Clinical Practice Network


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Field-based clinical experience cannot be underestimated for the positive effect it has on preparing educators for success. Our students begin their field experiences early, in schools with qualified clinical faculty.

The Ball State University Clinical Practice Network provides high-quality clinical practice for our teacher candidates and positively impacts P-12 student learning through effective partnerships. Network partners work with us to create developmentally appropriate experiences where our students    
can apply their knowledge, practice professional skills,
and develop the professional dispositions necessary to become successful teachers. Partnerships provide a supportive environment for preservice teachers, where all partners are committed to student learning, educator preparation, and faculty development.

The Clinical Practice Network is comprised of partnership schools, professional development schools, the Burris Laboratory School, and community partners.

Our Clinical Practice Network partners work with us to develop and implement our clinically-based curriculum. The shared goals of the Clinical Practice Network include:

  • promoting high-quality clinical practice through effective and collaborative partnerships
  • improving all learning and development for P-12 student and teacher candidates
  • providing school and university partners with professional development that promotes high-quality practice 
  • establishing clear and shared expectations of university teacher candidates
  • supporting school improvement and Ball State strategic plans

The Clinical Practice Network sustains and expands Ball State’s legacy of shared-partnership values and high-quality educator preparation.

For more information, contact Peggy Lewis, director of Ball State University Schools Network, at 765-285-3263 or

Office of the Dean
Teachers College (TC), Room 1005
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0625

Phone: 765-285-5251
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