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Admission to the early childhood program is a three-step process:

  1. Meet the admission requirements for the Department of Elementary Education. Those requirements are:
    1. An associate degree in early childhood education (including a practicum) or at least 45 credits that apply toward our early childhood education degree (approved by the program coordinator) - both must be from an accredited college or university.
    2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher of transferable credit

  2. Arrange for your sealed, official transcripts from all institutions of higher education you previously attended, to be sent to:

    Terri Manring
    Ball State Undergraduate Admissions
    Muncie, IN 47306

  3. Apply and pay the $55 nonrefundable application fee with a major credit card. Payment is made through the online application.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, your application and all supporting materials, such as other college or university transcripts, should be to us by the following dates:

  • Fall semester: August 1
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer semester: April 1 
    You will work with an advisor to see what core courses you may take in summer, but you will start your program sequence with the fall cohort.

Please plan for at least 3-4 weeks for staff from your previous institution(s) to send official transcripts to Ball State. We will review your application as soon as we receive all of your application materials.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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