Undergraduate Course Catalog

Teachers College

J. Jacobson, Dean; J. Stroud, Associate Dean; S. Paulson, Interim Associate Dean

Teachers College Mission and Vision 

Teachers College is committed to demonstrating excellence in P-12 education and to preparing outstanding professional educators and human service providers, supporting their induction and continuing education, promoting research and development in their fields, and influencing policy to enhance their efforts. The mission of the professional education unit at Ball State University is to prepare engaged educational experts who are sensitive and responsive to the contextual bases of teaching, learning, and development.

Teachers College seeks to fulfill this mission through the development and provision of:

  • outstanding programs for the preparation of professional educators and human service providers;
  • an institutional system of performance assessment for professional educators; 
  • significant and meaningful experimentation and innovation; 
  • exemplary demonstration and research opportunities for P-12 education professionals; 
  • outstanding models for professional development schools and collaborative school renewal efforts; 
  • high quality programs and services for exceptional learners and individuals with special needs; 
  • an array of educational and human resource services aimed at improving the quality of life for citizens; 
  • strategies for effective and appropriate uses of technology; 
  • meaningful international and multicultural experiences and opportunities; 
  • an outstanding and diverse faculty of teacher-scholars.

Teachers College programs are designed to produce professional educators and human service providers who: 

  • understand how learners grow and develop and can design and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences;
  • understand the learning needs of each individual by creating an inclusive environment; 
  • understand how to create learning environments that actively engage all learners; 
  • understand the content area and creates experiences that ensure that learners master the content; 
  • can use critical and creative thinking to connect the content to authentic local and global issues; 
  • can effectively monitor the learner’s progress using multiple methods of assessment; 
  • can effectively plan instruction that is rigorous, relates to the context in the community, and is in collaboration with others to ensure alignment with the curriculum; 
  • understand the need to apply a variety of instructional strategies; 
  • understand the value of self-assessment and problem for continuous improvement in their practice; 
  • understand the need to include the larger school community, and can adopt to multiple environments;
  • seek opportunities to lead by collaboration with the larger school community in ways that enhances student learning and advances the profession.

Professional Education 
For elementary education and early childhood education, see the listing for the Department of Elementary Education.
    For senior high, junior high, and middle school education, see the listing for the Department of Educational Studies
    For all-grade education in music education, health and physical education, and visual arts, see the listing for the Department of Educational Studies.
    For special education, hearing impaired/deaf, applied behavior analysis, and autism see the listing for the Department of Special Education

Concentration Areas 
For elementary education and early childhood education, the teaching major requirements are given in the statement of the Department of Elementary Education, and licensing coverage is given in the Teacher Licensing section. 
    For senior high, junior high, and middle school teaching, a teaching major is required. (Area requirements are given in the statements of the departments of instruction, and licensing coverage is given in the Teacher Licensing section.) 
    For all-grade education, an all-grade teaching major is required. (Area requirements are given in the statements of the departments of instruction, and licensing coverage is given in the Teacher Licensing section.) 

Electives 
Students must take as many hours of credit in electives as needed to increase the total to 120.