When candidates complete their programs, they are eligible to be recommended for a teaching license. Applicants will apply online through the Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD). As of July 1, 2009, the Indiana State Police Limited Criminal History report is no longer required for a teaching license. Candidates will be required to complete an expanded criminal history check through the school corporation where they are hired. For the specific requirements, contact the central office at the school district where you obtain employment. The Office of Teacher Education Services confirms eligibility and verifies that the candidate has passed the necessary licensure exams. The application is then submitted to OELD. The license is usually issued within a week. The Initial Practitioner license is valid for two years. Candidates may submit their initial application on line. Please contact the Office of Teacher Education Services for information on this option.
The application for a license requires that each applicant answer the following questions, among others:
- Have you ever had a credential, certificate, or license to teach denied, revoked, or suspended in Indiana or in any other state?
- Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
- Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor since January 15, 1994?
If the answer to any of the three questions is "Yes" the applicant must provide a written statement of explanation. The OELD will also require court documents including (a) a chronological case summary, (b) affidavit of probable cause, (c) charging information, (d) plea agreement (if applicable), (e) judgment/order of sentencing, and (f) documentation of successful completion and/or release from any probation. Court records are obtained from the clerk of the court in the county where you were convicted. If you have any questions, you should contact the Indiana Department of Education.
Any individual desiring to become a teacher (or other professional school personnel) should observe the following suggestions:
- Do not become involved in any activities which could possibly lead to a felony or misdemeanor conviction even if they are not considered "serious" by some individuals.
- If such a conviction does happen, before proceeding any further with a teaching curriculum, have your attorney contact the Indiana Department of Education to see if the conviction would disqualify you for a license, regardless of the particular offense.
- Complete the license application accurately and truthfully. Even if you have had a misdemeanor conviction for a "minor" offense, admit it and provide the required documentation. Lying on a license application is grounds for disqualification or revocation!