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SFA > Awards/Scholarships - By Program > Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields

The State's biennial budget was passed by the Indiana General Assembly, and one of the provisions in the budget is to create new student teacher stipend programs for students. These programs can begin as early as the 2013-2014 academic year.

This program will be for students who plan to teach in "high-need" fields, which means a teaching specialty that affects the economic vitality of Indiana and in which there is a shortage of candidates.  

The Commission will determine which specialties are considered “high-need fields,” but they will likely include areas of STEM (e.g. math, science, physics). Special education is included through statutory language.

An individual may apply for a stipend if the individual:

  • is a student who is enrolled in a course of study that would enable the student, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana in:
    1. special education; or
    2. a high-need field;
  • will participate in student teaching as part of the student's degree requirements;
  • has earned a cumulative grade point average upon entering 1 student teaching of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent as determined by the eligible institution; and
  • meets any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.

The student must show that he/she will engage in student teaching during the upcoming academic term. The stipend will be a maximum of $5,000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or $4,000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale).

If you are the appropriate contact for an institution's School of Education and have not already done so, please provide your contact information (name, phone number, email address) to

Questions about the program may be directed to Amanda Stanley at


High Need Fields for the Student Teaching Stipend - May 14, 2013


2013-2014 Online Application

Students who will be teaching during the Fall 2013 term must complete the Stipend application on or before Friday, October 4, 2013. Students who will be teaching during the Spring 2014 term are encouraged to apply now if they know where they will be student teaching. For those students who have not yet received their placement, a spring term deadline will be designated at a later time.