Top Continuing Education Programs for Teachers - Indianapolis, IN

Oct 20, 2021

School and Ranking Information

Educators in Indiana must apply for educator license renewal after six years of teaching. Indiana requires teacher renewal coursework (6 credit hours) or 90 Professional Growth Points to renew a teaching license. There is a mixture of public and private schools in the Indianapolis area with programs related to continuing education, license renewal, or obtaining a higher degree. Based on regional and national rankings, degree offerings, and proximity to Indianapolis, the following schools are the top schools in the area for continuing education:

  • Winner : Indiana Wesleyan University is a 4-year private university. The school has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country's Midwest. The school offers a master's degree, a post-master's program, and a certificate related to continuing education.
  • Runner Up #1 : University of Indianapolis is also a 4-year private school. It ranks slightly behind Indiana Wesleyan in Midwest university rankings. The school awards master's degrees for completion of its continuing education program.
  • Runner Up #2 : Indiana University of Bloomington is a 4-year public school. It has been named one of the top 100 national universities in the nation and has a more affordable tuition. The school offers a variety of programs, including a master's, doctorate, certificate, and specialist's degree.

School Comparison Chart

Category Indiana Wesleyan University University of Indianapolis Indiana University of Bloomington
Ranking(s) # 25 Regional Universities (Midwest)* #228 National Universities* #79 National Universities*
Location Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN Bloomington, IN (52.2 miles)
School Type 4-year, Private not-for-profit** 4-year, Private not-for-profit** 4-year, Public**
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $27,296** $30,976** $10,947 (In-state)
$36,512 (Out-of-state)**
Education (DEGREE/PROGRAM/ AWARD LEVELS) Offered Masters, Post-Masters, Certificate Masters Masters, Doctorate, Certificate, Specialist Degree
Education (DEGREES AND/OR CERTIFICATES) Awarded (All Levels) in (2018-2019) 98 83 642
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for Fall 2013 Entering Class 71% 60%, 29% transfer-out 79%, 12% transfer-out
Noteworthy Performance Learning Systems (PLS) Courses for online learning Educational Leadership Program over 90 graduate programs in 20 disciplines***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report **NCES College Navigator *** Indiana University of Bloomington

Winner: Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Student to faculty ratio 13:1 according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Transition to Teaching Program
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Credentialing

Indiana Wesleyan University's College of Adult and Professional Studies has a program for those seeking additional coursework towards a master's in education and/or meeting state expectations for educator license renewal. The School of Educational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has an adult teacher licensure program, a continuing studies for teacher-leader program, advanced studies including a masters of education, masters of education (international), and teaching certificates, as well as educational administration for principal licensure program and educational specialist degree. Indiana Wesleyan University's Masters of Education program allows individuals to obtain an advanced degree that is approved by the Indiana Department of Education and would allow individuals to renew their educator license. Those seeking either an advanced degree or to acquire the necessary credits and/or professional development opportunities to renew an educator license have both options at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Runner-Up #1: University of Indianapolis

  • Graduate Student Financial Aid Option
  • Graduate project/thesis option
  • Student to Faculty ration 12:1 according to U.S. News & World Report

The University of Indianapolis offers a Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. This is a 36 credit hour program, with the option for an additional 6 credit hours for those who choose to complete a graduate project/thesis. Tuition for students enrolled in the program is $372/per credit hour (according to the University of Indianapolis program information page). Application requirements for the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program include holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, already have a teaching license or have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 from a teacher preparation program, as well as the completion of the University's application.

Runner-Up #2: Indiana University of Bloomington

  • NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference
  • 650 student organizations on campus
  • Teacher Educator Awards

Indiana University of Bloomington offers over 90 graduate and doctoral programs at their School of Education. In addition the School of Education also provides professional development opportunities at the graduate level and online. Courses are offered to help students obtain their initial educators licenses as well as meet their requirements for their educator license renewal.

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