Thinking about becoming a classroom teacher? We invite you to explore our many opportunities, including elementary, middle/secondary licensure, and special education.

Licensure Degree Programs

If you’re passionate about teaching, consider one of our many teacher education programs at Ball State. 

Elementary Education

Programs in elementary education prepare students to teach children in early childhood programs and in kindergarten through sixth grades.

Student teacher teaching children

Programs in special education prepare teachers to work with students with exceptional needs including those students who are deaf, require mild intervention, or severe interventions.

Teacher showing student a camera

Programs in secondary education prepare you to be licensed to teach specific academic subjects such as mathematics, science, or English in middle/junior high and/or high schools. In addition to courses in the major that you choose, you will complete core curriculum requirements and professional education courses.

Teacher in band class

Programs in all-grade education prepare you to be licensed to teach the special subjects of music, health/physical education, or visual arts in elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools. In addition to courses in the major that you choose, you will complete core curriculum requirements and professional education courses.

Teacher and students in science class

If you are already a classroom teacher, consider adding to your credentials by adding one or more of our additional licensing programs.

Teacher working with two children

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Our licensure programs are among the many opportunities we offer to aspiring educators or those already in the profession wanting to advance their own educations. We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs that will prepare you for teaching, counseling, administrating, and many other vital roles in schools. See all of our programs.

Conceptual Framework

Programs to prepare teachers at Ball State University are built around a distinctive set of beliefs and commitments that our faculty hold. In other words, we have a vision that guides us in preparing teachers and helps us define the qualities we seek to instill in the teachers we prepare. As a graduate of a Ball State teacher education program, you can be expected to display these distinctive qualities and characteristics as a professional teacher.

Steps to Licensure

To become a licensed teacher, the following requirements must be met through the decision points.

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Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points

Grade points will be checked at the end of each semester beginning when students earn 30 credits. An overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission to the teaching curriculum (at the end of Decision Point 2) and continuation in all educator preparation programs.

As a prerequisite to applying for admission to teacher education and to enroll in any professional education course after earning 30 credits, candidates must have:

  • earned a minimum of 30 credits with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.75
  • completed an introductory professional education course with a C or better

For admission to a teaching curriculum and to register in any 300-level and above professional education course, candidates must have:

  • earned grades of C or better in 100- and 200-level professional education courses and COMM 210 or equivalent
  • earned a minimum of 45 credits with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0
  • passed the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) at OELD score levels; SAT, GRE, or ACT scores may substitute for CASA under some circumstances
  • satisfied content requirements specified by the student’s licensure area; for specific requirements, students should see their Degree Works and Tk-20 profiles
  • met International Society for Technology Education Standards (ISTE) at the General Preparation level
  • maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs

To register for student-teaching courses, students must have:

  • earned grades of C or better in all 300- and 400-level professional education courses
  • earned a minimum of 93 credits with overall grade-point average of at least 3.0
  • be within 9 credits of completion of content courses
  • maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in professional education courses and 2.5 in all content area courses
  • satisfied content requirements specified by the student’s licensure area; for specific requirements, students should see their Degree Works and Tk-20 profiles
  • met ISTE standards at the Professional Preparation level
  • maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs
  • an approved application for student teaching

To be recommended for graduation and licensure, students must have:

  • earned credit in student teaching
  • completed all requirements for graduation with an overall grade-point average of 3.0
  •  maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in professional education courses and 2.5 in all content area courses
  • met ISTE standards at the Student Teaching/Internship level
  • successfully completed service learning requirements
  • maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs
  • provided evidence of current CPR/AED certification (through state-approved agencies) prior to license recommendation
  • provided evidence of completion of suicide prevention training prior to license recommendation