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ASPIRING STATEWIDE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER (ASSET)

ASSET Teacher Candidate: Application
ASSET Program Director - Director Description

What is ASSET?
ASSET is an approved alternative licensure program through the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana State Board of Education. ASSET falls under the Transition to Teaching umbrella, but does not award an initial teaching license. The ICASE sponsored program is for currently licensed Indiana educators to be able to add a special education teaching credential. Successful completion of the ASSET program, coupled with passing the appropriate licensing exams, will enable educators to add either the Mild or/and Intense Interventions endorsement to their existing license. ASSET was approved for a three-year initial program license on 4/13/2022. 

What is the difference between ASSET and I-SEAL?
ASSET is a non-credit earning program that utilizes field experience opportunities, coupled with intensive monthly learning sessions, to prepare candidates to take and pass the appropriate PRAXIS exam for their license add-on in special education in intense and/or mild interventions. The monthly sessions will be hosted by ICASE field experts and aligned with standards from the Council for Exceptional Children. Candidates for ASSET must already possess a valid Indiana teaching license in another area to be eligible for this add-on option. A portfolio with specific components will be required at the end of ASSET prior to the candidate acquiring the special education license. College credits are not awarded for this alternative path. 

I-SEAL provides funding from the Indiana Department of Education for interested candidates to pursue their special education licensure through a university setting or transition to teaching program. Folks interested in I-SEAL may contact Dana Jones (jonesd003@uindy.edu) for more information. I-SEAL has the capacity to assist with tuition associated with T2T programs when the program requirements are met by candidates. University courses taken and passed through I-SEAL partners are credit bearing. 

Who is eligible? 
Currently LICENSED Indiana educators (does not matter what area).

Where is the program located?
The initial intensive training sessions will be “in-person” in a central Indiana location. Monthly meetings will be held via Zoom.

How much does it cost?
ICASE is currently working through the budget process and finalizing our funding source(s) for the program director, which is the main cost for program implementation.  A top goal for ASSET is breaking down barriers for candidates and schools, such as cost.  With that in mind, ICASE is working hard to ensure that there is no direct cost to your district or teachers to participate in ASSET as a T2T program.  There are associated costs to plan for with your Superintendent such as (but not limited to):

  • Classroom sub for monthly meetings
  • Mileage to and from bootcamp
  • Lunch cost at bootcamp (we are trying to cover this, but no promises yet…so plan for it!)
  • Local lodging for bootcamp if your candidate is traveling beyond a reasonable distance
  • Additional contract days or stipend for teachers to attend bootcamp (whatever local collective bargaining agreements specify)

***Disclaimer: As we all know, nothing is ever final with funding until signatures are received.  There is a high level of confidence that the funding source(s) we are working with will materialize.  However, if they do not, ICASE will work to keep the cost per candidate to a bare minimum and a very worthy investment for any corporation to appropriate funds towards.

How does it work?
The format for ASSET is an eleven month intensive study program that is aligned to the CEC standards, and also allows for local practice opportunities and skill development as well.  Candidates will participate in monthly virtual meetings beginning in August, and will participate in a 3-5 day intensive training series in July.  The intensive series will be in person.  The dates, location and times will be announced in late spring.  

What is needed from the school corporation?  
In addition to planning for associated costs, school corporations will need to assign the special education director, or designee, to be the point of contact for the ASSET candidate(s).  This person will be responsible for monthly meetings with the ASSET candidate(s), completing  the monthly checklist, and working with their candidate on the completion of their portfolio .  The director or designee will be the main point of contact for the ASSET program director. This partnership will help ensure that candidates' experiences and CEC standards are supported and embedded into the local context of the district. This is an essential component of the ASSET program and provides the necessary localized  support for the candidate’s growth as a special educator. 

Where did this concept originate?
ASSET will be the first program in the nation to offer this T2T license add-on option in special education through their state director of special education’s association (ICASE).  During a planning call in the summer of 2022 with members of IDOE, licensing agencies, and the Indiana Chief of Staff regarding the emergency permit crisis, the ICASE representative on the call asked “Can ICASE design a program to help?”. We were given the green light, and ASSET was born.  The core essence of ASSET is to maximize the collective efforts of schools and directors around the state, lean on field expertise, and provide a venue for license add-ons that can be completed within the candidate’s traditional work day. 

What are the next steps?

  • Gather your documents 
    1. Copy of teaching license 
    2. Most recent teacher evaluation 
    3. Letter of support from your Special Education Director on corporation letterhead  
    4. Letter of intent from you to remain teaching for two years after completing the ASSET program (pending passing score on the PRAXIS and acquiring your special education endorsement).
  • Complete the application 
  • Discuss this with your superintendent and begin planning for local expenses, time to participate in the program monthly, and coverage if needed.

Contact Joe Kwisz (jkwisz@ont.k12.in.us ) with any questions.




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