Indefinite Contract Law and Legal Definition

Indefinite contract is a term appearing in teachers' tenure statutes. It is a right of a permanent teacher upon the expiration of his or her contract. Such right entitles the teacher to a succession of definite contracts having terms in accord with and meeting the requirements of other statutes governing teachers' contracts.

“Indefinite contract is a protected contractual right entitling a teacher to a succession of definite contracts. However, such an indefinite contract did not sustain the teacher's action for compensatory damages. Rather, it may have constituted a basis for an action in equity to compel to give him the definite contract to which he may have been entitled.” [Lost Creek School Tp. v. York, 215 Ind. 636 (Ind. 1938)].