Undergraduate Course Catalog

Teacher Licensing

The Ball State University programs for the preparation of teachers and other public school personnel meet the standards of the Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD) of the Indiana Department of Education. 

The teacher education programs meet the academic requirements for the initial teaching license. These programs are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, providing added benefits to students and graduates in terms of transfer of credit, recognition of degrees, and reciprocity of teacher licenses. 

Under the Licensure Framework of OELD, the teaching license will reflect the standards for which the candidate has demonstrated competency through the completion of a degree program. The license will state (1) the school setting(s) in which the candidate is licensed to teach, and (2) the content area(s) that the candidate is licensed to teach. 

APPLICATION FOR TEACHING LICENSE 

Every teaching assignment as a professional teacher in a state-approved school requires a teaching license based upon the recommendation of the teacher preparation institution, except for testing additions. An institutional recommendation is based upon meeting the OELD standards required for the licensure program, as indicated by successful performance on all required assessments in the Ball State Unit Assessment System. Details regarding the OELD standards and assessments for specific licensure areas may be found by consulting the Professional Education Handbook

Students should apply for the Indiana instructional license through the Indiana Department of Education’s Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) no earlier than two weeks before the completion of all academic requirements and always after the completion of all licensing examinations. According to state statute, candidates for licensure must provide evidence of current CPR/AED certification and documentation that they have completed suicide prevention training prior to license recommendation.

Applicants for teacher licensing in other states requiring the recommendation of Ball State University must also submit such applications to the Office of Teacher Education Services.

The Initial Practitioner license issued by the OELD is valid for two years in Indiana. During those two years, the beginning teacher must successfully complete the Indiana Mentoring and Assessment Program (IMAP), at which point a Proficient Practitioner license is awarded, which is valid for five years. Renewal of the Proficient Practitioner license and awarding of the Accomplished Practitioner license is achieved through a program of continuing professional development based on the OELD standards or six hours of course work at Ball State University.

A person who has earned a bachelor’s degree and who wants to complete requirements for an Indiana teaching license or add a teaching area to a license must be evaluated and advised for admission to a postgraduate program by the Office of Teacher Education Services.

A student holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Indiana institution other than Ball State who wants to be recommended for a teaching license by Ball State University must be admitted as a regular graduate or postgraduate student and must meet the requirements of the approved university teacher education program.

SCHOOL SERVICES INITIAL PRACTITIONER LICENSE 

School Counselor 

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, persons interested in pursuing school counselor licenses must apply to the Graduate School to be admitted to graduate study. After being admitted to graduate study, application must be made to the Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services to pursue the master’s degree in Counseling (School Concentration). Completion of this master’s degree allows for the recommendation for a school counselor’s license. According to state statute, candidates for licensure must provide evidence of current CPR/AED certification and documentation that they have completed suicide prevention training prior to license recommendation.  

School Psychologist 

This license will require a minimum of a master’s degree in School Psychology or a related field. The school psychologist license will state “All Schools” under school settings, since the standards ensure that the school psychologist will be well versed in curriculum, pedagogy, and student characteristics of all development levels. According to state statute, candidates for licensure must provide evidence of current CPR/AED certification documentation that they have completed suicide prevention training prior to license recommendation. 

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT/DECISION POINTS 

Grade points will be checked at the end of each semester beginning when students earn 30 hours. An overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission to the teaching curriculum (at the end of DP2) and continuation in all educator preparation programs.

Decision Point 1:
Identification with Professional Education 

As a prerequisite to applying for admission to teacher education and to enroll in any professional education course after earning 30 credit hours, candidates must have: 

  • earned a minimum of 30 credit hours with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.75;
  • completed an introductory professional education course with a C or better grade;
  • satisfactorily completed the first-level portfolio review.

Decision Point 2:
Admission to Teacher Education 

For admission to a teaching curriculum and to register in any 300-level and above professional education course, candidates must have: 

  • earned grades of C or better in 100- and 200-level professional education courses and COMM 210 or equivalent; 
  • earned a minimum of 45 credit hours with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0; 
  • passed the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) at OELD score levels; SAT, GRE, or ACT scores may substitute for CASA under some circumstances; 
  • satisfied content requirements specified by the student’s licensure area. For specific requirements, students should see the licensure area Web site or handbook; 
  • satisfactorily completed the second-level portfolio review;
  • met International Society for Technology Education Standards (ISTE) at the General Preparation level; 
  • maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs. 

Decision Point 3:
Admission to Student Teaching 

To register for student-teaching courses, students must have:

  • earned grades of C or better in all 300- and 400-level professional education courses;
  • earned a minimum of 93 hours with overall grade-point average of at least 3.0; 
  • be within 9 hours of completion of content courses;
  • maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in professional education courses and 2.5 in all content area courses; 
  • satisfied content requirements specified by the student’s licensure area. For specific requirements, students should see the licensure area Web site or handbook; 
  • satisfactorily completed the third-level portfolio review;
  • met ISTE standards at the Professional Preparation level;
  • maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs; 
  • an approved application for student teaching.

Decision Point 4:
Recommendation for Graduation and Licensure 

To be recommended for graduation and licensure, students must have:

  • earned credit in student teaching; 
  • completed all requirements for graduation with an overall grade-point average of 3.0; 
  • maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in professional education courses and 2.5 in all content area courses; 
  • satisfactorily completed the fourth-level portfolio review; 
  • met ISTE standards at the Student Teaching/Internship level; 
  • successfully completed service learning requirements;
  • passed the official Indiana specialty area licensure tests (see your advisor for details); 
  • maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs.
  • provided evidence of current CPR/AED certification prior to license recommendation; 
  • provided evidence of completion of suicide prevention training prior to license recommendation;
  • provided a completed license application through the Indiana Department of Education’s Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS).

EDUCATION: GENERAL (EDGE) 

390 Honors Colloquium in Education (2)
The critical analysis and evaluation of selected controversial issues in American education. Restricted to honors students. 

INITIAL INSTRUCTIONAL AND ADDITION, LICENSURE PROGRAMS

License   Grade Level Coverage 
Business Education  5-12
Chemistry 
5-12
*Computer Education Addition
P-12
Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education—Dual Major

P-3 Early Childhood ONLY (special education portion is reflected through a non-licensure certificate)
Early Childhood Education  P-3
Earth/Space Science 5-12
Elementary Education K-6
Engineering and Technology 5-12
*English Learners Addition (English as a New Language) P-12
English/Language Arts 5-12
Exceptional Needs: Mild Interventions—Dual Major in Special Education and Elementary Education K-6
Exceptional Needs: Early Childhood Special Education, Mild Interventions P-6

Exceptional Needs: Hearing Impaired/Deaf K-12
Exceptional Needs: Mild Interventions K-12
Exceptional Needs: Intense Interventions K-12
Family and Consumer Sciences  5-12
*High Ability Education Addition P-12
Health Education 5-12
*Health Education Addition 5-12
Journalism 5-12
*Journalism Addition  5-12
Life Science 5-12
Mathematics 5-12
Middle School Mathematics  5-9
*Middle School Mathematics Addition (Elementary Education ONLY) 5-9
Music Education: Instrumental and General P-12
Music Education: Vocal and General P-12
Physical Education P-12
Physical Science 5-12
Physics 5-12
**Social Studies Education 5-12
**Social Studies Addition 5-12
*Reading Addition Same grade level as initial License
Theatre P-12
Visual Arts P-12
***World Language Education 5-12

*Addition, or Add-on license programs. Requires that the candidate complete an initial program in a standard license area, and achieve their initial license before the addition can be obtained.

**Social Studies – Initial instructional license includes at least two content areas. Additions can be either in single, or in multiple content areas. The content areas for both the initial license, and addition, include economics, geographical perspectives, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology, and sociology.

*** World Language – Ball State offers several initial license programs in various world languages. They include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Chinese (Mandarin).