Elementary education teacher works with elementary school children

You have a heart for all children. And if you want to teach all children, consider choosing a dual major in elementary education and special education.

Dual majoring will make you a highly skilled  and teacher licensed to work with both general education students and student who require mild interventions to be successful.

You’ll earn a license in Elementary Education (K-6) and Exceptional Needs: Mild Interventions (K-6).

Program Benefits

Our faculty have extensive real-world experiences in their respective areas of expertise including classroom teaching, clinical supervision, public school administration, program development, and consultation.
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and also fully recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

As a freshman, you may choose to live in Palmer/Davidson Halls with other elementary education and special education students, as well as students from the early childhood, youth, and family studies program.

Our Living-Learning Community will allow you to get to know your classmates and connect with our campus through team-building activities that promote higher academic achievement.

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In this program, field experiences and practica opportunities inside elementary classrooms start as early as the second semester of your freshman year. 

Major Requirements

A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in elementary education and special education (dual major) blends our University Core Curriculum with professional education classes.

During your junior year, you must be admitted to the teaching curriculum with a "C" or better on identified courses and a 3.0 GPA.

Total Credits



A few of the courses you will take include:

  • Early and Elementary Education for Social Justice
  • Legal and Procedural Foundations of Special Education
  • Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education
  • Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

For a complete list of all courses, their descriptions, and other requirements, please see our Course Catalog.


Student Teaching

You'll participate in a semester of student teaching during your final semester, working with general education students as well as students with mild disabilities.

This experience will give you a planned, supervised environment where you will demonstrate the knowledge, performance, and dispositions you learned in your Ball State classes. Learn more.

Paying for Your Education

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in enrolling in our program? The first step is to apply as an undergraduate student to Ball State University. Begin the journey today.

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