Attention Students: NEW Policy for those observing at Burris Laboratory School.  

A mandatory video training is required to be completed by all employees, students, and volunteers who will be working with minors participating in a covered program or activity.  No one will be permitted to interact with minors without completing the video training.  This includes all observations and participations with Burris Laboratory School.


Good afternoon,   

We had a large number of students attend the October CASA informational session, and I hope for that to continue this month.   Our goal again is to provide students with an overall better understanding of the exam/testing requirement, discuss how it impacts DP2, and where they can go for resources to best prepare.  

The next session is to take place Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 4-5pm in TC  108.     This information will be posted to our Facebook and Website pages, on flyers around campus, as well as emailed to advisors, and specifically to DP1 faculty.  I appreciate your assistance in publicizing this to students, faculty, and staff.  All are welcome.   

Thank you,   


Director, Office of Teacher Education Services Teachers College

Need to take the CASA? Have questions about the test? Our next Informational Sessions are October 28th, from 4-5 p.m. in the Art's and Journalism building room 339 and November 20th in the Teacher's College room 108.  

    ***Beginning December 15, 2014, students taking the Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics or Physics tests will have an additional 30 minutes to take the test.  Any students who are scheduled to take one of these exams prior to Dec. 15thto can log in to the Pearson site and change their test date if they so choose.

Update for Student Teaching Applicants:

Urban Semester  - For those participating in the urban semester, it is our goal to place you in the same building during student teaching. The purpose is to create a year-long cohesive experience.  Therefore, when applying to student teaching, please intentionally select the county of your urban semester school, as your first preference, and email Mrs. Jennifer Haney (student teaching coordinator) with your building.


The Indiana General Assembly passed a budget, which created a new student teacher stipend program for students with financial need.  Two different stipends were created; one for minority students and one for students who plan to teach in "High-Needs" fields.  Students who are student teaching during the Fall 2013 semester and students who will be student teaching during the Spring 2014 semester are encouraged to apply now.  Please see the following links for more information.

Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities 

The 2014-2015 application for the Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available here.

Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields 

The 2014-2015 application for the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields is available here.


Suicide Prevention Courses at Ball State University

Ball State University will host a limited number of Suicide Prevention courses in the fall of 2014.  This course will fulfill the state requirements for your Indiana teaching license as well as any of the 'State-approved' courses which are listed below.   

To register for one of the Ball State University Suicide Prevention courses click here.

State-approved Suicide Prevention Programs
*Please remember to keep completion certificates to upload into your LVIS licensing file.

As of July 1, 2013 - Ball State University may not issue an initial teaching license to an applicant (includes instructional, student services and administrative licenses) at any grade level unless the applicant shows evidence of successfully completed education and training on the prevention of child suicide and the recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. This requirement does not apply to a completed license application submitted and paid for BY JUNE 30, 2013 in the LVIS online application system, even though the license may not be processed by licensing advisors or Indiana Department of Education staff until July 1, 2013 or after.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Office of Teacher Education Services at

Information About

Field Experiences 
OTES provides a responsible agency and administrative structure for moving practicums, participations and observations from a series of minimally related segments to a coordinated program of direct contacts with children, youth,teachers, and institutions.  

Student Teaching

OTES is the entity which organizes the placement of student teachers for Ball State University.  This includes the application process, the confirmation process, the assignment of placement, the assignment of university supervisor, and the coordination of the overall experience.

The licensing area of OTES serves as a liaison between BSU students obtaining an educational license and the state licensing agency in Indiana. 

Testing Requirements
For licensure in Indiana all teachers are required to take the Praxis I and II tests, or CASA.