Academic Programs

SMWC offers baccalaureate degree programs that prepare teacher candidates to obtain an Indiana initial teaching license. Candidates must follow the Indiana teacher licensing structure REPA (Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability).

Requirements

All baccalaureate degree programs and license areas require completion of the following:

Application Instructions

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Approved Minors

Teacher candidates wishing to obtain a license for elementary education, Kindergarten - Grade 6 must complete a “minor” in a REPA content area along with a “major” that includes general education, professional education and student teaching. The purpose of a “minor” as a curriculum requirement for the elementary generalist is to ensure that every elementary teacher will have the opportunity to specialize in a specific content area. The Education Department along with other College departments provides the following minors:

REPA Minors

SMWC Minors

The number of credit hours for a minor varies and is determined by the College department offering the minor. The content minor that is imbedded in the curriculum for the elementary generalist will not appear on the face of the issued teaching license. The dual license, Kindergarten-Grade 6/Mild Intervention, does not require a minor.

The Alternate/Transition to Teaching Program is a shorter but more intensive licensure program. Admission to an Alternate/Transition to Teaching Program requires an undergraduate degree. Additionally, admission to the Transition to Teaching Program Grades 5-12 requires a degree in the content area in which the applicant wishes to be licensed (For example, an applicant who wishes to teach mathematics must have a baccalaureate or master’s degree in mathematics.)

Review the admission criteria to see if you qualify:

  • 3.0 undergraduate G.P.A., or 2.5 G.P.A. with five years of applicable full-time professional experience, or a master’s degree
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Professional recommendations (3)
  • Criminal history background check

Additional admission requirement for Transition to Teaching Grades 5-12 only:

All Alternate/Transition to Teaching Programs require completion of the following:

Traditional Teacher Licensure Only Program

The Traditional Teacher Licensure Program prepares teacher candidates to obtain an Indiana Initial Practitioner Educator License. Candidates must already have a bachelor's degree. Candidates must follow the Indiana teacher licensing structure of REPA (Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability).

Curriculum Requirements

Follow each program’s link for specific coursework requirements. These links are PDF documents showing the license’s curriculum requirements.

Teaching FocusDelivery FormatREPA
Preschool-Grade 3 Education / Mild Intervention (P3/MI) Campus / Online PDF
Kindergarten-Grade 6 Education
(requires an approved minor
Campus & Online PDF
Kindergarten-Grade 6 / Mild Intervention Campus / Online PDF
Art Education: Preschool-Grade 12 Campus PDF
English Education: Grades 5-12 Campus / Online PDF
Life Science Education: Grades 5-12 Campus PDF
Mathematics Education: Grades 5-12 Campus / Online PDF
Social Studies Education: Grades 5-12 Campus / Online PDF
Special Education (Mild Intervention): Grades 5-12 Campus / Online PDF

All baccalaureate degree programs and license areas require completion of the following:

Educators who are pursuing or who already hold a valid Indiana Professional Educator License  may add additional content areas to their license.

Mild Intervention

For educators who are pursuing or already hold a Preschool/Primary Elementary license and want to add Mild Intervention at the same level.

Early Childhood/Mild Intervention

For educators who are pursuing or already hold a Kindergarten-Elementary license and want to add Birth-Preschool (with Mild Intervention).

Elementary Generalist: Grades 4, 5, 6 (Intermediate)

For educators who are pursuing or already hold a Preschool-Grade 3/Mild Intervention license and want to add grades 4, 5, and 6.

Mild Intervention: Kindergarten-Grade 6

For educators who are pursuing or already hold a Kindergarten-Elementary license and want to add special education (mild intervention) at the same level. 

Mild Intervention: Grades 4, 5, 6 (Intermediate)

For educators who are pursuing or already hold a Preschool-3rd grade/Mild Intervention license plus an Intermediate (grades 4, 5, and 6) license and want to add mild intervention at the intermediate level.

Mild Intervention: Grades 5-12 (Middle School/High School)

For educators who are pursuing or already hold a middle school/high school math, science, English/language arts, or social studies license at the middle school/high school level and want to add special education (mild intervention) at the same level.

Child Development Associate (CDA)

The Education Department offers courses to prepare students for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. The CDA credential is awarded by The Council for Professional Recognition to competent caregivers and home visitors who have demonstrated their ability to meet the CDA Competency Goals through their work in center-based home visitor, or family child care programs. Upon completion of the CDA courses, students are eligible to apply for the CDA credential from The Council for Professional Recognition [http://www.cdacouncil.org].

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Equivalency Coursework

Early Childhood/Mild Intervention

Early Childhood/Mild Intervention Associate Degree

The Early Childhood/Mild Intervention Associate Degree prepares students to care for and teach children ages birth through 7 in both early intervention and regular education settings.

This Associate Degree is often considered a “stepping stone” for students who wish to continue their studies for a baccalaureate degree. Two bachelor’s degree programs are built on the EC/MI associate degree, Early Childhood/Mild Intervention (non-license) and Preschool-Grade 3/Mild Intervention teaching license [P-3/MI].

Indiana Early Childhood Child Care Administrator Certificate

The Indiana Early Childhood Program Administrator Certificate awarded by T.E.A.C.H. Indiana indicates the effective administration of early care and education programs. Through the completion of course work and clinical experiences, child care professionals are able to demonstrate their competency in five areas: pedagogical, organizational systems, human resources, collaboration, and public policy.

Kindergarten-Grade 6 Education Associate Degree

The Kindergarten-Grade 6 Education Associate Degree prepares students to assist in teaching children in regular education settings. Generally students with this degree are in the role of a paraeducator or paraprofessional.

The Kindergarten-Grade 6 Education Associate Degree is often considered a “stepping stone” for students who wish to continue their studies for a Kindergarten-Grade 6 Education baccalaureate degree and a teaching license. Two bachelor’s degree programs are built on the K-Grade 6 associate degree, Kindergarten-Grade 6 with Minor and Kindergarten-Grade 6/Mild Intervention.