Attention Students: NEW Policy for those observing at Burris Laboratory School.  

A mandatory video training is required to be completed by all employees, students, and volunteers who will be working with minors participating in a covered program or activity.  No one will be permitted to interact with minors without completing the video training.  This includes all observations and participations with Burris Laboratory School.

Attention Students, New Teacher Testing Requirement Replacing the Praxis II:

The ETS Praxis II deadline of May 31st, 2014 is approaching fast.  For more information on how this transition will impact your content area, please click on the Test Requirements link to the right, and find your major.  We have all been working hard on communicating the correct and appropriate information during this transition.  Through emails, face-to-face meetings, and social media, and we want to thank you for patience and assistance. 


Administration of The Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) will begin July 1, 2013, and will replace the PRAXIS I beginning September 1, 2013. Between July 1 and August 31, students may choose to complete eitherthe PRAXIS I or CASA. Find out more.

For more information on the CASA test, plan on attending our next information session on Thursday, March 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the Teacher's College Room 121.

Update for Student Teaching Applicants:

Urban Semester  - For those participating in the urban semester, it is our goal to place you in the same building during student teaching. The purpose is to create a year-long cohesive experience.  Therefore, when applying to student teaching, please intentionally select the county of your urban semester school, as your first preference, and email Mrs. Jennifer Haney (student teaching coordinator) with your building.


The Indiana General Assembly passed a budget, which created a new student teacher stipend program for students with financial need.  Two different stipends were created; one for minority students and one for students who plan to teach in "High-Needs" fields.  Students who are student teaching during the Fall 2013 semester and students who will be student teaching during the Spring 2014 semester are encouraged to apply now.  Please see the following links for more information.

Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities 

The 2013-2014 application for the Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available here.

Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields 

The 2013-2014 application for the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields is available here.


Suicide Prevention Courses at Ball State University

Ball State University will host several Suicide Prevention courses through the months of March and April 2014.  This course will fulfill the state requirements for your Indiana teaching license as well as any of the 'State-approved' courses which are listed below.   

To register for one of the Ball State University Suicide Prevention courses click here.

State-approved Suicide Prevention Programs
*Please remember to keep completion certificates to upload into your LVIS licensing file.

As of July 1, 2013 - Ball State University may not issue an initial teaching license to an applicant (includes instructional, student services and administrative licenses) at any grade level unless the applicant shows evidence of successfully completed education and training on the prevention of child suicide and the recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. This requirement does not apply to a completed license application submitted and paid for BY JUNE 30, 2013 in the LVIS online application system, even though the license may not be processed by licensing advisors or Indiana Department of Education staff until July 1, 2013 or after.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Office of Teacher Education Services at

Information About

Field Experiences 
OTES provides a responsible agency and administrative structure for moving practicums, participations and observations from a series of minimally related segments to a coordinated program of direct contacts with children, youth,teachers, and institutions.  

Student Teaching

OTES is the entity which organizes the placement of student teachers for Ball State University.  This includes the application process, the confirmation process, the assignment of placement, the assignment of university supervisor, and the coordination of the overall experience.

The licensing area of OTES serves as a liaison between BSU students obtaining an educational license and the state licensing agency in Indiana. 

Testing Requirements
For licensure in Indiana all teachers are required to take the Praxis I and II tests, or CASA.