Hours and GPA Requirements

  • You must be within 9 hours of completion of content courses.
  • Students enrolled at Ball State University starting Fall 2013 to present must complete 93 hours and earn at least a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA).
  • Students enrolled at Ball State University prior to Fall 2013 must complete 93 hours and earn at least a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA). 

Required Courses

English Courses

In order to pass Decision Point 3 (DP 3) you must complete all but 9 hours of your content area courses. You must pass the following courses and artifacts before completing DP 3:

  • ENG 321 English Linguistics
  • ENG 350 Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools (must earn a C or higher)
  • ENG 395 Teaching Literature and Language in Secondary Schools (must earn a C or higher)

Teachers College Courses

For permission to enroll in the course and assignment to the school site in which you will be doing your observation/participation, contact Keri McCormick , Department of Educational Studies, Teachers College 805c. The prerequisite for enrolling is to pass one of the methods courses which are ENG 350 or ENG 395.

The following courses should be taken the semester before you student teach. You must receive permission to enroll, and you must earn a C or higher in both courses.

  • EDSE 380 Principles of Teaching in the Secondary School
  • EDJH 385 Principles of Teaching in the Middle School


Decision Point 3 courses and artifacts include the following:

·       ENG 395 Mini-Lesson 

·       ENG 395 Unit Plan Assessment

For this course, your instructor fills out rubrics (scoring sheet) for the required artifacts and enters the scores into TK20. Review the rubrics used to assess your artifact by clicking on the red cube icon in rGrade. 

You must pass each artifact with a C or better. If you do not, then you can attempt to remediate the artifact. You must successfully revise the artifact within the semester following the course in which you failed the artifact. If you fail to revise the artifact up to acceptable standards, you have the choice of retaking the class or dropping the teaching major. The revision of the artifact does not change your course grade.

Contact director of English Education, to begin the remediation process. 

Disposition Assessment

Decision Point 3 disposition assessment takes place during ENG 395.

Learn more about the Teachers College dispositions assessments and the rubric (scoring sheet) used. 



Student Teaching

The Office of Teacher Education Services provides information on applying for and completing student teaching.