Teresa Gross and students

Receiving this award (from President Obama) provides validation of my dedication and commitment to providing quality, authentic science experiences for my students.”—Teresa Gross, graduate of the master’s in elementary education program, science teacher, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Read her story. 

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Learn more about Ball State's master's in elementary education and get connected with the elementary school advisor by filling out our request form.

If you’re ready to take on a new leadership role in your school system but want to do it on your own terms, Ball State University offers you one of the most customizable master’s in education in elementary education programs in the nation.

Plus, our master’s is offered 100 percent online.

You can choose a degree focus that plays to your academic strengths and interests, whether it’s early childhood educationenhanced teaching practices or reading and literacy instruction. If you want to choose a specialty area, you can choose from six other focus areas: autism, computer education for teachers, gifted and talented education, human development and learning, middle school education, or response to intervention.

Our Certificates Add Value and Flexibility
When you complete the Ball State master of arts in education (MAE) program, you will be eligible to have a graduate-level certificate awarded for the focus area you have selected as a part of your degree program. You will receive a certificate verifying your completion of work in the specific focus area of your degree, and the certificate will be placed in your official university transcript.

If you wish to obtain only a specialized certificate and not complete the entire MAE degree, you'll learn more in each of the three focus areas. 

Experts at Educating Educators
Ball State was founded as a teachers college in 1918, so teacher education has had a unique role on our campus from the beginning. One of the most comprehensive and renowned colleges of education in the country, our Teachers College ranks in the top 25 in the nation for the number of nationally recognized educator programs offered.

While you are a student in the program, you will be treated as a professional educator by our faculty, as well as teacher-classmates with whom you’ll have frequent interaction. The same Ball State professors who teach face-to-face classes on our campus, and all of whom have doctorates, will mentor you and encourage you to use lessons learned when you head off to your daily classroom.

Need more reasons to consider Ball State’s graduate program in elementary education? 

Academic Advisor

Linda Martin
Department of Elementary Education

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Learn more about admission requirements for this degree.