Transition to Teaching (Non-Degree, Licensure Program)

The Transition to Teaching (T2T) program is intended for dedicated individuals who are seeking to obtain a Certificate in Teaching and gain an initial teaching license.  The T2T license program is designed for potential candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a teaching discipline and who are seeking initial teaching licensure.  OCU School of Education offers three (3) T2T programs:  1) Elementary Education, 2) Secondary Education, and 3) Special Education (Mild Intervention).

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.

Admission Requirements

Transition to Teaching:  Elementary, Secondary and Special Education

Transition to Teaching – Secondary Education program is based on the premise that the candidate already has content knowledge in the licensing area. Candidates applying for admission to T2T or MAT –Secondary Education who do not have content knowledge in the licensing area OR their bachelor’s degree does not match their desired area of license will be required to pass the Indiana CORE assessment (content test) prior to admission. The programs consist of 18 hours of coursework for secondary education, 24 hours for elementary education, and 30 hours for special education. No education courses are required as prerequisites for admission. In order to be eligible for a Transition to Teaching (T2T) permit, candidates must be enrolled in an Indiana college/university T2T program and hired by an Indiana School Corporation.

INDIANA REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Prospective Indiana educators are required to have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution prior to admission to Indiana educator preparation programs.  Requirements are:
     
    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.
  1. Additionally, Indiana requires for the MAT and T2T
    Prospective Indiana educators are required 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.
     
  • Prospective Indiana educators are required 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 ACT®  scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of at least 21 in the reading 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 dimension.
  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing GRE® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with at least a of 150 on Verbal Reasoning (Reading) and Quantitative Reasoning (Math) 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 with at least a score of 165 in 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).
     

 
Oakland City University 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)
     
    Oakland City University Admission Requirements for MAT:
  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)
  6. Two (2) character references from persons able to attest to the candidate’s suitability as a prospective graduate teacher
  7. Writing sample reflecting personal goals with the objectives of the MAT program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement
     
    Oakland City University CONDITIONAL Admission Requirements for MAT and T2T:
     
    Students may be admitted into the MAT/T2T program on a conditional basis. Please read carefully the requirements and policy for Conditional Acceptance.
    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 requirement if the Group Average Performance is equals the following scores:
     
  • Prospective Indiana educators are required 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 ACT®  scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with a score of at least 21 in the reading 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 dimension.
  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing GRE® scores as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency with at least a of 150 on Verbal Reasoning (Reading) and Quantitative Reasoning (Math) 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 with at least a score of 165 in 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).
     
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    No student can be admitted if one of the two conditions occur:
  1. Your ACT or SAT or CASA score is more than two (2) points lower than the required score and
  2. The “Group Average Performance” score does NOT average at the required score.
     

Oakland City Requirements:

  1. Completed background check (OCU will complete this)
  2. Current resume reflecting work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study
  4. Completed Graduate Application
  5. Completed Concentration Declaration

Return the completed portfolio to:  Dr. Nancy Miller, Director, School of Education Graduate Studies, Oakland City University, 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660 or email to nmiller@oak.edu.

For licensure to be complete:

  1. Candidates must pass the developmental area assessment (Pedagogy) that matches the grade level for which they plan to teach.  This can be taken during or after internship course.  Licensure cannot be completed until this test has been taken and a score of 220 or higher has been achieved; http://www.in.nesinc.com/

    The content area assessments included in the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure are both required for licensure.  This is not needed to be admitted into the program but will need to be completed to finish the program.  The candidate must have acquired a score of 220 or better on the Core content assessment; and http://www.in.nesinc.com/

  2. Have a current CPR/AED/Heimlich training credentials AND be certified in suicide prevention.

License Requirements
Candidates must pass CORE Content Assessment AND the developmental (pedagogy) area assessment that matches the grade level for which they plan to teach.  These can be taken during or after internship.
(005) Elementary Education OR
(006) Secondary Education [5–12] OR
(007) P–12 Education [P–12]
Go to  http://www.in.nesinc.com/ for a listing of the CORE Content exams
 
Licensure cannot be completed until all testing has been completed and a score of 220 or higher has been achieved. 

Admission Checklist 

  • Completed Graduate Application
  • Completed Concentration Declaration
  • Completed Background Check (OCU will complete)
  • Current Resume
  • Documentation of Basic Skills 
  • CORE assessment  (If your Baccalaureate degree is not licensable or your GPA is lower than 2.5/4.0
  • All Official Transcripts

Transition to Teach - Elementary Education (24 Hours)

Course Title Hour(s)
EDUC 500  Introduction to the Profession 3
EDUC 507 Integrated Elementary Curriculum * 4
EDUC 510 Inclusive Classroom 3
EDUC 557e Classroom & Behavior Management  3
EDUC 572 Teaching and Remediation of Reading 3
EDUC 596e Internship*   3
EDUC 610 Culturally Responsive Instruction * 3
EDUC 650 Advanced Reading & Language Arts* 3

* Key Assessment Course       † Disposition Audit Course

 

Transition to Teaching - Secondary Education P-12 (18 Hours)

Course Title Hours
EDUC 500 Introduction to the Profession 3
EDUC 510 Inclusive Classroom 3
EDUC 557s Classroom & Behavior Management 3
EDUC 565 Teaching Strategies & Assessment 3
EDUC 575 Reading in Content Area * 3
EDUC 596s Internship * † 3

* Key Assessment Course     † Disposition Audit Course

Transition to Teach - Special Education  P-12 (30 Hours)

Course Title Hour(s)
SPED 501  Foundations of Special Education 3
SPED 506 Special Education Law 3
SPED 565 Collaboration & Consultation 3
SPED 575 Methods & Materials 3
SPED 601 Diagnostic Assessment 3
SPED 645 Best Practices 3
EDUC 500 Introduction to the Profession 3
EDUC 557e or s Classroom & Behavior Management  3
EDUC 596e or s Internship*   3
EDUC 610 Culturally Responsive Instruction * 3

* Key Assessment Course       † Disposition Audit Course

Special Education P-12  (18 Hours) For Addition to Existing License

Course Title Hour(s)
SPED 501  Foundations of Special Education 3
SPED 506 Special Education Law 3
SPED 565 Collaboration & Consultation 3
SPED 575 Methods & Materials 3
SPED 601 Diagnostic Assessment 3
SPED 645 Best Practices 3

 

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