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Transition to Teaching

Enrollment Requirements for Transition to Teaching

Before submitting the initial application materials and prior to admission, candidates must demonstrate content knowledge by providing evidence of ONE of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in the subject she/he plans to teach with a GPA of 3.0 or  higher. (Elementary applicants must demonstrate an undergraduate program that includes coursework in the variety of subjects that she/he will teach.)
  • An undergraduate degree in the subject she/he plans to teach with a GPA of 2.5-2.99 and at least five years of experience working in a school setting.
  • An undergraduate degree in any field with passing scores on the Praxis exam(s) for educator licensure in the subject that she/he plans to teach.

Preliminary Application: Step One

Click here to complete the Transition to Teaching application.

Send a resume that highlights any education work you have performed.

Request that three  supervisors and/or professors complete a reference form. (Do not use relatives as references.) If possible, include at least one reference who can attest to your ability to work with children or youth. Request that your referees return the forms directly to: Graduate & Continuing Studies, Goshen College, 1700 S. Main St. Goshen, IN 46526 or by email to:

Request official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs.

Submit a one-page typed statement of purpose. In this statement, articulate what draws you to the teaching profession and describe how you  hope to grow through this program. Also include your beliefs about the most important elements of effective teaching and learning.

Complete the health clearance form and submit it to your doctor for a signature. Ask that your doctor submit the completed form directly to: Graduate & Continuing Studies, Goshen College, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen IN  46526.

Preliminary Application: Step Two

Complete a Certified Background Check . Local schools require that all teacher education candidates who do field placements in their corporation submit a certified background check, and field placements are a significant part of the Transition to Teaching program. To complete this requirement, create an account with CastleBranch by following instructions at this web site: If you work for a school and have an extended background check already on file, you may be able to use that document.  Contact the Education Department administrative assistant at (574) 535-7440 or by email at for more information.

In May or June, the Teacher Education Department will arrange a 30-minute interview with you, education faculty, and area school partners.

In certain circumstances, there may be alternate ways to earn credit toward program completion and licensure.  Credits from other institutions may transfer if taken at an accredited institution of higher education for a grade of C or better.  Credit by exam, such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and credit for prior learning (using the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s assessment system) may be possible as well.  Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis; please contact the Education Department for additional information.
The Teacher Education Department will notify you of the admission decision within two weeks after your interview.  Accepted candidates may begin appropriate coursework in the fall semester. You will be considered fully admitted upon successful completion of fall coursework and field work.
To be accepted into the Fall 2022-23 Transition to Teaching program, all materials must be submitted by June 1, 2022.
Please address all inquiries and admission materials to:

Graduate & Continuing Studies
Goshen College
1700 S Main St
Goshen, IN 45626
Fax: (574) 535-7245