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Indiana Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

For anyone looking for teaching schools in Indiana, this guide to teacher preparation schools is designed to provide key information on available programs within the state. There are several options for colleges and universities that provide degree programs for aspiring teachers. The information found below can help you choose which program is right for your future career needs. For information on the various teaching degrees found in Indiana schools, take a look at the list of accredited teacher preparation programs in the state as well as student reviews. Whether you are a first time student or looking to change careers, this guide can help you find the teaching program that is best for your personal career goals.

School Facts:

  • There are 52 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Indiana.1
  • 36 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Notre Dame, 95%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, 29%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: DePauw University, $25,830.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Purdue University-North Central Campus, $7,210.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Indiana*: $14,180-$42,971.2
  • Two schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: Indiana University-Bloomington (39), Purdue University (51).
  • Three schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Notre Dame (17), Purdue University-West Lafayette (65), Indiana University-Bloomington (83).
  • 37 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Indiana University: Indiana University is the state’s flagship institution located in Bloomington, IN. The School of Education is made up of the departments of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Instructional Systems Technology and Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. The School of Education and its departments rank highly according to the 2012 rankings compiled by US News & World Report. Three of the school’s programs ranked in the top ten including Curriculum/Instruction, Elementary Education, and Higher Education Administration. Other ranking programs include Administration and Supervision, Counseling and Personnel Services, Educational Psychology, Secondary Education and Special Education. Two of the school’s best programs, Instructional Systems Technology and Language Education did not rank because US News does not compile rankings for those types of programs.

Purdue University: Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN serves as the institutional home of the Purdue College of Education. The mission of the College of Education is to prepare future leaders within the systems of education in order to advance society and its individuals to a more learned state of mind prepared to assume productive roles in society. The College of education is nationally accredited and recognized by several federal and state agencies including the Department of Education. Students receive multidisciplinary instruction in the classes they take as well as plenty of hands-on learning working with Purdue University learning partners in the community. The College of Education has recently created a program known as STEM Goes Rural that offers $30,000 stipends to STEM qualified teachers willing to teach in rural areas where there is a major shortfall of STEM instructors.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and ranked 1,100 US college programs that prepare aspiring teachers for a career in the classroom (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the evaluation process, three programs in Indiana qualified for the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. For more information, read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Indiana received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Indiana University – Bloomington – Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Purdue University – Calumet – (Undergraduate Elementary)3stars
    Purdue University – Calumet – (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    Indiana University – Southeast (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    Purdue University (Graduate Elementary) 0stars
    University of Southern Indiana (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • American College of Education
  • Anderson University
  • Ball State University
  • Bethel College
  • Butler University
  • Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • Franklin College
  • Goshen College
  • Grace College
  • Hanover College
  • Huntington University
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Indiana University East
  • Indiana University Kokomo
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Manchester College
  • Marian University
  • Oakland City University
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University Calumet
  • Purdue University North Central
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • Taylor University
  • Trine University
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Saint Francis
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Valparaiso University
  • Vincennes University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Indiana

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Indiana

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Anderson University-Anderson
1100 E 5th St
Anderson, IN 46012-3495
(765) 649-9071
www.anderson.edu

Ball State University
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 289-1241
www.bsu.edu

Student Review: “Rating Ball State University (BSU) is difficult because it is so up and down. Overall, I feel prepared to enter the classroom, but a few of the classes were entirely pointless. Two of the science method courses are entirely irrelevant to the point of being frustrating, but the rest of the education program is very student-oriented and would be beneficial to anyone who is hoping to pursue a career in secondary education. The Honors curriculum certainly offers a different kind of challenge and I would recommend it to anyone who receives an offer. Overall it’s easy to find things to complain about, especially when it’s hard to see where your tuition dollars are going, but I believe I received a good education that has prepared me to enter into the world of secondary education with confidence.” -Andrew S., student at Ball State University
stars-4
Student Review: “I came to Ball State knowing that it had nationally ranked programs in both education and theatre. On the theatre side of my degree, Theatre Education, I was incredibly satisfied. However, the side of my education which straddled the Teacher’s College was a very mixed experience. For the first three years within the program, the majority of the classes in the Teacher’s College were theoretical. Courses like Educational Psychology, Foundations of Education, and Multicultural Education all tackled the philosophical approach to teaching. While I believe that these are important courses, the gist of the information that consistently was reinforced in these classes are that students do best by doing. This approach didn’t appear within the Teacher’s College until my fourth year at Ball State, where I was able to begin applying some of what I’d learned in practicum classes and ultimately student teaching. The previous courses did little to prepare me, and truthfully just served to pad my grade. On several occasions, it felt like standards were lowered by faculty in order to pass as many teachers through as possible. I feel that a more rigorous, hands-on approach for the years preceding student teaching would craft better teachers.” -Brent D., student at Ball State University
stars-3
Student Review: “My experience at BSU was overall very positive. There was a big emphasis on methodology and personalized teaching to accommodate children rather than a one-size-fits-all education. Many of my courses gave me a firm background in child psychology and teaching methods that helped me know what kind of career I’m going into. There’s also a semester long in-class teaching component, which allowed me to actually put myself in a classroom and really teach. The one downside I’d say about the program is that the semester long teaching takes up an entire semester so it’s not very flexible. It made me have to attend college for five years instead of four because of the inflexibility of the program itself. Aside from that, I found the teaching preparation program at BSU to be very effective.” -Evie H., student at Ball State University
stars-4
Student Review: “As a student at Ball State University majoring in Theatre Education, I feel like my time was split between experiences in the Teacher’s College and experiences in the College of Fine Arts, and my experiences in the College of Fine Arts within the Department of Theatre and Dance were definitely more useful to my student teaching experiences. I feel that I learned a lot from my Methods courses as well as my theatre content courses that was the knowledge which was most useful for being equipped to instruct in the classroom. Within the Teacher’s College, many of my courses were focused on adolescent psychology or a historical approach to teaching. My professors within the Teacher’s College were encouraging, but didn’t necessarily hold students to the highest standard when it came to coursework. In one case, a test accounting for 20% of our final grade was curved extensively to ensure that students wouldn’t fail out of the class and major. Within the theatre department, students were held to high standards, which helped to equip me to teach at peak performance and apply my knowledge in the classroom. Overall, the program is good, although I didn’t feel pushed by the Teacher’s College.” -Student at Ball State University
stars-4

Bethel College-Mishawaka
1001 W McKinley Ave
Mishawaka, IN 46545
(574) 259-8511

Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-8000
www.go.butler.edu

DePauw University
313 S Locust St
Greencastle, IN 46135-1772
(765) 658-4800
www.depauw.edu

Franklin College
101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, IN 46131-2623
(317) 738-8000

Grace College and Theological Seminary
200 Seminary Dr
Winona Lake, IN 46590-1274
(574) 372-5100
www.grace.edu

Huntington University
2303 College Ave
Huntington, IN 46750
(260) 356-6000
www.huntington.edu

Indiana State University
210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(812) 237-6311
www.indstate.edu

Student Review: “Being a part of the Elementary Education program at Indiana State University was a blessing to me. It provided me with the skills I would need to be successful in any teaching job I could ever wish for. There was plenty of observational experience as well as practicum experience that kept us busy at all times, as well as in touch with the children over our time in the program. The different ‘endorsements’ or ‘minors’ we were allowed to get by taking only four or five extra classes was another blessing in itself. My reading endorsement was a joy, and I simply had to take a few extra English/Literature classes to reach this goal. It takes a special kind of person with a special kind of education and heart to teach. Indiana State University molded this kind of person out of all of their teaching students.” -Sara C., student at Indiana State University
stars-4

Indiana University-Bloomington
107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
(812) 855-4848
www.indiana.edu

Student Review: “Although I enjoyed my time in the Education school at IU, I thought there were many things that could have been better. First, I do not believe that I spent enough time in the classroom prior to student teaching. I only went on one visit on one day to a school my Sophomore year. My second semester of Junior year, I had my first weekly field experience, but we were expected to travel an hour and a half to Indianapolis each week. Finally, my first semester senior year, I had another weekly field experience in Bloomington. I was lucky to get the teacher I was doing my student teaching with, so I was able to teach a few lessons. My classmates were not as lucky. I think I would have benefitted more from getting in a classroom a few times per week each semester. Also, I believe that as a Social Studies education major, I was required to take far too many in depth history classes like HIST-J 301 and HIST-J 400. These classes are seminars created for history majors and require so much extra work.” -Student at Indiana University-Bloomington
stars-3
Student Review: “At Indiana University, I participated in the alternative teacher education program called Community of Teachers (CoT). I absolutely loved this program, and feel it did an excellent job of teaching me to be a teacher in a way that differed from the more traditional lecture/field work model. CoT has three main components: the mentorship, the portfolio, and the seminar. While it is required that you take some traditional methods classes, the mentorship part of the program means that I as a student had a lot more time in a classroom gaining valuable experience. The portfolio aspect was also a very real way of showing what sort of progress I made while I was completing my undergraduate degree. The seminar aspect gives opportunity for discussion with peers, as well as a way to network with other professionals in the field. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone looking into becoming a teacher because I believe in the long term, the structure of this program is one that makes better teachers.” -Student at Indiana University-Bloomington
stars-3

Indiana University-Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408-1197
(219) 980-6500
www.iun.edu

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
(260) 481-6100
www.ipfw.edu

Student Review: “While IU and Purdue are great choices, sometimes you just need something closer to home. Being a commuter campus and continuing studies campus, IPFW attracts students of all ages and of all walks of life to its programs. Helmke Library is great for local research, I’ve spent many nights cramming for exams in the 24-hour computer lab. The recently-added Rhinehart music center has provided a venue for the Omnibus Lecture Series, highlighting speakers as diverse as Cheech Marin and Sandra Day O’Connor. Overall, this is a great place to learn, and you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people trying to get ahead.” -Brock A., student at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
stars-4

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5143
(317) 274-5555
www.iupui.edu

Student Review: “The teacher preparation program at IUPUI is robust and outstanding. The program attracts students from all universities because its master’s program allows for the opportunity for hands-on learning throughout the community with internships and teacher shadowing courses. Many go on to teach at the public and private schools throughout the city and state. IUPUI’s teacher preparation program is unique because it is very diverse with students of all ages, races, religions, goals and experiences. Not everyone is a traditional student, and many are coming back to school to further their lives into something they truly want to do – teach!

Being centrally located in Indianapolis is key because it allows for a variety of job opportunities once the student graduates. Students at IUPUI usually have the leg up on returning students from more rural-based universities like Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.” -Student at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
stars-4

Indiana University-South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
(574) 520-4872
www.iusb.edu

Indiana University-Southeast
4201 Grant Line Rd
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2000
www.ius.edu

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S Washington St
Marion, IN 46953-4974
(765) 674-6901
www.cas.indwes.edu

Manchester College
604 College Ave
North Manchester, IN 46962
(260) 982-5000
www.manchester.edu

Marian College
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997
(317) 955-6000
www.marian.edu

Purdue University
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-4600
www.purdue.edu

Student Review: “My teacher preparation at Purdue was exceptional, but perhaps not for the reasons one usually reads. I know that for many teachers, the challenge of keeping up with changing paradigms is problematic, but Purdue taught me to think, and provided me with an exceptional foundation in my curricular area. Once I began teaching, I watched many of my peers truly struggle within their own subject areas, especially when new textbooks become available. My solid foundation in math means that I could and still do have the time to work on pedagogy now, because I’m not struggling with the “basics.” Purdue’s “work hard” approach also prepared me for real life jobs – the kind where you work until the work is done. Student grades must be entered, and sometimes you stay up late at night to get it done. The structure and rigor of the preparation means that I have the kind of work ethic required to do what needs to be done for my students.” -Student at Purdue University
stars-5

Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400
www.purduecal.edu

Student Review: “Purdue University Calumet’s teaching program is outstanding. The professors are great and most are former teachers themselves. They offer real world experience and advice for those starting out in the teaching world. The courses are challenging and require you to think outside the box for many of the assignments. Online courses are pretty standard with glitches in the system at times. Another drawback to this program is that the adviser can be hard to get in touch with and her schedule is always full. Other than that, it is a great program!” -Shelby E., student at Purdue University Calumet
stars-4

Saint Josephs College
US Highway 231
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-6000

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
St Hwy 150
Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

Taylor University
236 W Reade Ave
Upland, IN 46989-1001
(765) 998-2751
www.taylor.edu

Trine University
1 University Ave
Angola, IN 46703-1764
(260) 665-4100
www.trine.edu

University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722
(812) 488-2000
www.evansville.edu

University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
(317) 788-3368

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-5000
www.nd.edu

University of Saint Francis-Ft Wayne
2701 Spring St
Fort Wayne, IN 46808-3994
(219) 434-3100

University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd
Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 464-8600
www.usi.edu

Student Review: “The University of Southern Indiana overall is a decent school. The professors for the most part are nice and the class sizes are small for a good amount of learning. For a campus having over 10,000 students I do not find it to be too crowded at all besides the parking. This is the biggest issue with the school in my opinion. If you have an 11 AM class, you have to show up at around 8 AM just to find a decent parking spot. There is plenty to do around campus, including free Wifi at Starbucks in the massive library at the center of campus. If you are into working out and fitness the fitness center is up to date and about as good as it can get on a college campus.” -Lucas N., student at University of Southern Indiana
stars-4

Valparaiso University
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 464-5000
www.valpo.edu

Vincennes University
1002 N First St
Vincennes, IN 47591
(812) 888-8888

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&sort=best