If you’re an elementary school or early childhood educator, you may be aware of the significant need for master teachers who can mentor early childhood professionals.

Ball State can provide you with the skills and strategies to be a mentor-teacher with its master teacher certificate.

With this certificate, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply research-based early childhood education skills in the area of child development that will elevate teaching practices
  • Apply effective teaching strategies and practices to promote positive outcomes for young children and families
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural responsiveness in interactions with early childhood professionals, children, families, and community partners
  • Apply a variety of perspectives that are knowledgeable, reflective, and critical to promote professional growth, social change in the classroom and in the field of early childhood education.

This certificate is taught by faculty who teach in Ball State Teachers College, one of the most comprehensive and renowned colleges of education in the country.

The program consists of 15 credits of course work aligned to the Indiana Professional Development Network’s Core Knowledge and Competency document. The five courses are the beginnings of a master's in elementary education (MAE) with an early childhood concentration, which requires just five more courses to complete.

Program Contacts

Becky Druetzler
Academic Advisor

Dr. Nicole Martin
Director of Graduate Programs

Funding Your Early Childhood Master Teacher Certificate

A new graduate scholarship is available for admitted students in the Early Childhood Master Teacher Certificate program. The scholarship covers tuition for all five courses required to earn the certificate. You’re eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You’re an admitted student in the Early Childhood Master Teacher Certificate program.
  2. You’re working or plan to work in the early childhood education field.
  3. Preferably, you’re from a rural county in Indiana.

Contact Dr. Christina VanOsdol to learn more and see if you are eligible.

Course Requirements

  • ECYF 640: Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644: Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • ECYF 651: Educational Programs for Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECYF 653: Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ECYF 672: Mentoring Early Childhood Professionals (3 credits)

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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Completion of this certificate does not lead to initial licensure.

Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition

Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.

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Are you interested in our program? Then it’s time to apply! 

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More?

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