Expert Engagement in Context: A Conceptual Framework for Professional Education (PDF) 

The mission of the professional education program at Ball State University is to prepare engaged educational experts who are sensitive and responsive to the contextual bases of teaching, learning, and development.

Welcome to Teacher Education at BSU 

  • What Makes Ball State Teachers Distinctive?
  • Keys to Success
  • Instructional License Programs
  • Places to Know on the Ball State Campus

Becoming a Teacher 

  • Preparing to Become a Licensed Teacher
  • Standards Required for Licensure
  • General Requirements


  • Tests Required for Licensure
  • Indiana Teaching Licenses
  • Applying for a Teaching License
  • CPR/Heimlich Maneuver Certification Requirement
  • Ball State University Suicide Education and Prevention Training
  • Indiana Beginning Teacher Residency Program
  • Reciprocity and Your License

Field Experience 

  • Importance of Field Experiences
  • Special Opportunities
  • Criminal History Check
  • Zachary's Law
  • Observation and Participation
  • Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching Orientation/Seminar
  • Termination from Student Teaching

Professional Organizations 

  • Student Organizations for Professional Education Majors
  • National Professional Education Organizations

Decision Points

To complete a teacher education program and to be recommended for licensing by Ball State, the candidate must move through four decision points. Please visit the rGrade Web site for specific requirements for your licensing area. 

Digital Portfolio Process (PDF)