The IUPUI School of Education (SoE) is committed to preparing you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference—even if you didn't begin your academic career in education.
We know that not everyone follows the same path to a career in education, which is why we've created transition programs that help you achieve your goal of becoming a teacher—regardless of your background.
We offer two graduate alternative certification programs in Elementary and Secondary Education. The programs are the following: Aspiring Teacher Alternative Certification program (ATAC) or the District-Based Alternative Certification program (DBAC). Coursework in the ATAC or DBAC programs can be applied to a Master's degree in Elementary or Secondary Education.
Please be advised: The DBAC program is designed for students who are affiliated with one of our district partners, or a student who is currently employed by a school district/corporation. Students in the DBAC program, complete courses in the evening, in a designated school district, and they may also complete courses online.
Elementary Education Licensure Programs
The Elementary ATAC/DBAC program (K-6), begins once a year during the Fall semester. The ATAC/DBAC program is 24 credits; students who receive a (B) in their classes can apply 18 credits to the Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Student teaching is required and is coordinated by the program faculty. Currently, classes are being offered in-person and online. Please view our prospective student section for further information.
Secondary Education Licensure Programs
The Secondary ATAC/DBAC program (5-12), begins once a year during the Summer. The ATAC/DBAC program is 18 credits; students who receive a (B) in their classes can apply 18 credits to the Master’s degree in Secondary Education. Student teaching is required and is coordinated by the program faculty. Currently, classes are being offered in-person and online.
The following Secondary content areas are available:
• Biology (Life Science)
• Earth Space Science
• Political Science*
* Must complete History with this program
Please view our prospective student section for further information.
Note: You must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to beginning the ATAC/DBAC program.
Students admitted to the ATAC/DBAC program are eligible to complete a licensure addition in English as a New Language (ENL) or Special Education (Mild Intervention). The licensure addition will require the completion of an additional 21-24 credits. The courses for ENL/Special Education, are offered in the evening, 6-8:40 and/or online.
Note: In addition to successfully completing the ATAC/DBAC program, students seeking licensure must meet all current IDOE requirements.