Rankings and Recognitions
Points of Distinction: Teachers College
  • All Teachers College education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the North Central Association, and the Indiana Professional Standards Board.
  • Ball State is the only university in Indiana authorizing charter schools, helping to provide more choices in public education.
  • The Teachers College collaborated with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to create the Sandlot Kids' Clubhouse, an interactive children's area at the museum where young fans can enhance their educational skills through baseball. The exhibit is staffed each summer by a Ball State intern.
Educational Leadership

  • For the fourth consecutive year, the educational leadership department has been ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as one of the nation's top leadership development programs, ranking 19th for 2008.

Graduate Programs

  • U.S. News & World Report in 2008 and 2009 listed Ball State's graduate programs in education in the top third in the nation.


  • Ball State was one of the first schools in the nation to require laptops for enrolling teacher education majors.
  • The Electronic Field Trips (EFT) program won two gold awards at the 2006 World Media Festival, and EFT has received eight Telly Awards. The live, interactive virtual field trips produced by the Teachers College annually reach students throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, and Switzerland.
  • Starting in their freshman classes, Ball State's education students are exposed to advanced instructional technology—including assembling an electronic portfolio—to prepare them for the 21st-century classroom.

Exceptional students

  • The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities at Ball State is one of only a few residential schools in the nation for gifted high school students.
  • The Department of Special Education has the only deaf education teacher-training program in Indiana. Students complete a one-year residency at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.
  • Ball State's free one-week summer camp for twice exceptional students--gifted children who also have a learning disability--is the only one of its kind in Indiana. The camp is sponsored by the Department of Special Education and funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Education.