Teaching Major in Psychology

The teaching major in psychology prepares you to teach psychology in high school and qualifies you for teacher licensing in Indiana. You will major in secondary education (36 to 66 hours) and social studies (psychology's requirements fall under the teaching major in social studies, see the Social Studies Teachers' Handbook for teaching major requirements.

Major Requirements

To focus on psychology, you may choose either a primary area (18 hours) or a supporting area (12 hours) in psychology. You must take at least one of the following courses: PSYS 416, PSYS 432, or PSYS 468, and satisfactorily complete a Psychological Science Teacher Education Portfolio.

Courses and Options

Required courses (6 credit hours):

PSYS 100 - General Psychology
Introduction to various branches of psychology and the contributions of each to understanding the behavior of people as they interact with their environment.

PSYS 493 - Teaching of Psychology 1
Students work with a PSYS 100 instructor to develop curriculum plans, tools for the assessment of learning, and evaluation plans for an introductory pyschology course. Prerequisite: 3 courses in the psychology area of the social studies teaching major; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to social studies teaching majors in the psychology area.

PSYS 494 - Teaching of Psychology 2
Students provide classroom instruction, conduct learning assessments, and conduct a study evaluating learning under the supervision of a PSYS 100 instructor. Prerequisite: PSYS 493; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to social studies teaching majors in the psychology area.


Take 3 credit hours from:

PSYS 367 - Introduction to Neuroscience
A biological systems approach to cognition and behavior. Emphasizes biological aspects of the central nervous system leading to neuropsychological processes in the brain. 

PSYS 468 - Cognitive Neuroscience  
An introduction to the physical basis of behavior, involving primarily the nervous system and its structure and function. Emphasizes the role of bodily systems in perception, learning, motivation, and conscious function. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.


Take 3 credit hours from:

PSYS 362 - Motivation and Emotion
Basic theory and research relating to motivation and emotion and applications to various facets of human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYS 100.

PSYS 364 - Psychology of Learning
Nature of learning processes, possible influences upon these processes and resultant behaviors, and applications of the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PSYS 100.

PSYS 416 - Psychology of Cognition
Survey of theories and research about human thought and memory. Topics include attention, memory, problem solving, and language. Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing.


Take 3 credit hours from:

PSYS 316 - Social Psychology
Overview of conditions that affect a person in a social context: attitudes, impression formation, interpersonal relations, and group membership. Examines current theories and relevant research. Prerequisite: PSYSC 100.

PSYS 317 - Personality
Presents and compares a wide variety of classical and modern theories of personality and pertinent empirical research. Considers the components of a good theory of personality and the applications of various personality theories. Prerequisite: PSYS 100.

PSYS 324 - Psychology of Women
Explores both biological and social influences on women's experiences, behavior, self-concepts, and psychological conflicts. Topics covered include relationships, works, gender across the lifespan, violence, health, sex-related differences, and women in the future, with an emphasis on the diversity of women's experiences. Prerequisite: PSYS 100.

PSYS 432 - Abnormal Psychology
Systematic study of behavior pathology. Primary emphasis on the use of theoretical perspectives and empirical data to understand the description, etiology, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing.

Department of Psychological Science
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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