Are you interested in one of our transition to teaching programs? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

Dates and Deadlines

All of your application materials need to be received prior to the deadline for the semester you wish to begin.

Elementary Education

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Secondary Education

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

An application and all required materials must be received by the application deadline. Receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline does not guarantee review. International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

Before You Begin...

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.

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If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

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If you are a current, admitted Ball State student but have not taken classes for more than a year or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes, you need to select the:

Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in the application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.

Elementary Education

Admission to the program is competitive and there are a limited number of spots available in each year's cohort.

Degree

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

GPA

You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

GRE

Our program does not require you to take the GRE.

Materials

You'll submit the following materials with your application:

  • Letter of application, including a personal statement addressing why you wish to become a teacher, why you should be selected for the transition to teaching program and how you will contribute to the profession, and a statement about your access to an educational setting in order to practice teaching with children
  • Student Teaching Plan, a one paragraph statement about where you plan to complete your 16 weeks of full-time student teaching.
  • Vita or résumé, highlighting relevant education experience and other experience working with children
  • names and email addresses for two references who have knowledge of your professional and/or academic work. A letter of recommendation will be solicited from each listed reference via email upon submission of the application.
  • Transition to Teaching Contract, a document that you will complete with your program advisor. Email online@bsu.edu to request a template.

Admission to the program is competitive and there are a limited number of spots available in each year's cohort.

Degree

You must have a bachelor’s degree in the content area you wish to teach from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

GPA

You must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

GRE

Our program does not require you to take the GRE.

Materials

You'll submit the following materials with your application:

  • Letter of application, including a personal statement addressing why you wish to become a teacher, why you should be selected for the transition to teaching program and how you will contribute to the profession, and a statement about your access to an educational setting in order to practice teaching
  • Vita or résumé, listing educational and job experiences
  • Three letters of reference from professional contacts who can attest to your abilities as a student and/or teacher
  • Passing Core Content Exam Scores, if your bachelor’s is in a different field than the one you have chosen to teach.

2. Prepare your transcripts.

Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants. Please review our instructions before you apply. (You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts in order to apply.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.

Fee

Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

Check Application Status

Questions?

If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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