One of the requirements for educator licensure is the successful completion of licensure exams. Exams can be intimidating, but that's what we're here for! And the best part is that if you've been accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), you've already gotten one of the licensure exam requirements out of the way (sneaky, aren't we?)!
Licensure exams are required to measure your performance in three areas of assessment:
- Core Academic Skills Assessment or CASA (alternatively, satisfactory SAT, ACT, or Praxis CORE scores will satisfy this requirement)
- Developmental (Pedagogy) Area Assessment
- You're required to compete one of four tests most relevant to the grade (or span of grades) you intend to teach.
- This test provides the licensing board with assurance that you're well-prepared to teach to your students' developmental levels.
- Content Area Assessment
- There are over available fifty content assessment areas! Depending on your goals as a teacher, you may only need to take one or you may need (or want) to take several.
You must earn a passing score in all three areas to be considered for licensure.
Which exams should I take?
There are a lot of different subjects, grades, competencies, etc... that a teacher may pursue, and so, there are a lot of different exams to match. Each candidate will need to pass at least one basic skills exam, at least one pedagogy exam, and at least one content area exam. It can be confusing, so we recommended meeting with one of our licensing advisors to make sure you're on the right track.
Ready to schedule your exams?
Students should use the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure website to learn details about and to schedule all required exams.
How to prepare for your exams
There are several resources available to you to help you prepare for Indiana CORE exams:
- Preparation materials (including study guides and practice exams) are available online from Indiana CORE Assessments (the company who conducts the exams).
- Indiana CORE Study Guides: 240Tutoring (email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access)
- Mometrix, aka CORE Assessment Study Guide and Practice Tests (IU Account Required)
If you're interested in licensure in a state other than Indiana, we strongly recommend seeking Indiana licensure then transferring your license to the other state. The transfer process is generally much smoother than applying directly to the other state.