• All Teachers College educator preparation programs have full accreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Indiana Department of Education. Thirty-four programs have additional recognition by their respective professional associations..
  • Our graduates have a nearly 90 percent pass rate on the Indiana Core Assessment for licensure in Indiana.
  • Ball State was one of four universities in Indiana selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to pilot a program to help overhaul teacher education and encourage exceptional science and math teacher candidates to seek long-term careers in high-need classrooms. This program is now expanding beyond Indiana’s borders.
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    Ball State is the first university in Indiana authorizing charter schools, helping to provide more choices in public education.
  • The Teacher Educator, a Teachers College publication, is the official journal of the Indiana Association of Teacher Educators. It’s been in publication since 1965.


  • Schools Within the Context of Community (SCC) has received many national honors. In 2018, SCC won the inaugural Excellence in Faculty Community Engagement Award from the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. The same year, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) bestowed the 2018 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award and named SCC one of four regional W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards. The program also received the 2017 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity from AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) and the 2016 Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Started in 2009, SCC is a partnership between Teachers College, Longfellow Elementary School, Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, Buley Community Center, and Muncie’s Whitely neighborhood. During and after school, Ball State students and professors supplement the work of Longfellow teachers, and students are matched with community mentors and attend events such as dinners, athletic competitions, and church services. Ball State had previously received the McAuliffe Award in 2005 for its Learning Assessment Model Project (LAMP).
  • The Department of Special Education has the only deaf education teacher-training program in Indiana. Students complete a one-year residency at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.
  • Our graduate education programs were ranked 4th in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 “Best Online Programs.”
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” ranked our graduate education programs No. 10.


  • Starting in their freshman classes, Ball State's education students are exposed to advanced instructional technology—including assembling an electronic portfolio—to prepare them for the 21st-century classroom.
  • Teachers College is the home of Ball State's first technology spin-off company, rGrade. As an ongoing research and development effort within Teachers College, rGrade has generated more than $1.5 million in grants for research and outreach programs that address assessment of student learning.
  • Teachers College's technologies have been featured on Apple's website, at the University of Cincinnati's Vision 2020 Conference, and in the Consortium for the Application of Technology and Learning Innovations in Schools of Education (CATALISE).

Schools (Early Childhood through High School)

  • The Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center is a partnership between Ball State’s Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies (who operated the former Ball State Child Study Center) and the Muncie YMCA (who ran the former Apple Tree Child Development Center) to create an innovative new program.
  • Burris Laboratory School, which serves Ball State's teaching majors, has been listed among the nation's best high schools since 2007 in analyses by U.S. News & World Report. In 2017, Burris was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for its commitment to sustainable practices.
  • The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities earned a Gold Medal on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools list. In 2016, it was named No. 3 on Niche’s “Best Public High Schools in America” and No. 1 on the organization’s “Best Public High Schools in Indiana.”