Pre-Licensing Assessments

Testing requirements for teacher licensure in Indiana

The state of Indiana requires that you pass certain tests and report the results if you are applying for a teaching license. You will need to demonstrate proficiency in three areas—basic skills, pedagogy, and at least one content area in the teaching major.

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Basic Skills Assessment

There are two ways to demonstrate basic skills proficiency—take the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) or take one of several alternative assessments.

Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)

The Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) in Math, Reading, and Writing is required for all candidates seeking admisson to teacher preparation programs in Indiana. You must pass each subtest, and the minimum passing score is 220. (Composite scores do not apply when taking CASA.)

Note: If you have a master's degree or doctorate from a regionally accredited institution you are exempt from this requirement.

Alternatives to CASA

The following alternative assessments are acceptable to demonstrate basic skills proficiency at the time of admission to a teacher preparation program:

  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Mathematics, Reading, English, and Science
  • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Mathematics
  • GRE revised General Test with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning (prior to 8/1/11)
  • GRE revised General Test with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning (after 8/1/11)

Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessments

Under the current licensing rule—REPA—a pedagogy/developmental exam is required for anyone applying for an initial practitioner instructional license. This exam covers the strategies of teaching, such as methodology, classroom management, student development and diversity, learning processes, learning environment, instructional planning, assessments, and professional environment. These topics are covered in teacher preparation programs at the IU School of Education at IUPUI.

You must pass the developmental area assessment that matches the grade level you are planning to teach—Early Childhood (P–3), Elementary School (K–6), Secondary School (5–12), or Preschool through Grade 12 (P–12).

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Content Area Assessments

At least one Indiana CORE content area assessment is required for initial teacher licensure. Over 50 content area assessments are available in Indiana.

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