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Educator Preparation Program

Frequently Asked Questions

chalkboardWhat is the Educator Preparation Program at Hanover College?

Elementary Education Degree and Certification (k-6)

Special Education: Mild Interventions Dual Certification (p-12) 

Secondary Education Certification (5-12) with the following Majors (plus an optional double major in Secondary Education)

Certification Programs for Teacher Licensing in Indiana

Art - all grade or 5-12

French - all grade or 5-12

Spanish - all grade or 5-12

Physical Education and Health - all grade or 5-12

Theater - all grade or 5-12

Secondary Programs (5-12)
Biology (5-12)


Earth and Space Science (Geology Major)

Life Science  (Biology or Environmental Biology Major)


English Language Arts (English Major)



Government (Political Science Major)

Historical Perspectives (History Major)

* After initial licensing in one of the above areas, teachers may also add content areas to their license by passing the corresponding CORE test.
  (i.e. economics, geography, sociology, psychology, etc.)


When can I start taking Education courses?

We encourage students to take EDU 221 at the earliest opportunity! EDU 221 is required before students can apply to admission to the Program.

There are no prerequisites for the following courses and these can be taken at any time and in any order.

EDU 172  Exploring the Arts  - Required (Elementary Education only)

EDU 231 Education Law and Ethics - Required (Elementary and Secondary Education)

EDU 252 Professional Collaboration - Required for MI Dual Certification/EDU Elective

EDU 253 Instruction and Assessment - Required for MI Dual Certification/EDU Elective

EDU 254 Special Education Law & Policy - Required for MI Dual Certification/EDU Elective

EDU 255 Classroom Management & PBIS - Required for MI Dual Certification/EDU Elective

EDU 256 Learning Environments & Transition - Required for MI Dual Certification/EDU Elective

EDU 306 Educational Technology - Elective

*EDU 260 Special Topics Courses - Elective 

Upper level (Methods) classes may only be taken by formally admitted teacher candidates. Application can be made as soon as students meet the state and program requirements for admission but should not be later that Winter term of the sophomore year.

How do I know I am on track to be certified in Education by the time I graduate?

Request an education professor as your academic advisor after Hanover 101.  Meet with them during every advising period. Meet with our Student Services Coordinator/Teacher Licensing Advisor for additional advising.  Do not procrastinate and achieve admission as early as possible - delays in attempting/passing admission exams are the biggest obstacle to students. Advising sheets are available to monitor all requirements under Entry Level under the Resources & Documents tab above.

If I compete Teacher Preparation and Certification at Hanover, can I teach in other states outside of Indiana?

Hanover College Educator Preparation Program readies you for an Indiana Teacher License.  Most other states have some version of license reciprocity with Indiana. Several states require that a teacher be licensed in the state in which they obtained their degree and training. It is always better to go to another state as a certified and licensed teacher.  Education laws and requirements can change frequently and vary from state to state. Hanover College ensures that you are prepared for an Indiana teacher license.  Other states will have different required teacher competency exams or may require that all licensed teachers take a specific course not required in Indiana.  Please be proactive and research licensing requirements for the state you are interested in and communicate with your education advisor and the Education Licensing Advisor regarding these requirements by the junior year.  At minimum, there are likely specific forms that must be completed and our licensing advisor is happy to help you with out of state licensing issues and procedures. 

How and when do I apply to the Education program at Hanover College? 

Students hoping to enter the EPP should begin to prepare for the application process by taking/retaking the ACT or SAT or PRAXIS Core as necessary in order to meet the score minimums listed below.  The application deadline is November 15th of each year - all sophomores should submit their application by this date so Education faculty can advise you as needed. Only applications that meet all the requirements for admission are considered by TEC and this can be done when the applicant achieves all requirements:

1.Completion of EDU 221 with strong early fieldwork dispositional feedback from EDU 221 and other 200 level courses

2. Meeting ONE of the Admission Exam Score requirements. These are:

  • ACT Reading (21.25 score minimum) + ACT Math (21.26 score minimum)
  • SAT Reading (543.33 score minimum) + SAT Math (532.50 score minimum)
  • PRAXIS Core Reading (168.06 score minimum) + PRAXIS Core Math (162.14 score minimum)

Students who do not have the required scores for admission to the Educator Preparation Program should retake the the SAT or ACT or PRAXIS until they have achieved these passing scores. Students who narrowly miss the cutoffs may appeal for admission based on a point system of criteria. The EPP must meet an overall percentage as required by our accreditation agency (CAEP). 

*Although admission to Hanover College is "test optional", admission to the Educator Preparation Program is not.

3. Essay of 1,000 words from the specific essay Instructions prompt and rubric found in with the Application on My Hanover which reflects your writing ability and your passion for teaching.

4. Recommendations from two Hanover College professors  - one of which must have instructed you in a course. Your academic advisor is another good choice for a recommendation. Applicants should ask permission to use the professor(s) for a reference and the professors will then be contacted as part on the online application process.Education professors nor current Teacher Education Committee members are eligible for giving references.

5. A clear judicial and academic honesty record.

6. A minimum GPA of 2.67 (firm)

7. Completion of the online application form via My Hanover (under the Academics tab).

8. A successful Decision Point One interview with a team of TEC members

*The Teacher Education Committee reads and votes upon all completed applications which meets all criteria for admission.

How early in Education coursework am I exposed to a real classroom? 

Most Education courses (including entry-level course EDU 221) require field experience in K-12 classrooms , with real children/adolescents.  Students will have at least 100 hours of classroom experience before going into 14 full weeks of student teaching for certification completion. NOTE: all courses with field experiences require a yearly background check from Safe Hiring Solutions (see the ABOUT web page).

Do I have an opportunity to be in urban school setting?   

Strong Hanover College teacher candidates do have an opportunity to complete their 14 weeks of student teaching in an urban school in Louisville, Indianapolis or via The Philadelphia Center or Wartburg College West in Denver, CO.  If these options interest you - discuss this with your Education advisor.

What is the Special Education program? Can I complete it alongside my elementary or secondary program?

Hanover now offers a "Teaching Diverse Learners" dual certification program for P -12 Special Education.  This program in Mild Interventions can be completed alongside the Elementary or Secondary Education studies. Licensed Indiana teachers may also complete this coursework for a license addition. Classes are held in the evening as well as two that are online in the two summer terms. Undergrads are required to complete an integrated student teaching assignment. An additional CORE exam is required for licensing but completers are eligible for working in a P-12 Special Education setting.

What is the placement rate for Hanover's certified graduates? 

About 99% of Hanover College Education Program Completers were hired to teach in public or private schools beginning the fall after their graduation.  Other graduates chose to volunteer for organizations like the Peace Corps or work for entities like the JET program, Boys and Girls Clubs Of America, private tutoring centers,  museum, national parks, law school, camps,  educational programming, coaching, teaching abroad, or work in daycare, preschool, or as teaching assistants.  Some choose to have a break year before settling into a classroom.

What if I have more questions? 

Even if you are not sure that you want to teach, our faculty and staff members are happy to guide you through the process of helping you decide! Email them to make an appointment or contact Cheryl Torline in the Education Student Services office in Newby Hall Room 6 or email to torline@hanover.edu

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