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:

  • Qualifying scores on PRAXIS I: Reading 176, Writing 172, Math 175 OR a combined score of 527 on all three tests OR an SAT combined Math and Verbal score of at least 1170 OR an ACT score of 24 or greater; PRAXIS I exam must have ben completed prior to September 1, 2013


  • Passing scores on each section of the CASA exam. Passing scores are:

                Reading: 220

                Writing: 220

                Math 220

(Note: Students may use a combination of CASA and Praxis scores to meet this requirement. Example: passing scores on Praxis Reading and passing scores on CASA Math and CASA Writing)


  • 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”

Praxis I no longer available. Please see CASA information below.

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

All applications to BCP are handled through TK20.

  1. Click on the link to TK20.
  2. Login to your account. If you have problems with this step, contact Malea Crosby 
  3. Click on the Applications tab, and then (on the left side) click Create.
  4. From the drop-down menu, choose BCP-1 Application
  5. Answer all questions, then click Submit.

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