Our mission is to develop new teachers who are committed to all learners, principles of liberal arts, inquiry and student-centered practice; and who are highly knowledgeable in content areas, critically reflective of their practice, and dedicated to the improvement of the profession. Our new teachers create a community of learners that embraces teamwork, advocacy of children and democratic values.

Hanover College’s Network of Education Professionals

You are supported and mentored by education professors, cooperating classroom teacher mentors, and your liberal arts professors throughout your four years of studies. Student teachers can choose to teach in a more urban setting like Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or Louisville. Your professional network expands with each new field experience as resources and ideas are shared and tested. The College Career Center creates your credential file and offers job fairs and workshops for you as you prepare to graduate and apply for a first-year teaching assignment.

Where are Hanover graduates teaching?

"The most important lesson I took away is the confidence needed to be more than a competent teacher, but to be a successful one.  I cannot wait to continue to contribute to the lives of high school students after graduation."

Andrea L. Thomas '11

  • Honduras
  • Arizona
  • Japan
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Great Britain
  • North Carolina
  • Cortez, Colorado
  • Florida

Why Hanover teacher certification?

Education professors have more than a total of 40 years of public school teaching experience. Teacher candidates enjoy small classes, careful advising and individual support by Education professors. Teacher candidates work side-by-side as community volunteers, workshop teachers, and regional teacher conference participants. A liberal arts teacher candidate has a broad perspective about global issues and is able to confidently engage in problem-solving and critique.  Hanover College teacher certification programs are NCATE accredited.

Cross-Culturally Aware

Teacher certification at Hanover College requires at least one cross cultural experience that situates a teacher candidate in a culture different from their own (religious, ethnic or socio-economic). This could be mission work in Haiti, volunteer work in a soup kitchen in Indianapolis, student teaching in an urban setting or studying in Hanover's May term in another country.

How do the Hanover College teacher certification programs work?

  • Apply to a teacher certification program as a sophomore.
  • Take entry-level education courses and field experiences as a first-year student to become familiar with teacher certification requirements and expectations, education professors, area schools, and what an Indiana teacher’s license means.
  • Major in elementary education or in a liberal arts discipline that you want to teach:  Mathematics, physics, biology, environmental science, mathematics, geology, theater, visual arts, Spanish, German, or French, English, history, political science, economics, or health and movement studies.
  • Complete a bachelors degree and teacher certification coursework and fourteen weeks of full-time student teaching in four years.
  • Complete the remaining Indiana Department of Education teacher licensing requirements: first aid and CPR certification, Indiana State Police records check, PRAXIS II teacher placement exams with passing scores and an online application.

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