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What Can You Do with a License in Transition to Teaching Program for Elementary Education (K-6)?

Quick Facts

  Next Start Date: August 19, 2024


  • Delivery: 100% Online
  • Credits: 24
  • Total cost: under $12,000
  • 3-4 semesters to licensure

Ball State’s transition to teaching program certifies students who have degrees in other majors to teach in elementary schools. By completing the program and passing state mandated licensing tests, you will be qualified to teach elementary children with an Indiana teaching license in grades K-6.

Program Contacts

Becky Druetzler
Lead Student Success Specialist

Janet Jenkins 
Assistant Lecturer of Elementary Education

On Your Way to a Master's Degree

When you finish the transition program, you'll need only five additional courses to complete a master’s degree in elementary education.

How to be a Successful Elementary Education Transition to Teaching Student

Students who are successful in the Elementary Education Transition to Teaching program most often have the following skills and experience before beginning the program:

  • Experience working with children in a school-based setting
  • Dedication to learning as an ongoing, intentional process which involves commitment and reflection
  • Possession of strong organizational and time management skills
  • Engagement in effective and timely communication

Transition to Teaching Scholarship 

A Transition to Teaching Scholarship is available to students interested in pursuing a career in education. This is a need-based, one-time, non-renewable scholarship of up to $10,000.

Eligibility Requirements: In exchange for the Transition to Teaching Scholarship, recipients must commit to teaching for five years at an eligible Indiana school.

Application opens June 12, 2024.

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Course Requirements

You will complete two courses each semester with a cohort group of your peers. The program has a set plan that follows a four-semester format. Your academic advisor will help you with scheduling.

  • EDEL 600 Basic Concepts in Elementary Education (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • EDEL 690 Student Teaching in Elementary Education (6 credits)
  • EDRD 610 The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • EDRD 615 Early Literacy Development (3 credits)
  • EDPS 627 Child Development (3 credits)
  • MATH 680 Special Studies in the Teaching of Mathematics (3 credits)

"The transition to teaching program is where students are challenged to become outstanding educators.  Ball State prides itself in the ability for students to complete this program with high standards that are highly regarded across Indiana and throughout the nation by esteemed school systems."
Janet Jenkins, director of Ball State’s transition to elementary teaching program

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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.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.