Think of the most important and influential people from your childhood-a favorite teacher is probably among them. If you want to devote your career to playing that same essential role in the life of a child, then Ball State's Department of Elementary Education is the right choice.

Our programs equip you to shape and guide the next generation of learners. We provide a rigorous curriculum, immersive and experiential learning opportunities, impactful service programs in the community, real-world connections through the Burris Laboratory School (a K-12 incubator and innovator of effective teaching methods), and much more.

Bachelor's
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Elementary Education

On Campus

Prepare to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade. You'll have multiple opportunities to work with children and teachers in local schools and community organizations. You may also earn a dual major with special education. Learn more.

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Early Childhood Education (Licensure)

On Campus

Prepare to teach young children (birth through 3rd grade). You will gain a strong foundation in child development theory and research and developmentally appropriate methodology. You may also earn a dual major with special education. Learn more.

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Early Childhood Education (Non-licensure)

Online

Prepare to work in pre-kindergarten settings with our non-licensure track, offered entirely online. This program is ideal for anyone wanting to work with children five and younger who also wants the flexibility of an online degree. Learn more.

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Early Childhood Administration

Online

Step up from a role as a teacher in an early childhood program to that of a leader with our all-online graduate certificate in early childhood administration. Learn more.

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Literacy Instruction

Online

Meet the licensing requirements for reading teachers by the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability. Our online graduate certificate in literacy instruction is ideal for literacy coaches, literacy specialists, literacy interventionists, and other elementary teachers who'd like to add a reading license. Learn more.

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Applied Classroom Practices

Online

Help create early childhood classroom environments where students thrive. Our graduate certificate in applied classroom practices provides the credential administrators need-and exceeds those requirements. Learn more.

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MA in Elementary Education

Online

Get ready for a leadership role with a degree that focuses on your academic strengths and interests. Offered entirely online, our master of arts in elementary education is one of the most customizable programs of its kind in the country with multiple options and focus areas from which to choose. Learn more.

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EdD in Elementary Education

Pursue advanced development for public school professionals and others who seek leadership roles. This doctorate offers challenging courses, an accomplished and highly recognized faculty, and valuable field experiences. Learn more.

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PhD in Elementary Education

This doctorate is ideal for anyone interested in a career as a college or university professor. Take challenging courses with accomplished and highly recognized faculty and participate in valuable field experiences. Specialize in early childhood education or literacy education. Learn more.