Corps members new to teaching will have the opportunity to earn their teaching certification through a master's degree at Relay Graduate School of Education, our graduate school partner. Most corps members will be able to qualify for AmeriCorps funding that covers the full cost of tuition. Traditionally trained corps members can pursue advanced licensure to support their ongoing learning and development.
Becoming Certified to Teach
Corps members who are not traditionally trained will be certified under a temporary Transition to Teaching permit. The following exam may be required to obtain this permit:
- Pearson exam, which aligns with your undergraduate major and with the content area that you'll be teaching. If your major and content are the same, you will only have to take one exam. Elementary, pre-k/ECE, and special education teachers do not have to take Pearson
Please do not register for any exams unless communicated by regional staff.
The Transition to Teaching permit certifies you to be in an Indiana classroom for three years and is renewable. After completing your two years in the classroom with your permit, you will be recommended for your Indiana teaching license. This will be a five-year teaching license and is renewable. This license can also be transferred to most other states via the reciprocal license process (which varies depending on the state you are transferring to).
You will qualify for the Transition to Teaching permit because you will be enrolled in Relay Graduate School of Education's master of arts in teaching (MAT) program. This program is only offered to individuals who are not traditionally trained teachers (non-certified education majors). There is no out-of-pocket cost for this program for those who have not received an AmeriCorps award previously. At the end of your second year, as long as you are in good standing with Relay, you will have earned your MAT degree.
Master's degree, Relay Graduate School of Education: Beginning with the 2020 cohort, corps members who are not traditionally trained will enter the master's program track at Relay for an MAT degree during their two years in the corps. Upon earning the degree, they will be recommended for an Indiana teaching license.
- Note: Members of the 2019 Indy corps will finish their master's programs through Marian University.
Advanced licensure (master's degree options): Corps members who are already traditionally trained may pursue an advanced degree. Please contact Ryan Calvin, Manager of Talent, to learn more.
Teach For America Training
Members begin transitioning to the 2020 Indy corps through induction (May 26-29), a one-week introduction with programming that covers Teach For America's core tenets, values, and theory of change; initiates diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training; informs on the Indy historical and education landscape; provides opportunities to connect with current corps members and alumni in various career sectors; and prepares corps members for institute.
Institute takes place in Atlanta for five weeks of training in early/mid-summer, June 1-July 2. During it, you'll gain integral development through co-teaching, collective learning, and self-reflective practices. Indy corps members join more than eight other TFA regions in this experience.
When they return to Indy after institute, corps members will participate in Summer One (July 13-17) a one-week introduction to Relay combined with TFA orientation that provides the opportunity for them to learn more about Relay, unpack their institute experience, and prepare to apply their learning to their Indy experience. During this time, they'll also continue DEI training and be informed about expectations and logistics, as well as find out about their coach and coaching cohort for the year.
Corps member development coaches at TFA Indy provide ongoing 1:1 and small group mentorship and coaching throughout corps members' two-year commitments.
In addition to TFA support, corps members will also receive professional development from their schools; teacher training through Relay Graduate School of Education (if not traditionally trained) culminating in a master's degree; diversity, equity, inclusion training, and vision-setting through all-corps professional development days; ongoing differentiated programming within cohorts; and optional alumni mentorship. We strive to provide an abundance of support and development for corps members to provide an excellent education for their students and to develop as systems change leaders.