To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a Bachelor’s degree, post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams and all state required exams.
Note: If you completed the BAISK8 or BAELED program, please click here for application instructions.
WGU Indiana students will apply as out-of-state applicants for licensure. The Indiana Department of Education evaluates WGU Indiana applicants on the basis that they completed a program that is state-approved by WGU’s home-state of Utah. Follow the process below to prepare your application for an initial teaching license in Indiana.
Step 1: Read Indiana's instructions for applicants who have completed an out-of-state program.
Step 2: Apply for your license online through the LVIS Portal. WGU Indiana graduates must select "Utah" as the state in which they completed their program and manually write in "Western Governors University - Indiana" in the corresponding field. Please note that failure to designate WGU as your recommending institution may result in delays in the licensure process. You will be able to upload exam scores and pay the application fee through the LVIS portal.
Step 3: Read the information on the requirement for CPR-Heimlich Maneuver Certification. You will need to complete such training provided by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association and provide verification of certification to the IN DOE. As of July 1, 2012, all applicants for both initial licensure and renewal must show proof of valid CPR/AED/Heimlich certification.
Step 4: All individuals applying for an initial teaching license will be required to show evidence of successfully completing education and training on the prevention of child suicide and the recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. More information about this requirement is available on the Indiana Department of Education web site here. For a list of suicide prevention intervention training programs, visit the Indiana State Suicide Prevention website here.
Step 5: Upload copies of official transcripts from every college/university you have attended and email them to email@example.com. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program.
Step 6: If you are applying for an administrative license, then you must obtain a letter on official letterhead signed by the authorized administrator in the school district where you are employed verifying that you have at least two years of full-time certified teaching experience. The letter must indicate your dates of employment, the grade level(s) and subject area(s) you taught, and the accreditation status of the school(s) in which you taught.
Step 7: Upload verification of CPR-Heimlich Maneuver Certification and letter verifying your teaching experience (for administrative license applicants) to your LVIS application. For initial teacher licensure candidates, when asked to upload a "photocopy of valid out of state teaching license" and "verification of experience in content area", you may upload Word documents in each respective field stating that you do not possess such documentation.
Step 8: Once you have submitted your online application, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request that a certification officer review it. Once licensure has reviewed your application and verified that all required documentation has been submitted, your application will be sent to and processed by the Indiana Department of Education.
Article Number: 19609, 1309