Educator Preparation Program

Frequently Asked Questions

chalkboardWhat is the Educator Preparation Program at Hanover College?

* Special Education Dual Certification grades K - 12

* Elementary Education Major and Teacher Certification grades K - 6

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

Approved Programs for Teacher Licensing in Indiana

Art  K-12 (Fine Arts/Visual Arts Major) 
Physical Education and Health

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.)

  1. 1. When can I start taking Education courses?
  2. There are no prerequisites for the following courses:

  3. EDU 172  Exploring the Arts  (required for Elementary Education only
    EDU 221 Education and the American Culture
    EDU 231 Education Law and Ethics

* EDU 352 Professional Collaboration (Special Education program course) Additional Special Education course may be taken without admission by permission of the instructor. 

Upper level (Methods) classes may not be taken until one has applied for and been accepted into one of the Education Department programs. This should take place early of the sophomore year. Late admits may have course scheduling/ sequencing issues, but we make every effort to assist.

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

Make certain to meet with both your Education Adviser AND the Student Services Coordinator/Licensing Adviser (Cheryl Torline) during EVERY Advising period. State required exams are the biggest delay factor for our students!

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 regarding these requirements.  There are likely specific forms that must be completed and our licensing advisor will be happy to help you with licensing issues and procedures. 

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

Students should begin to prepare their applications anytime after taking EDU 221 but not later than the end of Winter Term of the Sophomore year.  The requirements for admission are:

1.Basic Skills Assessment scores which could be any ONE of the following:  

  • 24+  on the ACT
  • 1100+ on the SAT
  • 220+ on the CASA in each of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
    NOTE: This is a state requirement.

2. Essay of 1,000 words from the specific prompt found in the Application utility on My Hanover which reflects your writing ability and your passion for teaching.

3. 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.

4. A clear judicial and academic honesty record.

5. A minimum GPA of 2.5

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

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

*The Teacher Education Committee reads and votes upon all completed applications. Any application which does not meet the above seven requirements will not go to the Committee until all requirements are complete.

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

Most All Education courses including entry-level courses EDU 221 and EDU 231 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, Cincinnati, Indianapolis or via The Philadelphia Center.  All other teacher education candidates complete a three-day urban school experience following their student teaching, so all Hanover College Program Completers do have some urban teaching experience.

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

Hanover now offers a dual licensing program for K -12 Special Education (Mild Intervention) which can be completed this alongside their Elementary or Secondary Education studies. Licensed teachers may also complete this coursework. Classes are evenings, summers, and online.

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, or camp educational programing, coaching, teaching abroad, or work in daycare, preschool, or as teaching assistants.  

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 to help 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

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