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Are you passionate about teaching children during their most formative years from birth to 3rd grade? Do you envision yourself as a teacher committed to training the next generation? Then Ball State's licensure in early childhood education is right for you.

The program will prepare you to become an outstanding teacher with a strong foundation in child development theory, research, and developmentally appropriate practice.

What You Will Learn

As part of our early childhood education licensure program, you'll learn concepts surrounding human growth and development for early childhood education, planning for elementary classrooms, educational psychology, and more.

You'll also learn:

  • how to value the strengths and assets of families and communities
  • how to become a culturally responsive teacher committed to social justice

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Emily Brown Hoffman

Great teachers change lives. But what’s the best way to prepare aspiring elementary educators to be classroom heroes? That question inspires education professor Emily Hoffman every day. Learn more about her work.

Program Benefits

You'll learn from and work directly with dedicated faculty members who have at least three years of professional experience in classrooms and other school settings.

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We prepare teachers who are culturally responsive and committed to social justice through engagement with the community.

Our programs offer real-world applications and immersive learning projects, in which you'll gain valuable, hands-on experience working alongside community organizations such as museums, childcare centers, and community agencies.

You also have a variety of opportunities to travel and learn, including studying abroad in England and student teaching in Texas or Germany.

Study Abroad SCC Immersive Learning

As a freshman, you’ll live in Palmer/Davidson Halls with other Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies students.

Our Living-Learning Community will allow you to get to know your classmates and connect with our campus through team-building activities that promote higher academic achievement.

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You'll begin working in the field, directly with students and professional teachers, and this will continue through student teaching to graduation.

Through Ball State's Professional Development Schools program, we partner with a number of elementary schools and early childhood centers to provide placements for our practicum students and student teachers. 

Our Urban Experience, which has been running for more than 20 years, will allow you to take all of your courses off campus at a school in the Indianapolis area. This program is during the first semester of your senior year, which allows you stay in the district to student teach, if you wish.

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Dual Major with Early Childhood Special Education

Prepare to work with children from birth to 3rd grade in an inclusive setting. In addition to being qualified to teach typically developing children in a preschool or school setting, you will be able to work with children with special needs and disabilities from birth to age 5 within an agency or public school. Learn more about our early childhood special education program.

For a complete list of all dual major courses, their descriptions, and other requirements, please see our Course Catalog.

Major Requirements

The licensure program in early childhood education includes the University Core Curriculum, specialized early childhood coursework, professional education classes, and specialized electives to round out your degree.

During your junior year, you must be admitted to the teaching curriculum with a "C" or better on identified courses and a 3.0 GPA.

Credits Required



  • Education in a Democratic Society
  • Family and Community Relations
  • Early and Elementary Education for Social Justice
  • Creative Experiences for Young Children
  • Culture and Language in Teaching and Learning
  • Early Childhood Language Arts

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National Accreditation

The Teachers College is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Learn more.

For a complete list of all courses, their descriptions, and other requirements, please see our Course Catalog. Or for an overview of a common course of study for our students, download our sample four-year plan.

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Course Plans

Download one of the following four-year course plans for an overview of a common course of study for our students.

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Student Teaching

You'll participate in a semester of student teaching. This experience will give you a planned, supervised environment where you will demonstrate the knowledge, performance, and dispositions you learned in your Ball State classes. You may choose to student teach here in Indiana or pursue an opportunity throughout the U.S. or abroad. Learn more.

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to its own students to recognize them for their achievements. Specific information about scholarships will be available at a later date.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing a licensure in elementary education? The first step is to apply as an undergraduate student to Ball State University.

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More Information

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