Admission Requirements

How to apply for the TEP

When you are nearly finished with your general education requirements, you will apply for admission to IUPUC’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) in order to begin your professional education and training.

The TEP is a cohort-based experience, so you progress through the program with a group of your peers, forming tight-knit bonds that will last throughout your career.

To be admitted, you must meet basic eligibility criteria and complete these step-by-step instructions. Depending on when you are admitted, you will begin your professional education courses during the fall or spring semester. 

Program Admission Policy Change
Effective Date: January 20, 2021

Beginning with the fall 2021 admission cycle, the Division of Education at IUPUC will no longer require candidates for admission to obtain threshold scores on the ACT, SAT, or Praxis CORE for admission to the IUPUC Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree program. This change is being made in response to updates made to the teacher education program accreditation standards by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Candidates for admission to the fall 2021 cohort (and beyond) of the IUPUC elementary education degree program will need to obtain and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and complete or be enrolled in the courses required for admission to the program.

Please contact Chris Walcott,, if you have any questions regarding this program policy change.


  • To join the cohort beginning in the SPRING, apply for TEP admission by October 7 during the preceding fall.
  • To join the cohort beginning in the FALL, apply for TEP admission by March 7 during the preceding spring.

We begin reviewing TEP admission applications on the first business day after the due date.

  • Admission to the TEP is competitive.
  • Applications are accepted until all available spots are filled.

If there are more applicants than available space, your application will be ranked by GPA and completion of prerequisites and other requirements. Meeting GPA and other requirements means you will be considered for but not guaranteed admission.

To apply for admission to the TEP, you must:

  1. Be an admitted IUPUC student. Learn how to apply.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Complete, or be enrolled in, all prerequisite classes at the time of application. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better; a C– or lower is not acceptable. See the appropriate degree requirements checklist.
  4. Complete the online TEP application.

You will be notified via e-mail if you have any missing application materials. If you are notified, you will need to provide the missing information before your application can be formally reviewed for admission.

If your application is complete and you can be conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the TEP, you will be notified by a letter of admission delivered via U.S. mail.

Once admitted, you must complete both an expanded criminal history and Department of Child Services (DCS) check. We will provide you with directions on how to obtain these checks. You will need to make sure that the results are sent electronically to the Division of Education for your academic file.

Teacher candidates will be required to obtain criminal history and DCS checks twice during the professional education classes. The first check will be required at the beginning of the first semester in professional education classes (fall or spring cluster), and the second check will be required at the beginning of the pre-student teaching cluster (third semester of professional education classes).

Schools used for field placements and student teaching require that a current criminal history check and DCS check for all TEP students be on file.

We are not responsible for disruptions to your studies or ability to complete program requirements due to the decisions of schools regarding your placement based on the results of your criminal history and/or DCS check.