What Makes Ball State Teachers Distinctive?

The Conceptual Framework for Professional Education (PDF) at Ball State University

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 professional education program, you can be expected to display these distinctive qualities and characteristics as a professional teacher.

Expertise

Ball State teachers understand that effective teaching requires a high level of professional skill and knowledge. Ball State teachers will

  • have a deep and comprehensive knowledge of their subject matter;
  • know and use the best practices in their teaching; and
  • have a thorough understanding of students and how they develop and learn.

Graduates of the Ball State professional education programs will possess a level of know-how and a constant striving for expertise that will set them apart and mark them as outstanding teachers.

Engagement

Ball State teachers understand that quality learning takes place when teachers are involved interactively with students and their environments. Ball State teachers will

  • ensure that teachers and learners interact and participate with each other and with objects and ideas;
  • promote "hands-on" learning through collaboration, experimentation, and sharing; and
  • be engaged with students, parents, and the community in which they teach.

Graduates of the Ball State professional education programs will possess a commitment to a rich, ongoing interaction with all aspects of their personal, intellectual, social, and professional environment that will set them apart and mark them as outstanding teachers.

Context

Ball State teachers understand that learning takes place in many rich and varied contexts that students bring with them. Ball State teachers will

  • appreciate the unique intellectual and cultural characteristics that students possess;
  • recognize that students are active learners, capable of bringing their own unique resources into learning; and
  • adapt learning experiences to the multiple contexts in which students live and grow.

Graduates of the Ball State professional education programs will possess a deep and comprehensive understanding of the contexts in which students develop, interact, grow, and learn that will set them apart and mark them as outstanding teachers.