Educator Preparation Program

Prospective Teacher Candidates

student teacher Ally Howard


The short version is that students may apply to the Educator Preparation Program at Hanover College after the successful completion of EDU 221, but NO LATER than the end of the winter term of the sophomore year.  We strongly encourage any student interested in teacher certification to complete a CHANGE OF ADVISOR FORM and to contact one of the Education Faculty members for early Education advising. Planning is critical and this will not affect your relationship with your Hanover 101 Instructor/Advisor. 

NOTE: The deadline for declaring your major is February of the Sophomore year - this can be done earlier but students cannot declare an Elementary Education major or enroll in junior level EDU courses if they have not formally been admitted by the Teacher Education Committee. We strongly encourage students to apply to the program as early as possible!  *Please see the APPLYING tab at left for information on application requirements.

While students can be admitted later, it may impact their ability to choose their student teaching assignment or even finish the program and major requirements on time, requiring an extra semester or two.  It definitely impacts the room you will have for electives and options like study abroad.  The biggest delay comes from not having the required CASA exam scores on file.  We do have events and meetings and reminders to help so that first years and sophomores are prepared for the three target dates of Nov. 1, Feb. 1, and May 1.

First year, transfers, and other pre-candidate students may take the following and are encouraged to do so prior to junior year.

EDU 172  (Exploring the Arts) Required for Elementary Education majors who have not had EDU 171 or EDU 216. Not required for Secondary Certification.
Satisfies the W1 ACE and partially satisfies the LA CCR

EDU 221(Education and the American Culture) Required for both secondary and elementary certifications and needed prior to applying for admission to any Education Certification Program. 

Satisfies the W2 ACE

EDU 231 (Education Law and Ethics) Required for both Elementary and Secondary Education.  

Satisfies the W2 ACE. *not needed if have taken EDU 230

EDU 240 (Children's Literature) a wonderful elective class for elementary and middle school bound teachers

EDU 352 (Professional Collaboration) Required for Special Education Dual Certification - good elective for all EDU 

All higher level courses are only for teacher candidates who have met the criteria below and have applied for and have been formally admitted to the Educator Preparation Program - Decision Point One of the Program. Students can apply any time after completing EDU 221 but must be admitted by the end of the sophomore year.  Later admission is by appeal and will likely cause issues with course sequencing. 

Overview of Admission Requirements for Hanover's Educator Preparation Program

 The state of Indiana has set specific entry criteria for pre-service teachers in any approved education preparation program (EPP) in the state.  Prior to admission to any educator preparation program, prospective Indiana educators are required to pass the Indiana CASA Assessments from Pearson Education which measure applicant proficiency in basic academic skills (reading/writing/mathematics) or meet an approved alternative assessment score. The following additional assessments/routes are acceptable for waiving of the CASA:

  • ACT composite score greater than or equal to 24 (based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science)
  • "Old SAT" (prior to March 1, 2016 with a score of at least 1100 based only on Critical Reading and Math
  • "New SAT" (March 1, 2016 or after) with a score of at least 1170 based only on Critical Reading and Math
  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on  Verbal and Quantitative prior to August 1, 2011
  • GRE with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative on or after August 1, 2011
  • Praxis 1 composite score of at least 527 based on Reading/Writing/Math if taken prior to August 1, 2013
  • Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution

Applicants who do not have one of the above minimum scores must take and pass all three sections of the CASA exam of basic skills (Reading, Writing, Mathematics). 
See for information and registration as well as our info on the CASA tab at left!

Additional Hanover College requirements include:

  • Completion of EDU 221 (Education and the American Culture) with good dispositions feedback.
  • Submission of the online application form via My Hanover under the Academics tab or this link: Education Program Application Form
  • GPA of at least 2.5 (note that GPA must rise to 2.67 both in the major and career for Decision Point Two)
  • Essay per rubric in the application
  • Two recommendations from Hanover College professors via the online application utility.  Education Department professors and Hanover faculty serving on the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) cannot recommend students for admission. (TEC for 2018-2019 is composed of faculty/staff members Ann Kirkland, David Buchman, Ken Prince, Debbie Hanson, Cheryl Torline). Academic advisors are a good choice and the other should be a professor that has instructed the applicant in class.
  • Successful Decision Point One Interview with members of TEC.

Please contact one of our faculty or staff members for any questions you may have about applying to EDU!

Just click on the name below:
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Dr. Dustin Bailey, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and Special Education

Dr. Debbie Hanson, Associate Professor Elementary Education

Professor Dava Roth, Assistant Professor of Education

Mrs.Cheryl Torline, Licensing Advisor and Department of Education Student Services Coordinator