Teachers College values being a good neighbor. Through our centers, schools, and offices, we engage communities, serve teachers and students, and advance education throughout Indiana.

Centers and Labs

Centers, clinics, and labs provide experiences for Ball State students and essential services for the public. Services range from supporting those on the autism spectrum to helping educators teach economics.

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) was founded to produce meaningful answers to the questions that most challenge the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) community. By using rigorous research methods and addressing crucial gaps in services, our team seeks to serve those affected by ASD. We also seek to build the capacity of communities to meet the growing needs of individuals with ASD, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Toward that end, we train graduate and undergraduate students to provide services in the context of applied research. We strive to generate innovative, time-efficient, cost-effective treatments that work, so that people with ASD can reach their full potential.

Center for Economic Education

The Center for Economic Education brings Ball State’s top-notch economics education to K-12 students. The center prepares both in-service and pre-service teachers to help K-12 students become responsible citizens, productive workers, knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers and investors, effective participants in the global economy, and lifelong decision-makers.

Center for School Innovation

We combine the comprehensive expertise and resources of Ball State University’s nationally recognized faculty and programs to help schools develop innovative approaches to K-12 education. It is an interdisciplinary center led by Teachers College, the College of Architecture and Planning, and the Miller College of Business.

Neuropsychology Lab

The Neuropsychology Laboratory was established in 1984 as a research and teaching facility of the Department of Educational Psychology. The laboratory also serves the larger community by assessment of, and remedial planning for, people with neurologic disorders. Research concerns an understanding of brain mechanisms responsible for simple and complex patterns of mental functioning. The Neuropsychology Laboratory provides support for neuropsychology courses offered through the Department of Educational Psychology's cognate specialization in neuropsychology. The laboratory is also a site for internships in the school psychology doctoral program. This training takes the form of service to the community—staff members see patients referred by medical practitioners, public schools, and other agencies.

TEACH Lab

The TEACH Lab is an adaptive computer lab in the Department of Special Education. The TEACH Lab serves three purposes:

  • provides adaptive computer experiences for education students in the Department of Special Education
  • provides a resource center for Indiana special educators
  • assists educators in assessing the computing needs of children with special needs

Burris Laboratory School

Burris Laboratory School is a K-12 school that provides valuable teaching and learning experiences for Ball State education majors. It consistently ranks among top schools in Indiana.

Indiana Academy

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is operated by Ball State University and devoted to educating high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate extraordinary ability and a commitment to scholarship.

Professional Development Schools

Professional Development Schools work with Ball State faculty to promote professional development for teachers in the school, offer quality teacher preparation for Ball State candidates working in the school, and improve learning and achievement for the school’s students.

Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice

The Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice organizes the placement of student teachers, administers practicums and other field experiences, serves as a liaison between Ball State students and the state licensing agency, and oversees the Clinical Practice Network.

Office of Charter Schools

The Office of Charter Schools sponsors charter schools that meet its rigorous application process for high-quality public education.

Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation

The Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation provides research, consultation and training to universities, schools, and communities to develop or refine teacher preparation programs.

Public School Study Councils

Two study councils exist to improve education in dues-paying member schools. The councils study educational issues and promote effective educational practices.