Ball State was founded in 1918 to train teachers. As part of today’s comprehensive university, Teachers College still exemplifies everything for which Ball State stands. First and foremost, our mission calls for excellent preparation of tomorrow’s teachers and enhancement of the skills of today’s classroom leaders—through top-notch classroom training and meaningful experiential and immersive learning. But we also take seriously our critical role in research that will advance the profession of education and enhance quality of life in general.
The ultimate goal in educating teachers is, of course, to put our graduates in the classroom. In most cases, that can happen only with licensure, and licensure can happen only after training in an accredited program. We not only meet the requirements—we go well beyond.
The first level of accountability comes through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), but we have also earned accreditations from dozens of agencies that focus specifically on our numerous individual program areas. With the blessing of these knowledgeable and impartial judges, we can send our students on valuable field experiences and recommend our graduates for licensure.
Equally important to us is the approval we earn from our neighbors for our many community outreach services. Both our on-campus and off-campus outreach opportunities provide excellent experiences for our students, along with essential services for the community, ranging from quality preschool education to support for gifted student education to clinics that serve those with special educational and neuropsychology needs, just to name a few.
The Teacher Educator, in its 51st year, is a Ball State University Teachers College publication. This prestigious journal, co-edited by Teachers College faculty, serves as an international forum for stimulating discussion among educators who seek to challenge existing boundaries in the field.
There are numerous ways to get to know our college and the people who make it special. Meet our faculty and staff, and learn about great opportunities to join our faculty. Please always feel free to contact us, and if you have had an opportunity to interact with the dean’s office, please tell us how we’re doing.