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Become a Teacher!

The Transition to Teaching program gives people a bachelor's or master's degree, and skills in their specialty the opportunity to make a smooth, efficient transition to the education profession.

The program offers these advantages:

  • Attend classes just once a week, on Saturdays
  • Complete 14 weeks of student teaching that prepare you for certification

  • Requirements
  • Tuition
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Assistantship

Part I: Initial Phase: Acceptance

  • Graduate Application
  • $25 Application Fee (Non Refundable)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Limited Criminal History Clearance completed by Safe Hiring Solutions (CLICK HERE for Background Check)
  • Current Resume
  • Passing Scores of CASA I (Reading, Writing, and Math) OR one of the following:
    • ACT (Reading, Math, Science Composite) 24 or higher – Waived from CASA
    • SAT (Reading, Math Composite) 1100 or higher – Waived from CASA
    • Earned Master’s Degree – Waived from CASA
      • Pearson CORE: Content area (Secondary only)
      • Official Transcripts
      • Transcript Review with licensure advisor
      • CCSJ Acceptance

Part II: Initial Phase: Curriculum

T2T Curriculum for licensure

  • Elementary: 24 graduate credit hours/12 courses of current transition to teaching courses OR
    Secondary: 18 graduate credit hours/9 current transition to teaching courses
  • Successfully complete the required clinical hours for the methods courses
  • Attend required Education Seminars

Part III: Initial Phase: Student Teaching

Apply for Student Teaching

  • Complete Student Teaching application
  • Maintain 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Consistently display a positive professional disposition
  • Successfully complete the 14 weeks of Student Teaching
  • Attend required Education Seminars and Student Teaching Workshops
  • Successfully complete State mandated licensing examinations

Part IV: Initial Phase: Licensure

Apply for teaching certification

  • Successful completion of Student Teaching
  • Successful completion of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR/Heimlich and AED)
  • Successful completion of Suicide Prevention and Awareness workshop

Part V: Final Phase: Master of Arts Curriculum

Optional completion of Master of Arts degree

  • 15 graduate credit hours post licensure
  • Primary focus of coursework is action research

Cost of Program

Tuition Includes: Professional Education classes, the Education Seminar fee, technology fee, student association fee and student teaching.
See the current Tuition and Fee Schedule.


  • Payment of tuition and other fees becomes your obligation as soon as you register for classes. This obligation remains until the debt is paid in full or until you officially withdraw from the college within the refund period.
  • Neither nonpayment of tuition and fees nor nonattendance of classes constitutes withdrawal from Calumet College of St. Joseph. Withdrawal from Calumet College of St. Joseph can only be accomplished by filing a Complete Drop/Withdrawal form in the Education Department.
  • All financial obligations are due at the time of registration. In the event you are unable to pay your tuition in full at the time of registration, the balance must be paid by the end of the first full week of classes. If you are unable to pay in full your balance at this time, arrangements must be made with the Student/Accounts Office.
  • If you leave Calumet College of St. Joseph with an unpaid balance, you may also be responsible for reasonable legal and collection fees and interest not to exceed 1.5% per month (18% per year).
  • Neither the CCSJ employee benefit nor the Senior Benefit applies to T2T Program.

Financial Aid

  • Students are required to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for full consideration of all forms of financial aid available.
  • Visit the CCSJ Office of Financial Aid website for more detailed information or to speak with a CCSJ Financial Aid Counselor at 219-473-4296.


Blackboard 7.1 is a comprehensive and flexible e-Learning software platform from Blackboard Inc. that will be used for discussions, exams, communication with students and posting assignments. Blackboard 7.1 delivers a course management system, customizable institution-wide portals, online communities, and an advanced architecture that allows for Web-based integration with administrative systems.

Withdrawal Policy

A student can withdraw from the program but will be responsible for books, and any courses completed or in process. A student who chooses to withdraw from the program may return to the program within one year at the same tuition cost. Failure to attend classes or merely giving notice to the instructor will not be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal. (Please contact Education Advisor Bruce Wisowaty at (219) 473-4264.)

John Shields, Ph. D.

Education Department Chair
Room 537
(219) 473-4262


Michele Dvorak, Ed.D.
Nancy Ellis, M.S.;
Chris Gloff, M.A.T.
Dawn Greene, Ph.D.
Eleanor Kasprzycki, M.S.;
Barbara O'Block, Ed.D.
Joi Patterson, Ph.D.
David Pittman, M.A.T.
John Potocki, M.A.
Alyssa Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Marianne Culver, M.A.T., J.D.
Kesha Henry, Ph.D.
John Shields, Ph.D.
Mark Sperling, Ed.D.
Angela Szczepanik-Sanchez, M.S.
Bruce Wisowaty, M.A.
Suzette Zientara, Ph.D.

NCATE Accreditation

Education Department StaffCalumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) proudly announces a rigorous and outstanding accreditation experience! CCSJ has now achieved initial accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Education Program met all standards and received a full 5-year accreditation. Sharing this news with you provides us great joy!
We are grateful for the excellent school-wide performance of our faculty, staff, administration, candidates, and P-12 external partners as we collaborated in achieving this prestigious recognition! As we walk into the future, we are convinced that the mission of CCSJ is extended to Northwest Indiana by providing excellent, highly qualified, diverse educators for classrooms in Northwest Indiana and south Cook County, Illinois. Unique aspects of the Education Program include: efficient cohort model, MAT/T2T program offered on Saturdays, hybrid and online courses, and unique residency integration with courses, all offered within the culture of the only named Hispanic Serving Institution in the State of Indiana. Celebrate with us!

Purpose and Rationale

The rationale of a Graduate Assistantship is to further the professional academic development of the graduate student. The assistantship is expected to serve as a meaningful learning experience and a way for the graduate student to work for an institution in his or her chosen field. It is expected that the student will contribute on a professional level to enhance the learning environment of undergraduate and other graduate students.

The responsibility of a Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant (GA) is responsible for working with various Faculty members across different Graduate Programs. Activities may include the following:

  • Support of teaching, which can include work as a Teaching Assistant (TA). This task may involve grading assignments and working directly with students under the tutelage of Graduate Faculty.
  • The Graduate Assistant may also conduct academically significant research related to his or her academic program under the guidance of a faculty member.
  • The student could also be involved in administrative duties and other professional activities, ideally related to his or her field.


To be eligible for the Assistantship, the student must first gain admission to graduate study. He/she must register and maintain at least 6 semester credits of graduate coursework. Full time Assistantships are awarded for each academic year but can be awarded for up to (2) years. Students must apply each academic year.

  • There is a limit of 2 GA’s per a Graduate Program (Certain conditions apply).
  • GA’s receive a full tuition waiver for up to 12 credits per semester (Fees not included).
  • GA’s work approximately 15 hours a week while school is in session during the academic year.
  • Only students in good academic standing with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as GA’s.
  • The GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the assistantship process.


Student must apply directly to Academic Affairs Office for each position of interest.

  • Student must submit a general application to the Academic Affairs Office.
  • A resume must accompany the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Applications are due at least two months before the start of the fall or spring semester.
  • Interview with the Graduate Program Director of the program in which the student is applying.

Download Graduate Assistantship Application

How are positions allocated and assigned?

Application forms are submitted to Graduate Program Directors for initial review. If the Graduate Program Director approves the application, he or she then forwards it for approval to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following all three approvals both the Financial Aid Office and the Academic Affairs Office will issue a letter of appointment for the GA to sign. Each Graduate Assistant reports to the Supervising Faculty Member identified in the letter of appointment. Although most Graduate Assistants apply for work in their own department, other Graduate Program Directors may require the skills of a student from another department. This can be a great way for a Graduate Assistant to get varying types of experiences.


The supervisor will review the job description with the Graduate Assistant and determine a mutually agreeable schedule for the year. Graduate Assistants should have some significant responsibility/project assigned which may be included on their resumes for the future. A collaborative evaluation will be conducted at the end of each academic year to examine how the original job description matches the reality of day to day activities. In a rare instance where a Graduate Assistant is not performing his/her duties, at the written request of the Graduate Supervisor, the person may be removed by the Vice/President of Academic Affairs.

How Fellowship Award is Applied

The Graduate Assistant Grant is to be applied to the student’s financial aid package for the current semester that he or she is serving. This grant will be applied for graduate coursework only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other form of outside scholarships, tuition reimbursement, or veteran’s benefits. Students must comply with the following:

  • Must file a FAFSA for the award year
  • Must be registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours
  • Must work 10-15 hours per week during the semester for which the grant is to be applied
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA while receiving the grant

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Frequently Asked Questions

The teaching certification earned by a MAT student will be no different than any other certificate; it provides the exact same rights and privileges as a certification earned through a traditional program.

People who currently possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree and are already skilled in their specialty are able to apply for the MAT Program, especially teachers with limited licenses and mid-career changers.
Elementary certification (which allows you to teach in first through fifth grade) or secondary certification (which allows you to teach in the area of your bachelor's degree in grades six through twelve)
Each course will meet on three consecutive Saturdays for eight hours.
Classes begin in August and January.
18 credit hours for secondary certification and 24 credit hours for elementary certification.
The Office of Admission at (219) 473-4215 or

Education Program Handbooks & Title II Reports

Contact our Enrollment Specialist

Orlando Garcia
Orlando Garcia