The Office of Teacher Education Services

Update for Student Teaching Applicants:


Students who want to spend a semester in Germany student teaching on a U.S. Military Base during the Fall, 2015 semester!   

Have you already applied for student teaching?  That’s okay.  Simply contact Mr. Jon Dee in the Office of Teacher Education Services to make the switch.   Questions about the Germany placement?  

Come to one of the upcoming  informational meetings in TC 301:   

 Fri., Feb. 6:  1 – 2:00 pm 

 Mon., Feb. 9: 10:00 – 11:00 am 

 Mon., Feb. 16: 4 – 5:00 pm   

Check out the website at:   

If you can’t attend a meeting and want to know more, contact Dr. Linda Taylor at LHUBER@BSU.EDU or by phone at 285-8567.

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 Tara Green (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 2014-2015 application for the Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available here.

Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields

The 2014-2015 application for the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields is available here.


Suicide Prevention Courses at Ball State University

At this time, there are no Suicide Prevention courses being offered at Ball State.  We will post those opportunities as they become available.

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.