If you’re an elementary school or early childhood education educator, you may be aware of the significant need for master teachers who can mentor early childhood professionals.

Ball State can provide you with the skills and strategies to be a mentor-teacher with its online early childhood education master teacher graduate certificate.

With this certificate, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply research-based early childhood education (ECE) skills in the area of child development and learn to elevate teaching practices
  • Apply effective teaching strategies and practices to promote positive outcomes for young children and families
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with ECE professionals, children, families, and community partners
  • Apply a variety of perspectives that are knowledgeable, reflective, and critical to promote professional growth, social change in the classroom and in the field of early childhood education.

The program consists of 15 credits of course work aligned to the Indiana Professional Development Network’s Core Knowledge and Competency document. The five courses are the beginnings of a master’s in education with an early childhood focus, which requires just five more courses to complete.

CAEP accreditedThis program is offered by the Department of Elementary Education, housed within Ball State's nationally ranked Teachers College. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Council for the Association of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Courses You Will Take (15 credits)

  • EDEL 640: Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644: Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • EDEL 651: Educational Programs for Young Children (3 credits)
  • EDEL 653: Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • EDEL 672: Mentoring Early Childhood Professionals (3 credits)

Admission Requirements and How to Apply

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Our online application will guide you through the process.
You will need to meet the graduate certificate admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School.

The program does not require you to complete the GRE.

Application deadlines

  • Fall semester: July 10
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Summer semester: April 15

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. Certain conditions may apply depending on what regulations your state has and what degree you are seeking. Learn more about state authorization for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

This certificate is offered only in an online format. U.S. policies do not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses.

However, you may be able to study online from your home country.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

If you’re an international student, in addition to the admission requirements listed above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs. You will also send ALL of your application materials required by the Graduate School and the educational psychology department.

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.


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