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Ball State offers more than a dozen teaching majors outside of the Teachers College. You will learn about your field of study through content courses in their home departments, and will complement that knowledge by developing your understanding of the fundamentals of teaching through pedagogy courses in Teachers College.

Majors

Students who are interested in becoming secondary or junior high school teachers will first follow the program plans and guidance from their primary content area. They will receive their degree from their major content area.

These majors include:

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National Accreditation

The Teachers College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Learn more.

Students can pursue many licensure and minor options that complement their teaching degree.

Program Benefits

Our programs offer hands-on applications and immersive learning projects that make finding a job after graduation much easier.

Our Teacher’s College is one of the highest-ranked in the country.

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Our instructors have practiced in the field themselves. Thanks to our low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll learn from and work directly with them.

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Courses in Teachers College

Students will take professional education requirements through the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology. These courses may differ depending on the content area, but generally they will included:

  • EDSE 150 Intro to Secondary Education (or a similar course in content area)
  • EDMU 205 Intro to Multicultural Education
  • EDPS 251 Human Growth and Development for Secondary Education
  • EDPS 390 Educational Psychology
  • EDFO 420 Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • EDSE 380 / EDJH 385 Teaching practicum in Secondary and Junior High Education (Taken as two eight-week courses. These must be passed the semester before student teaching.)
  • EDSE 460/465 Student Teaching

Scholarships for Our Students

Students can apply for scholarships through the Educational Studies department to help fund their education.

As a result of the generous bequest of Marina E. Axeen, a scholarship awards program has been established. Awards of $300 or more are available to Ball State students toward the payment of tuition for the academic year.

Funds for these awards are made available through the University Development and the Ball State University Foundation, and are administered by the office of Scholarship and Financial Aid in conjunction with the Department of Educational Studies. This scholarship program was established to attract qualified students to the Educational Technology academic programs.

Applications are due on November 18th of Fall Semester.

For more information, contact:

Denise Harris
Department Secretary
765-285-5461
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This scholarship is established to help defray loss of income occurring when serious students, working their way through Ball State, engage in full-time student teaching during their final semesters. The scholarship aims to reduce the economic burden for one special academic semester in which the recipients are enrolled in full-time student teaching.

Applications due on November 1 for Spring scholarships and on April 1 for Fall scholarships.

For more information, contact:

Denise Harris
Department Secretary
765-285-5461
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Contacts and Advising

Since each content area has a different set of guidelines for becoming a teacher, students should first discuss the option with their primary advisor. After passing a series of decision points, students will be admitted to the Teaching Curriculum (TCUR), a requirement for taking courses in the Teachers College.

Cresta Hancock
Educational Studies
Secondary Education Advising
TC 822
765-285-2719
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For assistance with decision points, teaching curriculum, and permissions for EDSE 150, EDMU 205, EDFO 420, EDSE 380 and EDJH 385 in the Department of Educational Studies

Department of Educational Psychology
TC 505
Phone: 765-285-8500

For assistance with EDPS 251 and EDPS 390

Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice
TC 205
Phone: 765-285-1168

For information on Student Teaching, EDSE 460/465, and licensing

Paying for Your Education

Ready to Apply?

Ball State has established a reputation of being a leader in educating tomorrow's teachers. Are you ready to join them? The first step is applying to the university through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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