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Time for a Career Transition?

During your college years, you may not have thought about a career in a school classroom. But now, after some years in the workforce, you may like the idea of guiding children to a meaningful future and inspiring them to dream big.

The nationally recognized Ball State Teachers College can prepare you for the classroom with our online Transition to Teaching Program for Elementary Education. You can finish in four consecutive semesters and be ready to earn your teaching license.

You will perform your student teaching in a school where you work or at an another educational setting that is near your home. A Teachers College faculty member will supervise your teaching. Take note that our online faculty are the same Ball State professors who teach on campus.

What You Will Learn

The program includes coursework in teaching methods, child development, math and literacy, plus field experiences, and a 10-week student teaching experience. Except for student teaching and field experiences, you will pursue the program 100 percent online.

On Your Way to a Master’s Degree
If you finish the transition program, you need only four additional courses to complete a master’s degree in elementary education.

Competitively Priced
Ball State's graduate programs combine quality with an affordable cost. We recommend you compare the value of a Ball State program with any other.

Careers

Ball State’s Transition to Teaching program qualifies you to teach kindergarten through grade 6. And, schools need dedicated professionals like you. According to the Learning Policy Institute, approximately 100,000 classrooms nationwide are staffed by a teacher who is not fully qualified to teach.

Courses You Will Take (24 credits)

You are encouraged to take two courses each semester. Your academic advisor will help you.

  • EDEL 600 Basic Concepts in Elementary Education (3 credits)
  • EDEL 626 Discipline and Classroom Management: Some Practical Approaches (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • EDEL 690 Practicum in Elementary Education (3 credits)
  • EDRD 610 The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • EDRD 615 Early Literacy Development (3 credits)
  • EDPS 627 Child Development (3 credits)
  • MATH 680 Special Studies in the Teaching of Mathematics (3 credits) 

Scott Popplewell, Transition to Teaching Director“We encourage our students to challenge themselves to become outstanding educators and hold them to the highest standards. It is because of this that our graduates are highly regarded and recruited by school systems across Indiana and throughout the nation.”

Scott Popplewell, director of Ball State’s Transition to Teaching Program

 


 Admission Requirements and How to Apply 

Preferred Application Deadlines:

   Fall —June 1
   Spring—November 1

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Step 1: Meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School and apply online. Admission requirements include holding a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited college or university.

Step 2: Meet the admission requirements and apply to Ball State’s Department of Elementary Education as detailed below:  
  • Submission of Additional Information. E-mail the following documents to Allison Logan, academic advisor and recruiter:
    • Letter of application, including a personal statement addressing why you wish to become a teacher, why you should be selected for the Transition to Teaching program and how you will contribute to the profession, and a statement about your access to an educational setting in order to practice teach with children
    • Vita or resume, listing educational and job experiences
    • Three letters of reference from professional contacts who can attest to your abilities as a student and/or teacher
    • Items detailed below depending on whether you are an Indiana resident or a resident of another state.
  • Personal Interviews. Once all of your materials are received, you will be interviewed either online or in person to determine your acceptance into the program.
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The Power Behind the Program
The Transition to Teaching program is housed within the Department of Elementary Education, which is part of Ball State’s Teachers College. You will be learning from experienced educators who can help make your transition to the classroom smoother.

For Indiana Residents

If you hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, you do not have to submit any of the materials listed below.

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and are an Indiana resident, submit one of the following to be considered for admission into the Transition to Teaching program:

  • Your scores on the Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency. You must have passed the CASA to be eligible for acceptance. CASA testing is offered only at physical locations within Indiana.

  • Or, you can submit your test scores of any one of the following:
    • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on math, reading, grammar, and science
    • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on critical reading and math
    • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on verbal and quantitative prior to 8/1/11; or a GRE with a score of at least 301 based on verbal and quantitative on or after 8/1/11

Note: Writing scores (if taken) for the ACT, SAT, and GRE are not considered in the score total.

For Students Who Live Outside of Indiana

If you hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, you do not have to submit any of the materials listed below.

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and do not reside in Indiana, you should submit any one of the following:

  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on math, reading, grammar, and science
  • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on critical reading and math
  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on verbal and quantitative prior to 8/1/11; or a GRE with a score of at least 301 based on verbal and quantitative on or after 8/1/11

Note: Writing scores (if taken) for the ACT, SAT, and GRE are not considered.

If you live outside of Indiana, it is important that you are aware of your state’s reciprocal agreement with Indiana. Learn more about applying for licenses in other states.

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