The Ball State University programs for the
preparation of teachers and other public school personnel meet the standards of
the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA), the policies of
the Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD), and the Indiana
Department of Education.
The teacher education programs meet the academic
requirements for the initial teaching license. These programs are also
accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP)
and the Higher Learning Commission, providing added benefits to students and
graduates in terms of transfer of credit, recognition of degrees, and reciprocity
of teacher licenses.
Under the Licensure Framework of OELD, the
teaching license will reflect the standards for which the candidate has
demonstrated competency through the completion of a degree program. The license
will state (1) the content area(s) that the candidate is licensed to teach and
(2) the school setting(s) in which the candidate is licensed to teach.
APPLICATION FOR TEACHING LICENSE
Any teaching assignment as a professional
teacher in a state-approved school requires a teaching license based upon the
recommendation of the teacher preparation institution, except for testing
additions. An institutional recommendation is based upon meeting the REPA
standards, OELD policies required for the licensure program, and successful
performance on all required assessments in the Ball State Unit Assessment
System. Details regarding the REPA standards and assessments for specific
licensure areas may be found by consulting the Professional Education Handbook
and the OTES website.
Students should apply for the Indiana
instructional license through the Indiana Department of Education’s Licensing
Verification and Information System (LVIS) no earlier than the completion of
all academic requirements and always after the completion of all licensing
examinations. According to state statute, candidates for licensure must
provide evidence of current (through state approved agencies) CPR/AED
certification and documentation that they have completed suicide prevention
training (through state approved agencies) prior to license recommendation.
Applicants for teacher licensing in other states requiring the recommendation of Ball State University must also submit such applications to the Office of Teacher Education Services.
The Initial Practitioner license issued by the
OELD is valid for two years in Indiana. The beginning teacher must successfully
complete the Indiana Residency Program (formerly IMAP) or 40 professional
growth points (PGPs) after verifying two years of full-time teaching
experience. At that time, a Proficient
Practitioner license is awarded, which is valid for five years. Renewal of the
Proficient Practitioner license and awarding of the Accomplished Practitioner
license is achieved through a program of continuing professional development
based on the OELD standards or six hours of course work at Ball State
A person who has earned a bachelor’s degree and who wants to complete requirements for an Indiana teaching license or add a teaching area to a license must be evaluated and advised for admission to a postgraduate program by the Office of Teacher Education Services.
A student holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Indiana institution other than Ball State, who wants to be recommended for a teaching license by Ball State University, must be admitted as a regular graduate or postgraduate student and must meet the requirements of the approved university teacher education program.
SCHOOL SERVICES INITIAL PRACTITIONER LICENSE
Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, persons
interested in pursuing school counselor licenses must apply to the Graduate
School to be admitted to graduate study. After being admitted to graduate
application must be made to the Department of Counseling Psychology and
Guidance Services to pursue the master’s degree in Counseling (School
Concentration). Completion of this master’s degree allows for the
recommendation for a school counselor’s license. According to state statute,
candidates for licensure must provide evidence of current CPR/AED certification
(through state approved agencies) and documentation that they have completed
suicide prevention training (through state approved agencies) prior to license
This license will require a minimum of 70
graduate semester hours in School Psychology or a related field. The school
psychologist license will state “All Schools” under school settings, since the
standards ensure that the school psychologist will be well versed in
curriculum, pedagogy, and student characteristics of all development levels.
According to state statute, candidates for licensure must provide evidence of
current CPR/AED (through state approved agencies) certification documentation
that they have completed suicide prevention training (through state approved
agencies) prior to license recommendation.
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT/DECISION POINTS
Grade points will be checked at the end of each semester beginning when students earn 30 hours. An overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission to the teaching curriculum (at the end of DP2) and continuation in all educator preparation programs.
Decision Point 1:
Identification with Professional Education
As a prerequisite to applying for admission to teacher education and to enroll in any professional education course after earning 30 credit hours, candidates must have:
Decision Point 2:
Admission to Teacher Education
For admission to a teaching curriculum and to register in any 300-level and above professional education course, candidates must have:
Decision Point 3:
Admission to Student Teaching
To register for student-teaching courses, students must have:
Decision Point 4:
Recommendation for Graduation and Licensure
To be recommended for graduation and licensure, students must have:
EDUCATION: GENERAL (EDGE)
390 Honors Colloquium in Education (2)
The critical analysis and evaluation of selected controversial issues in American education. Restricted to honors students.
INITIAL INSTRUCTIONAL AND ADDITION, LICENSURE PROGRAMS
*Addition, or Add-on license programs. Requires
that the candidate complete an initial program in a standard license area, pass
the appropriate exam(s), and achieve their initial license before the addition
can be obtained.
**Social Studies – Initial instructional license includes at least
two content areas. Additions can be either in single, or in multiple content
areas. The content areas for both the initial license, and addition, include
economics, geographical perspectives, government and citizenship, historical
perspectives, psychology, and sociology.
*** World Language – Ball State offers several initial license programs in various world languages. They include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Chinese (Mandarin).
CTE – Career Technical Education
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