2013-2014 Catalog


Teaching Certificate Programs

The Teaching Certificate Programs provide an 18 credit hour post-baccalaureate program for teachers seeking additional content areas with respect to teaching licensure. Candidates completing the 18 credit hour program gain content and pedagogical content knowledge related to professional teaching standards for the content area in which they are seeking additional licensure. Prior to applying to the program, candidates are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their state and whether or not IWU's Teaching Certificate Program will satisfy the requirements of the state in which they are seeking licensure.

The mission of the Teaching Certificate Program is to prepare teacher leaders to provide advanced knowledge in a specific content area leading to additional licensure that translates into effective teaching performances and dispositions, all of which are focused on improving P-12 student learning.

The Teaching Certificate Program provides advanced study beyond the baccalaureate degree to meet the professional needs of practicing teachers. Outcomes and expectations associated with developing master teachers as World Changers are:

  • Leading curricular change. Candidates are proficient in curriculum development and implementation; knowledge of curriculum and subject matter is used to create positive change in classrooms, schools, and districts.
  • Implementing instructional effectiveness. Candidates are proficient in the knowledge, dispositions, and skills needed for effective teaching; effective teaching results in successful student learning.
  • Managing classroom learning. Candidates manage the classroom learning environment to create success for all students.
  • Practicing reflective assessment. Candidates manage their continued learning and professional development through continuous reflection about their teaching knowledge, dispositions, skills, and practices.
  • Building learning networks. Candidates create professional partnerships to create learning opportunities for themselves and their students.

The curriculum will be completed in the order established by Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Teaching Certificate Programs are as follows:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed or a graduate GPA of 3.0 or hire from master’s degree granting institution.
  • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license. At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial school in the United States or abroad.
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.

Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the Teaching Certificate Program candidates must have completed the following:

  • Successful completion of the 18 credit hour curriculum associated with the content area for which they are seeking licensure.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Successfully pass all Key Assessments with a score of a "3" or "4" for all rubric criteria.
  • Successfully pass all Professional Dispositions with a score of a "3" or "4" for all rubric criteria.
  • Successfully pass all Clinical Experience requirements required.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.


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