Research provides a clear connection between student success and teacher success. That’s why Indiana licensing regulations and teacher evaluations are moving to a model of improving teacher effectiveness. While the differentiation of teacher effectiveness is a district responsibility, the goal of the new evaluation process is to increase teacher effectiveness to achieve the “Highly Effective” teacher rating.

As part of your professional growth plan toward becoming an increasingly “Highly Effective” teacher, the completely online certificate in enhanced teaching practices for elementary teachers concentrates on the areas of purposeful planning, effective instruction, and teacher leadership. Focus is also given to daily classroom practice, including areas such as managing the classroom, use of technology, the teaching of reading, differentiated instruction, and forming family partnerships.

You can use the certificate as an interim step before completing your master's in elementary education and still complete a needed credential to meet state requirements. And you can apply the courses to your master’s when you decide to take that step.

Academic Advisor

Linda Martin, Professor
Department of Elementary Education

Course Requirements

The certificate consists of a sequence of five courses. There are no course prerequisites.

  • EDEL 626 Discipline and Classroom Management (3 credits)
  • EDEL 630 School, Family, and Community Partnerships (3 credits)
  • EDEL 655 Principles of Differentiation in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDEL 660 The Effective Use of Technology in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDRD 610 The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School (3 credits)

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

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