Elementary Education

FAQs

Current Students

Who is my advisor?
How do I make an appointment with my advisor? 
How do I access DegreeWorks? 
How do I know what I could take at another university that will transfer back BSU?
How many hours do I have to complete to be a Junior? Senior?
How do I declare a minor or concentration area?
How do I get permission for courses?
In which courses do I have to earn a "C" or better?
Which courses are required prior to Decision Point 2: Admission to the teacher education?
Can I register for classes with the Teaching curriculum Course Restriction, even thought I have not passed Decision Point 2?  
Which courses are required prior to student teaching?
Where do I sign-up for Writing Proficiency Exam?
How do I sign-up for the PPST/Praxis I & Praxis II tests?
Do I need to take the Praxis I?
What are the passing scores on the Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST)?
Which Praxis II Tests are required for my major?

Prospective Students

If I transfer to Ball State, how long will it take to complete a degree in Elementary Education?
Who will evaluate my transfer credits before I transfer to Ball State?
Can I get course credit for work experience and volunteer work with children?
Can I graduate in 4 years?

 

Current Students

Who is my advisor?
The name of your advisor appears at the top of your DegreeWorks audit.

How do I make an appointment with my advisor?
The easiest way to make an appointment is by phone. 

How Do I acess DegreeWorks?
A link to DegreeWorks is found in Self-Service Banner.  my.bsu.edu

How do I know what I could take at another university that will transfer back BSU?
You may use the following website or speak with your advisor. www.transferin.net.

How many hours do I have to complete to be a Junior? Senior?
You must have 60 completed hours to reach junior status. You must have 90 hours to reach senior status. You can find your credit hours listed on your DegreeWorks audit.

How do I declare a minor or concentration area?
Change of major/minor forms are available in WQ 324 during Teachers College renovation.

In which courses do I have to earn a "C" or better?
Please consult rGrade and your advisor for requirements.

Which courses are required prior to Decision Point 2: Admission to Teacher Education? 
Please consult your rGrade for the requirements.

Can I register for classes with the Teaching Curriculum Course restriction, even though I haven't passed Decision Point 2?
No.  You must pass Decision Point 2 before registering for courses with the Teaching Curriculum Course restriction.

Which courses are required prior to student teaching?
Please consult rGrade and your advisor for the requirements.

Where do I sign-up for Writing Proficiency Exam?
Information regarding the WPE may be found at http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/universitycollege/writingproficiency

How do I sign-up for the Praxis II tests?

Register online 

How do I sign up for CASA?  

Do I need to take CASA?

If you meet the minimum requirements below, you do  not need to take CASA. 
ACT Composite:  24
SAT Verbal + Math:  1100

What are the passing scores on CASA?
Ball State University requires a minimum score of 220 on each subtest of CASA as a part of Decision Point 2.

Which Praxis II Tests are required for my major? 
Please visit www.ets.org/praxis/in/requirements 

For Elementary Education majors also completing the Junior High Licensure Area in Math, in addition to the Elemenatry Praxis II requirements, you must take:

  • Middle School Mathematics; test code 0069; passing score 156.

For those students completing a double major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, only the Elementary Praxis II tests are required.

Prospective Students

If I transfer to Ball State, how long will it take to complete a degree in Elementary Education?
It will take at least 6 semesters to complete the sequence of teaching courses.

Who will evaluate my transfer credits before I transfer to Ball State?
Transfer credits are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.

Can I get course credit for work experience and volunteer work with children?
Course credit is awarded for experience which is supervised by faculty members in the Department of Elementary Education as a component of a course in which the student is enrolled. Other experiences can be helpful as part of the teaching portfolio.

Can I graduate in 4 years?
The majors in Elementary Education (K-6), Early Childhood Education (Birth to Age 8), Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education, and Elementary Education/Special Education (K-6) are designed to be 8 semesters.