Teachers College

  • All Teachers College education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the North Central Association, and the Indiana Professional Standards Board. In addition, 23 programs have received national recognition through their respective professional associations.
  • Ball State Teachers College is in the top 25 in the nation for number of nationally recognized educator preparation programs it offers.
  • Ball State was one of four universities in Indiana selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to pilot a program to help overhaul teacher education and encourage exceptional science and math teacher candidates to seek long-term careers in high-need classrooms. This program is now expanding beyond Indiana’s borders.
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    Ball State is the only university in Indiana authorizing charter schools, helping to provide more choices in public education.
  • Our graduates have a nearly 100 percent pass rate on the Praxis exams required for initial teacher licensure in Indiana.
  • Teachers College received a second-place Exemplary Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2012. The award recognized the immersive learning program Schools Within the Context of Community.
  • The Teacher Educator, a Teachers College publication, is the official journal of the Indiana Association of Teacher Educators. It’s been in publication since 1965.


  • The Department of Special Education has the only deaf education teacher-training program in Indiana. Students complete a one-year residency at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.
  • Our educational leadership programs were ranked 20th in the nation by Leadership Excellence magazine. The programs have been ranked since 2005.
  • Our graduate education programs were ranked eighth in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "Best Online Programs."
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” ranked our graduate education programs No. 2.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Teachers College's graduate programs 81st in 2013.
  • Consumer advocacy group GetEducated.com has ranked several of our online graduate programs in education among its “Best Buys”:
      - 6th master’s in curriculum and educational technology
      - 9th master’s in special education
      - 12th master’s in educational administration and supervision
      - 18th master’s in elementary education


  • Ball State was one of the first schools in the nation to require laptops for enrolling teacher education majors.
  • Starting in their freshman classes, Ball State's education students are exposed to advanced instructional technology—including assembling an electronic portfolio—to prepare them for the 21st-century classroom.
  • Ball State's Professional Education Unit recently received NCATE's highest rating for its Unit Assessment System, which uses rGrade to support the assessment of candidates and manage the evidence of their learning in all educator preparation programs on campus.
  • Teachers College is the home of Ball State's first technology spin-off company, rGrade. As an ongoing research and development effort within Teachers College, rGrade has generated more than $1.5 million in grants for research and outreach programs that address assessment of student learning.
  • Teachers College's technologies have been featured on Apple's website, at the University of Cincinnati's Vision 2020 Conference, and in the Consortium for the Application of Technology and Learning Innovations in Schools of Education (CATALISE).


  • Burris Laboratory School, which serves Ball State's teaching majors, has been listed among the nation's best high schools since 2007 in analyses by U.S. News & World Report.
  • A 2012 Newsweek analysis listed Burris Laboratory School and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities among “America’s Best High Schools.” The academy, Indiana's only public residential high school for gifted and talented students, was ranked second in Indiana and 10th in the Midwest.