Teaching in Indiana offers a diverse mix of opportunities suitable to meet anyone’s needs. Indiana is made up of successful suburban districts, developing rural areas and a struggling urban region in and around Indianapolis. Although teachers in Indiana are paid slightly less than the national average, the state offers a low cost of living and several alternative pathways for those looking to make a difference in a changing education landscape.
Teachers have a powerful voice in Indiana, as evidenced in their recent successful efforts to repeal the implementation of the Common Core standards. The state is at a critical juncture, where state, district and schools are all working to change a system that is currently not serving all of it students. The legislature is constantly passing comprehensive legislation aimed at reforming the state system, which means it’s a great opportunity for innovative teachers and leaders to get involved and make a difference.
Math Teacher Certification in Indiana
Math Teaching Qualifications
Indiana requires that certified teachers hold a bachelor’s degree, complete an accredited certification program and pass both a basic skills and content-area test. The Basic Skills testing requirement can be met either by the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) or by an approved alternate assessment. If needed, teachers must take the appropriate Praxis II: Subject Area Tests.
Credentials & Exams
There are three levels of teacher licensure in Indiana:
- The first is the Initial Practitioner license. This license is available for new teachers and requires participation in the Beginning Teacher Mentorship Program during the first year. During the second year of teaching, teachers create and present a professional portfolio. After successful completion of these requirements, the superintendent will recommend a teacher for the next type of license.
- The next (and most common) level of licensure is the Proficient Practitioner license. This is a five-year renewable license.
- The third level of certification is the Accomplished Practitioner license, which is typically available to those who have earned Masters degrees or National Board Certification.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
here are three alternative certification routes available in Indiana:
- The first is the Transition to Teaching program, which is designed to encourage professionals with content expertise to enter the teaching profession.
- A second option is the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program. This program is available to individuals without an education background who wish to teach in high-need subject areas and schools. Fellows undergo extensive summer training and receive support and mentoring during their time in the classroom. Fellows earn a Master’s degree while teaching.
- A third option is the Indiana Troops to Teachers program, which is available to veterans wishing to enter the teaching profession.
Financial Aid for IN Math Teachers
- Indiana Minority Teacher/Special Education Scholarship: This scholarship is available to minority undergraduate students enrolled full-time in a teacher certification program.
- Teacher Creativity Fellowship: This grant funds 100 projects at up to $10,000 each for Indiana teachers.
- Damon P. Moore Scholarship: A $1,000 (renewable annually for three additional years) scholarship awarded to a minority student pursuing teaching certification.
- Justine M. Harrell Memorial Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship (renewable annually) is awarded to a student with financial need who wishes to pursue a teaching career.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Indiana
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Indiana teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Indiana are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI: average of $72,270 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI: average of $60,850 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN: average of $59,840 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI: average of $59,280 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN: average of $57,100 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Columbus, IN||$47,420||$53,610||not provided||$53,130|
|Fort Wayne, IN||$51,230||$50,520||$54,610||$51,670|
|Lafayette, IN||$53,240||not provided||$51,250||$52,390|
|Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN||$55,300||$56,590||$55,540||$55,980|
|Michigan City-La Porte, IN||$51,600||$48,100||$50,700||$51,610|
|South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI||$51,960||$49,780||$48,310||$51,780|
|Terre Haute, IN||$51,450||$45,280||$50,830||$52,000|
Math Teaching Degrees in Indiana
Below we've listed all of the Indiana math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Indiana Math Teachers
Indiana Department of Education
South Tower, Suite 600115 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Indiana has not adopted the Common Core Standards. Learn more about math standards for Indiana here.
Teacher Shortages in MathIndiana reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 6-8.
Expenditure per Student: $11,129
Indiana’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $11,129, or 100.5% of the national average. (Source: NEA)