Transition to Teaching

Transition to Teaching

Non-Degree, Licensure Program

The Transition to Teaching (T2T) program assists individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are seeking licensure. Oakland City University offers the following T2T options:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

OCU’s Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) approved T2T programs are dedicated to meeting the IDOE approval which is consistent with state and national standards.

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Elementary Education Courses

  • Introduction to the Profession
  • Integrated Elementary Curriculum
  • Inclusive Classroom
  • Elementary Classroom Management
  • Teaching and Remediation of Reading
  • Internship
  • Culturally Responsive Instruction for the 21st Century
  • Advanced Reading & Language Arts

Secondary Education Courses

  • Secondary Classroom Management
  • Introduction to Profession
  • MS/HS Teaching Strategies & Assessment
  • Reading Problems in Content Area
  • Internship
  • Inclusive Classroom

Special Education Courses

  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Special Education Law
  • Collaboration & Consultation
  • Methods & Materials for Exceptional Learners
  • Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Learners
  • Best Practices Working with Exceptional Learners
  • Introduction to the Profession
  • Culturally Responsive 21st Century Classroom
  • Classroom Management
  • Internship

Admissions Requirements

Indiana Requirements

Students are required to fulfill the following requirements prior to admission:

Elementary Education Requirements (K-6):

  • 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 the subject area.

Secondary Education Requirements (5-12)

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale and the degree corresponds to the subject content area in which the applicant seeks to be licensed; or
  • Graduate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the subject area or related field in which the person wants to teach; 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 the degree corresponds to the subject content area in which the applicant seeks to be licensed, 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 the subject area.

Special Education Requirements (K-12)

  • 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 the subject area.

Additionally, Indiana requires prospective educators to demonstrate basic skills competency prior to admission to Indiana educator preparation programs which are endorsed by CAEP and approved by IDOE for demonstrating Standard 3, Component 3.2. Note that the requirements for basic skills competency must be met for each domain separately – reading, mathematics, and writing.

  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing scores on the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of 220 in each domain (reading, mathematics, and writing).
  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing ACT® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of at least 21 in the reading domain and mathematics domains, and a score of at least a 7 in writing.
  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing SAT® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of at least 544 in evidence-based reading and writing, at least a score of 533 in mathematics, and at least a score of 5 in essay writing.
  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing GRE® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with at least a score of 150 on Verbal and Quantitative, with at least a score of 153 in quantitative reasoning, and at least a score of 4 in analytical writing.
  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing Praxis Core® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with at least a score of 169 in the reading domain, with at least a score of 162 in the mathematic domain, and Verbal and Quantitative, with at least a score of 153 in quantitative reasoning, and at least a score of 4 in analytical writing.

OCU Admission Requirements for T2T:

  1. OCU Graduate Application
  2. Concentration Declaration
  3. Current resume
  4. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study
  5. Background check (OCU will provide this)
    Conditional Admission Requirements for T2T

    Students may be admitted into the T2T program on a conditional basis.
    According to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standard 3, Component 3.2 Measures for Academic Proficiency, group average performance may be utilized. This means that each new cohort (OCU cohort would be a new term start, i.e. Fall 2019, Spring 2020) “group average performance” of ACT or SAT would have to equal the Admissions requirement averages. The “Group Average Performance will allow OCU to admit students who do not meet these requirements if the Group Average Performance equals the following scores:

    • Candidates have the option of achieving passing scores on the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of 220 in each domain (reading, mathematics, and writing).
    • Candidates have the option of achieving passing ACT® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of at least 21 in the reading domain and mathematics domains, and a score of at least a 7 in writing.
    • Candidates have the option of achieving passing SAT® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of at least 544 in evidence-based reading and writing, at least a score of 533 in mathematics, and at least a score of 5 in essay writing.
    • Candidates have the option of achieving passing GRE® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with at least a score of 150 on Verbal and Quantitative, with at least a score of 153 in quantitative reasoning, and at least a score of 4 in analytical writing.
    • Candidates have the option of achieving passing Praxis Core® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with at least a of 169 in the reading domain, with at least a score of 162 in the mathematic domain, and Verbal and Quantitative, with at least a score of 153 in quantitative reasoning, and at least a score of 4 in analytical writing.

    No student can be admitted if one of the two conditions occur:

    • ACT, SAT, or CASA score is more than two (2) points lower than the required score, and
    • The “Group Average Performance” score does not average at the required score
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