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Several licensure actions are completed by the College of Education Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure (OPPL), and some are completed by P-12 educators working directly with the Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD).  Please note that Indiana licensing rules and regulations are subject to change by the Indiana Department of Education.  The following links provide the most current in-state and out-of-state licensing rules and regulations. 

There are three Indiana professional educator licenses: Instructional, School Services, and Administrator. There are three levels for licenses: 2-year Initial Practitioner (IP), 5-year Proficient Practitioner (PP), and 10-year Accomplished Practitioner (AP). The licenses reflect the standards for which the educator has demonstrated competence. The license lists the grade levels/school setting and content area(s) for which the educator has demonstrated proficiency.


New School Counselor Test Requirement

The Pearson CORE content test for School Counselor will be required for all school counselor license applications submitted on or after June 1, 2015.  No pedagogy test is required for school counselors.  At the time registration opens for the School Counselor test there will be test preparation materials, including a practice test, available on the CORE assessment website.

Pedagogy Test Requirement

Beginning February 10, 2014, a new pedagogy test requirement will be implemented.  All candidates will be held to the new test requirement.

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has just made a ruling that only December 2013 program completers will be allowed to complete and pay for the Indiana Department of Education online license application (LVIS), including the submission of CPR/AED and Suicide Prevention Training certifications, prior to February 10, 2014.  This is a change of an email sent earlier that stated May 2014 and August 2014 program completers also would be allowed to complete the application process in order to avoid having to meet the Pearson Pedagogy test requirement. 

All May 2014, August 2014 and subsequent program completers are REQUIRED to successfully complete the Pearson Pedagogy test for Indiana licensure.

Important Dates to Remember

Prior to February 10, 2014

Candidates who will complete their teacher education programs in December 2013 must complete and pay for the LVIS online license application, including submission of CPR/AED and Suicide Prevention Training certifications, in order to avoid having to meet the Pearson Pedagogy test requirement. The LVIS online license application is located at www.doe.in.gov/licensing/lvis.  An Applicant Manual is provided for your use.  You will apply for the Original Instructional license for whichever content areas you are completing at Purdue University.  You will list Purdue University as the recommending institution.  As soon as you complete, submit and pay for the application, you will receive verification from the IDOE System Administrator that your application has been submitted and pending advisor review.  This means that Purdue University has received your license application, and it will be in pending status until your degree posts to the Purdue transcript.

February 10, 2014   

Pearson Pedagogy and Content tests implemented

Information regarding the Pearson Pedagogy and Content tests is located at www.in.nesinc.com/Content/Docs/IN_test_requirements.pdf and www.in.nesinc.com

All December 2013 candidates who did NOT submit the LVIS application prior to this date (February 10, 2014), as well as May and August 2014 program completers  and all subsequent program completers, will be required to complete the Pearson pedagogy test.

NOTE: If May 2014 and August 2014 candidates were proactive and submitted and paid for the LVIS application, the application will be held until the degree posts to the   Purdue transcript or the program requirements have been satisfied by non-degree post-baccalaureate candidates. 

February 10 - May 31

Transition Period -- Candidates may take either the ETS Praxis II or Pearson Content test(s).

May 31, 2014

The last day Praxis II may be successfully completed and accepted for Indiana licensure.

June 1, 2014             

Only Pearson tests accepted for Indiana licensure. 

All Praxis II tests successfully completed by May 31, 2014 will be honored by the IDOE for licensure at a later date.

All candidates who have not passed all sections of the Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education Praxis II tests will be required to complete all sections of the Pearson content tests.

In regard to Physical Education and Health licensure exams, these two content area exams are in the process of being developed for the Indiana CORE Assessments program by Pearson as separate exams. These exams will not be ready by the February 10, 2014 date. The IDOE has arranged with ETS for the continued use of the Praxis II PE and Health exams.

NOTE:  Licensure requirements are subject to change by the Indiana Department of Education.  Go to http://www.doe.in.gov/licensing for the most current information.

NEW! Indiana Department of Education Suicide Prevention Training Requirement for Licensure 

As of July 1, 2013, all individuals applying for an initial teaching license (including instructional [P-12], student services and administrative licenses) 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.  

Note: This requirement does not apply to a completed license application submitted and paid for in the LVIS online application system prior to July 1, 2013 even though the license may not be processed by licensing advisors or OELD staff until July 1, 2013 or after. 

For details on suicide prevention training and resources, click here

CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification Requirement

Effective July 1, 2012, all individuals applying for an original initial practitioner license or permit (substitute permits and educational interpreter permits are exempt) and/or the renewal of an existing license will be required to meet the CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification requirement. Individuals will be required to attach documentation of CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification to the LVIS online license application. 

The certification must verify completed training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and Heimlich Maneuver (including a test demonstration on a mannequin and removal of a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway through the Heimlich Maneuver).

Information about the CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification can be accessed by clicking on the CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification link under the Quick Links.

Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA)

A teacher licensure framework called the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) was signed by the Indiana governor on March 30, 2010. These rules apply to new beginners (Fall 2010) and others, who currently are enrolled in Indiana teacher education programs and will not complete their teacher education program by the state's deadline date.  

Individuals completing teacher education programs by May 2013 or August 2013 will be recommended for licensure under Rules 2002.   

All licensure requirements, including CPR/Heimlich Manenver/AED certification and Suicide Prevention certification (after July 1, 2013 for individuals who have not been recommended for licensing by June 30, 2013), must be completed and the online teacher license application submitted by August 1, 2013 to ensure that the license application process is completed by August 31, 2013.  

Expanded Criminal History

All individuals who are finalist for a teaching position in Indiana must obtain an "Expanded Criminal History Check" (ECH).Individuals will follow school policies and procedures.


Office of Professional Preparation & Licensure
Purdue University College of Education
Beering Hall, Room 3229
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Main Office: (765) 494-2345
Fax: (765) 494-0587
Email: licensure@purdue.edu

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
except university holidays