The world of children is one of excitement, wonder, and challenge. Because patterns of thinking and learning are formed at an early age, teachers can have a profound influence on young children.
Widely recognized for excellence, the Department of Elementary Education focuses on preparing leaders in the field of early childhood and elementary education.
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Our undergraduate program focuses on preparing licensed teachers for grades K-6. This major can be combined with special education for a dual major.
Our master's program, meanwhile, allows teachers to build additional expertise in an area of interest, such as literacy, high-ability students, or autism. At the doctoral level, the EdD in elementary education is for those aiming for a leadership role in education, and the PhD in elementary education is for graduate students interested in becoming college professors.
The Teachers College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Learn more.
All faculty members have been classroom teachers and continue to connect with classrooms through practicum supervision and research. Many faculty members have been at Ball State for several years and have been recognized for their outstanding work.
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