choose to add four additional courses to complete a master's degree.


The licensure program "Early Childhood Transition to Teaching" is a 24-credit program that includes the following sequence of courses.

Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-M 500** Professional Seminar* 1
EDUC-E 508 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3


  • Foundations of American Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Children's Literature
  • Child Development
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-E 506 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
EDUC-E 514 Workshop in Emergent Literacy-Language Arts-Reading 3
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-E 518 Creative Curriculum in Early Childhood 3
EDUC-E 515 Foundations of Literacy Learning Pre-K-3, Reading II 3
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-E 525 Advanced Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood 3
EDUC-K505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students 3
EDUC-M500 Professional Seminar 1
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-M500 Professional Seminar 1


*Five full days required to begin the school year with assigned school.

**M500 courses are one (1) credit hour courses that include both early childhood/school teaching experiences and professional seminars. These courses provide additional instruction and information in specialized areas such as early childhood, classroom management, diagnostic reading, and special areas. Early Childhood Transition to Teaching candidates will be assessed an additional $1000 fee over and above the regular tuition for each of the three M500 courses. The additional fee supports paying for teacher mentors, cooperating teachers and program administration. This fee is set by the IU Board of Trustees and is subject to change. Candidates are advised to consult with the Early Childhood Transition to Teaching Coordinator and Student Central for the updated fee.

***Two days per week full-day in assigned school, four-week placement full-day in assigned school and four Seminar Days.


Application Requirements

Applicants to the Transition to Teaching post-baccalaureate certificate must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale; or
  • Both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 point scale, and five (5) years of professional experience; or
  • Both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution, and proof of passing state approved content area examination(s) in Indiana Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessments Test Code 004 and Content Area Assessments for Early Childhood Education Generalist Test Codes 014/015/016/017.

Application Process

  1. Attend a program advising session held each semester.
  2. Complete the online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to program. If a previous application fee was paid the fee should be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Records Specialist at or (812) 941-2388.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation that attest to your character and why you would be a good educator. Use the Recommendation Tab on the online application to request electronically. If desired, letters may be mailed directly to Records Specialist.
  4. On the Uploads Tab, upload a personal statement that identifies your academic goals, career objectives and why you are applying to this program.
  5. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school.
  6. Please mail copies of the test scores for Early Childhood Pedagogy Assessment, Test Code 004 and Content Area Assessments, Test Code 014, 015,016, 017 to the address listed below

Please send all completed materials to:

Ms. Tracy Stracener, Student Records Officer
IU Southeast School of Education
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

For information, please contact Ms. Tracy Stracener, our Records Specialist at or (812) 941-2388.


Face to Face Advising sessions have been suspended until further notice. However; Terry Beard, will conduct individual advising sessions via email or phone conversations with all interested students. Please email Terry Beard, to set up your session. We look forward to working with all interested students.

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Terri Beard

Elementary Student Teaching Coordinator
Elementary Transition to Teaching Coordinator

Hillside Hall 27
Phone: (812) 941-2347

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Tentative Timeline from Application to Completion

Schedule Action
Anytime of the year Attend a group or individual advising session to know more about the program.
First week of November – application and requirements DUE
*You may submit any parts or entire set of the requirements at anytime after you attend advising session.
Submit application online. Submit completed requirements
Review Applications - November and December
Interviews - in December and January
Admissions Committee interviews qualifying candidates. Interviews begin.
December and January Candidates receive letters of admission.
January- Orientation
*Reminder- there is a date identified in early January as the mandatory registration date.
Admitted candidates meet for orientation to the program.
December and January Register for the Spring semester. Register for 2 classes. Specific checksheet for the cohort will be provided upon admission.
February- Courses will begin 1st week of February See the schedule of classes on IU Southeast website.
Take courses in Spring, Summer 1 & 2, Fall, and the following Spring.

*Reminders - Summer 1 – 2 week full day placement in school.

End of July or Early August - full day – required 5 full days to begin school year with assigned school.
See the schedule of classes on IU Southeast website.

Course Fees

In accordance with an IU Board of Trustees policy change effective Fall 2004, tuition is based on whether a student is classified as graduate or undergraduate regardless of the level of coursework taken. Any student admitted by the Indiana University Southeast School of Education who already has a bachelor's degree will be classified as a graduate student. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for more information.

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