Visiting Teacher Permit (IN)

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Visiting Teacher Permit (IN)

The Visiting Teacher Permit is for a citizen of another country who is in or will be visiting the United States and whom is employed as a teacher at an Indiana school corporation.
Permit Valid for 3 years
J-1 visa
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Indiana
Contact Name: Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD)
Contact Phone: 317-232-9010
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

The applicant must have completed one of the following curriculum requirements:

Elementary Education
Secondary Education
P-12 Education
Early Childhood Education
Middle School Education.

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
Applicant must demonstrate teaching or related professional experience.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:
English Language Proficiency: Oral, Written, English Language Proficiency determined by applicant’s home country Ministry of Education and ODE interview.

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:

Mental Health Training: Required

Subject matter competence: Native speakers; certified in target language in home country.

A visiting teacher license is based on one (1) of the following:

The content area or areas and school setting or settings listed on the license issued by another country.

The applicant’s curriculum from evaluated transcripts or official transcripts.

A minimum proficiency level of Advanced Low on the Certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of First Aid/Adult/Child CPR:
CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification required

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Not Accepted

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable


For State Approved Providers visit:

Only those applicants who are “finalists” for a position need an expanded criminal history check.

Official foreign degree “course-by-course” report is required.

State approved evaluation agencies include:
Educational Credential Evaluators
World Education Services
Trustforte Corporation.
Permit applications are incomplete without degree evaluation report.

An applicant is eligible for a visiting teacher license if:

(1) the applicant provides documentation from the Ministry of Education that demonstrates the applicant is of good moral character; is a citizen of another country who is in the United States or will be entering the United States, and whom an Indiana school corporation has agreed to employ as a teacher; holds the United States equivalent of the bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; has completed curriculum requirements as determined by the department to be equivalent to Indiana requirements; has teaching or related professional experience; and demonstrates English language proficiency;
(2) the employing Indiana school superintendent submits an application for a visiting teacher license; and
(3) the applicant provides the established fee to the department for the issuance of the license.

The license shall include the content area or areas and school setting or settings for which the department determines
equivalency. This rule does not apply to teachers licensed in another country and employed by accredited Indiana schools through memoranda of understanding between the department and ministries of education of other countries.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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