New Requirements For Indiana Teachers
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Beginning this summer, requirements for Indiana teachers to renew their teaching licenses will increase as they will now have to complete a 15-hour externship with a company as one of their options for renewal.

Holders of Professional Educator Licenses are required to renew their license every five years with the state. During this period, they are required to acquire 90 points according to the DOE's professional growth plan, or PGP. PGP has already existed, but legislators are changing the requirements of attaining points.

Effective July 1st, 2019, teachers who want to renew their licenses will be required to complete 15 of the 90 PGP points required for renewal in one of three ways.

The first way is they can complete an externship with a company. They can go to the company or have representatives from the company come to their school to educate them.

Secondly, teachers can participate in professional development provided by the state, a local business, or a community partner that provides opportunities for school and employers to partner in promoting career navigation.

Thirdly, they can participate in professional development that outlines current and future economic needs of the community, state, nation, and globe and how these needs can be disseminated to students. This third option has to receive under the state, a local business, or a community partner.

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse (R - District 14) said the new requirement will help students prepare for the workforce.