Undergraduate Course Catalog

Teachers College

J. Jacobson, Dean; L. Mullen, Associate Dean for Teacher Education

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 the content of their disciplines;
  • understand the development of learners; 
  • understand differences among diverse learners; 
  • manage and motivate learners effectively; 
  • design effective learning strategies; 
  • communicate effectively; 
  • plan and integrate subject matter effectively; 
  • evaluate learner development effectively; 
  • engage in professional reflection and growth; 
  • participate in the life of their professional community.

University Core Curriculum
All general education requirements are met in the teaching major for elementary education and early childhood education, the majors in special education, and the major in hearing impaired/deaf.

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, physical education, and visual arts, see the listing for the Department of Educational Studies.

For special education and hearing impaired/deaf, 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 126.