Becoming a Complete Professional Program Information

Admission to the Becoming a Complete Professional (BCP) Program is a critical benchmark for teacher candidates. Until undergraduate students are admitted to the BCP, they do not have official status in their academic programs for graduation and licensing. All students must be admitted into BCP before they are eligible to enroll in any professional education courses. Each teacher candidate is evaluated throughout his or her program by program faculty based on academic and professional competencies.  Continuation in the Becoming a Complete Professional Program is dependent on satisfactory progress and assessments.

General BCP Admission Requirements of All Undergraduate Teaching Programs:

To enroll in an educator preparation program, a teacher education candidate must complete the Basic Skills Test Requirements in Reading, Writing, and Math.  This requirement can be met by completing one of the following options:

  1. By taking one of the following tests. 
    1. CASA
    2. Praxis (Core Academic Skills for Educators)
    3. ACT
    4. SAT

Cut off scores are listed in Table 1.Candidates may mix and match (i.e., a candidate may meet the SAT score for Reading and Mathematics and the Praxis Core for Writing).

      2. A score of 1100 or higher on the SAT if taken prior to March 1, 2016, (Critical Reading and Math)

      3. GRE with the following cut-off scores:  Verbal reasoning reading (151); Quantitative Reasoning Mathematics (153)

      4. Successful completion of bachelor’s degree or higher

















SAT (after march 1, 2016)





  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher at Indiana State University;
  • Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher in professional education coursework with no grade lower than “C”

How to Sign up for the Praxis (Core Academic Skills for Educators)

  1. Log into
  2. Click on Products
  3. Choose Educator Licensure> Praxis
  4. Create an account by clicking in the upper right corner My Praxis Account
  5. Under Registrations and Orders, click Register for a Test
  6. Go through the following pages which include an Acknowledgment page, a Confirm Your Account page, and a Background Information page.
  7. On the Search and Select Tests page, click on EPP Test Requirements. (Ignore the State/Agency Required Tests section)
  8. You can now scroll down to find the tests offered.

You will need to sign up for math, reading, and writing. You can sign up for individual tests or you can choose to take all three together, which is much less expensive.

5752 Combined test—300 minutes--$150.00

5713 Reading test—120 minutes--$90.00

5723 Writing test—150 minutes--$90.00

5733 Math test—120 minutes--$90.00

Specific Program BCP Admission Requirements: Elementary Education

Successful completion of: EPSY 202, ELED 200, and SPED 226 with a grade of “C” or better.

Special Education/Elementary Education Dual Major

Successful completion of: EPSY 202, ELED 200, SPED 226, and SPED 203 with a grade of “C” or better.

All-Grade Programs (Music, Physical Education, Visual Arts)

Successful completion of: EPSY 202 and CIMT 200 with a grade of “C” or better

Middle School/Junior High & High School Programs (Business, English, Foreign Language, Health & Safety, Family & Consumer Sciences, Industrial Technology, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences)

Successful completion of: EPSY 202 and CIMT 200 with a grade of “C” or better.

Criminal History Checks

Teacher candidates will be required to provide a current criminal history check to Education Student Services before participating in field placement practicum courses and/or student teaching. School districts and/or the College of Education may deny a practicum experience or student teaching assignment based on the results of a criminal history check. The application process for a teaching license in Indiana also requires a current criminal history check. Admission and/or continuation in the BCP can be denied based on the results of a criminal history check.

Applying for Admission to BCP

To apply for BCP-1 click here.

Continued Admission Criteria for BCP

Once admitted to BCP, students must continue to meet performance guidelines to remain in BCP and to continue to enroll in professional education courses. These guidelines include:

  • Remain declared in the same teaching major in which they were admitted into BCP;
  • Successfully complete all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or better;
  • Achieve a grade point average of 2.50 or higher in all professional education courses;
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher;
  • Receive favorable recommendations/evaluations from program faculty.

Student Teaching

Ideally, student teaching will be the final semester for students in teaching majors.  In order to be eligible for student teaching, students will need to have maintained their status in BCP by successfully completing all required courses and having satisfactory evaluations by program faculty. Each semester, a Student Teaching Enrollment Meeting (STEM) will be held for students that are approximately one year away from their Student Teaching experience. Students are required to attend this meeting for their placement and to verify their ongoing eligibility in BCP.

Obtaining Your Teaching License

Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, all students in a teaching major may be eligible for an Indiana Instructional License. To be recommended for a license, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program
  • Qualifying scores on Praxis I tests/CASA exams
  • Qualifying score(s) on needed licensure area Praxis II Specialty Exam(s), or Pearson exams.
  • Current acceptable Criminal History Check
  • Proof of Adult and Child CPR Certification with AED
  • Appropriate license application fee
  • Suicide Prevention Training

If you have questions or would like more information about the Becoming a Complete Professional Program, please consult your Academic Advisor or visit a professional staff member in Education Student Services (Room 115, University Hall).

Education Student Services