Ball State teaching graduates are some of the most well-prepared teachers in the state. This is because our students start gaining classroom experience from their first semester.

Classroom Observation and Experiences

As a freshman, you will begin observing classrooms. As you progress through the program, you'll gain more experience in advanced practicum courses. You'll be well prepared and know what to expect when you enter the classroom as a licensed teacher.

Classroom experiences are held in area schools and child care facilities, including Burris Laboratory School, Huffer Memorial Children's Center, Apple Tree Child Development Center, and other professional development schools.


You'll also gain experience with adaptive computer technology in the TEACH Lab, located in Teachers College. The TEACH Lab is one of the few labs of its kind in the country and provides students with invaluable experience using adaptive technology. Students enrolled in SPCED 331 and SPCED 631 spend half of each semester working in the lab to learn about computer adaptations for learners with special needs.

Residency at Indiana School for the Deaf
Students majoring in deaf education can take part in a one-year residential field experience at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis. This immersive program allows students to gain a better understanding of deaf culture and gain classroom and teaching experience.

Student Teaching
Students complete their student teaching in the last semester of the program. Generally, students are placed in schools in the following counties in Indiana: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Miami, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Wabash, Wayne, and Wells. To learn more about student teaching, visit the Office of Teacher Education Services (OTES)-Field Experiences.

Diagnostic Learning Center
The Diagnostic Learning Center provides opportunities for graduate students to gain experience evaluating children and students suspected of being learning disabled. Students work under faculty supervision and use a multidisciplinary model of assessment.