Licensing
Dr. Del Gillispie

The Department of Education Office of Professional Licensure serves as a liaison between Valparaiso University students obtaining an educational license and the Division of Professional Standards (DPS), the state licensing agency in Indiana.  Under the Licensure Framework of DPS, the teaching license will reflect the standards for which the candidate has demonstrated competency through the completion of a degree program. Under REPA, licenses are available in grade configurations: P-3 (pre-K through grade 3), K-6, 5-9, 5-12, and P-12 (pre-K through grade 12). A REPA license will show what grade levels the license holder is eligible to teach for each content area.  

 

Del Gillispie, Ph.D.
Director of Licensure

Professional Educator License Advisor
Meier Hall, 117
Valparaiso, IN  46383
TEL:  219-464-5077
FAX: 219-464-6720
EMAIL: 
Del.Gillispie@valpo.edu 

 

INDIANA TEACHING LICENSE INFORMATION

Teacher candidates are eligible to receive a teaching license in their respective areas from the Indiana State Department of Education (DOE)—Division of Professional Standards (DPS) To be eligible to receive the teaching license, the candidate must present appropriate documentation to the appointed License Advisor of the Indiana institution which has an approved and accredited teacher preparation program. The Division of Professional Standards must have approved the college or university programs in the license areas being granted.  Click on the link above, once there click on the "Education & Training" Button then scroll down to "Resources for Educators" and click on Licensing Information.  This will get you the forms you need.

APPLY ON LINE - (NEW LVIS)

Initial Licensure


Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD) IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing and Development has updated their online
application process and the new site is up and running. Here is a link to the IDOE webpage that contains a
link to LVIS portal, which is the new online application site as well as links to 3 short Webinars that provide
short but easy instructions on using the new site: http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/
I would highly recommend you take a few minutes to view the webinars as it will make the application process
a bit easier for you.
 
Just a few changes to highlight:

    * You will create a profile you can update as necessary
    *  Instantly upload documents required for licensure during the application process
    * Receive updates on the status of your application by e-mail
    * Receive notification by e-mail that your educator credential is ready to print
    * Pay online with your personal Visa or MasterCard or use a pre-paid Visa or MasterCard purchased from a
local retailer

Note: when applying for an original license, you will now upload a copy of your CPR card to your application.
No need to bring, fax or email a copy of your card to our office now.

If you are renewing a license with credit hours from VU we do not need a copy of your transcripts, however,
if you do have credits from another university you can upload a copy of those transcript during the application
process.
 
As always, feel free to contact me should you require additional information or assistance.

Thank you,

Dr. Del Gillispie
Licensing Advisor


CPR Requirement:

Effective July 1, 2012, applicants for initial licensure of any type and applicants for all renewals must show proof of valid CPR/AED/Heimlich certification. For applications submitted and paid in LVIS on or before June 30, 2012, the current requirement will be honored even though the licenses may not be processed by licensing advisors or OELD staff until July 1, 2012, or after.

You must have successfully completed training in:

    * cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin,
    * removing a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway, and the Heimlich Maneuver; and,
    * hold a valid certification in each of these procedures from either the American Red Cross or the
       American Heart Association.

According to IC 20-18-2-22 and for the purposes of this law, the statutory definition of “teacher” includes individuals seeking a license as a teacher, administrators, and school services personnel. In addition, according to IC 20-28-1-7, the statutory definition of “license” includes both licenses and permits issued by the Division of Professional Standards.

Suicide Prevention Training

Effective July 1, 2013, the department may not issue an initial teaching license (includes instructional, student services and administrative licenses) at any grade level to an applicant for an initial teaching license unless the applicant shows evidence that the applicant has successfully completed education and training on the prevention of child suicide and the recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. This requirement does not apply to a completed license application submitted and paid for in the LVIS online application system prior to July 1, 2013 even though the license may not be processed by licensing advisors or OELD staff until July 1, 2013 or after.

Valparaiso University will offer Suicide prevention Training each semester at VU (Dates to be determined each semester by Dr. Del Gillispie)

Other Suicide Prevention Training programs approved by VU: 

1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):

http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=D948B0A0-C5E1-AB70-667797BCC2971704

2. Livingworks: http://www.livingworks.net/

3. Kognito Interactive: http://store.kognito.com/

4. Yellow Ribbon: www.yellowribbon.org

5. The Jason Foundation: http://jasonfoundation.com/

6. Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: http://spts.pldm.com/

 

Educator License Renewal - Renewing your Indiana Teacher's License

In Indiana, all licensed educators must renew their license and show continuing learning and involvement in their profession. Valparaiso University wants to help teachers, administrators, and other licensed educators reach their goals, learn more, and get the credits they need to renew their licenses through in-class and online coursework.


Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD) IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing and Development has updated their online
application process and the new site is up and running. Here is a link to the IDOE webpage that contains a link
 to LVIS portal, which is the new online application site as well as links to 3 short Webinars that provide short
but easy instructions on using the new site: http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/

I would highly recommend you take a few minutes to view the webinars as it will make the application process a bit easier for you.
 
Just a few changes to highlight:

    * You will create a profile you can update as necessary
    *  Instantly upload documents required for licensure during the application process
    * Receive updates on the status of your application by e-mail
    * Receive notification by e-mail that your educator credential is ready to print
    * Pay online with your personal Visa or MasterCard or use a pre-paid Visa or MasterCard purchased from a local retailer

Note: when applying for an original license, you will now upload a copy of your CPR card to your application. No
need to bring, fax or email a copy of your card to our office now.

If you are renewing a license with credit hours from VU we do not need a copy of your transcripts, however,
if you do have credits from another university you can upload a copy of those transcript during the application
process.
 
As always, feel free to contact me should you require additional information or assistance.

Thank you,

Dr. Del Gillispie
Licensing Advisor


Rules 2002

    If you are renewing a Rules 2002 Initial or Proficient Practitioner License, please contact the Department of
Licensing Educator & Development at 317-232-9010 or 866-542-3672. You can also find information on the Rules 2002 renewal process by clicking this link, which downloads an Adobe PDF file with additional Rules 2002 information.

    For information about your professional growth plan and what is required by the state of Indiana to renew your
license, please visit the Division of Professional Standards website at http://www.doe.state.in.us/dps/.

Student Applying for Illinois Licensure

Please download the required form for Illinois licensure (Adobe PDF).

State Approved Program Varification form (73-05)


EMERGENCY PERMITS

It is possible that some teachers will be assigned to teach in areas that are not listed on their license. The school system superintendent can request an Emergency Permit from the state to allow sufficient time for the teacher to add that particular area to the license. A teacher would have a deadline of 3 years to finish all requirements to add the area to the license. Emergency Permits can not be renewed more than twice.

PORTABILITY OF LICENSE (Other State Licenses)

The Council of Chief State School Officers has developed a plan to allow teachers who are licensed in one state to get a “reciprocal” license in another state. The rule is that if the license was issued in Indiana and the teacher to get a job in another state, he or she must apply for a license from the new state. That state will issue “as nearly equivalent” license to the individual that they had in Indiana. With 51 licensing agencies (Washington DC issues its own licenses) it is likely that there will be a slight variation in the type of license granted in a different state. A holder of an Indiana license may be issued a one year provisional license in another state. There may be the “provision” that the teacher take a different exam than Praxis I and II (state made tests). Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South and North Dakota require a course in human relations where Native Americans indigenous to that state are studied. The main office in Miller Hall, room 227, has a book that outlines each state’s requirements, and it is updated each year. This book also contains addresses, phone numbers, and web addresses to access more information or you may log on to Certification Map which has helpful information on Licensure in other states....There web site is:  http://certificationmap.com/states/become-a-teacher-in-indiana/   they are constantly adding and updating information from each state.

It does not matter which state a licensed teacher chooses to live and teach. You will always be required to hold a license in that state. When one applies for a license in a state where the teacher did not earn the degree that qualified them for receiving the initial license, the new state will ask for a recommendation from the parent institution. That means every VU teacher candidate must send a form to the License Advisor of VU which attests to the program’s accreditation status at the time of the teacher’s graduation. A good rule to remember is that the parent institution is the one were the candidate did their student teaching.

Avoiding Potential Licensing Problems

There are some important issues to be aware of over an extended period of time because the results can be serious in securing and keeping a license. Here they are:

  • Always apply for a license from the state in which the initial licensure recommendation was received (Indiana).
  • Failure to apply immediately may result in additional requirements from Indiana which were made into law subsequent to graduation.
  • An example of this might be that a different test (not Praxis I and II) will be required, or a new state required course has been added to the curriculum.
  • Do not skip the Indiana license application process because you plan to teach in another state and will apply directly to that state. This will require that the new state will do a transcript analysis and find that you did not complete their state required courses, or there were not enough credits earned to have a the same content area(s) that was/were earned in Indiana to qualify for new state license. One state requires a course in State History, another might require 3 credit hours of PE, or another might require 2 hours of First Aid. The result would be to take extra course work within that state before one could begin teaching.
  • Avoid having the teaching license expire for an extended period of time. Every state has its own renewal requirements. These renewal requirements may not work to have the original Indiana license renewed; however, if one moves back to Indiana, the professional development activities will be reviewed at the DPS to determine if the Indiana license can be renewed.
  • Never hesitate to call, write, or e-mail the License Advisor at VU to assist in the license application process in another state.
    • Dr. Del Gillispie, Professional Certification Officer
      Valparaiso University
      1800 Chapel Drive
      Valparaiso,  IN  46383
      Del.Gillispie@Valpo.Edu
      219-464-5078
      219-464-6720 Fax
  • Be sure to take the correct Indiana required Praxis II exam.  Website for Praxis: www.ets.org/praxis  There are many exams that have similar titles. The most current exams are always posted in the main office.
  • Do not wait until the conclusion of the semester to take the Praxis II exam. The results may not be back in time to process the license application in a timely manner.