Already thinking about where you would like to complete your student teaching? This semester-long experience will provide you with the opportunity to utilize all you learn in your course work here at Ball State. Your early field experiences, classroom knowledge and professional disposition will be put into practice in a classroom location designed to help you be successful. At Ball State, there are LOTS of great opportunities for student teaching. Check out the options!

Student Teaching Opportunities

In partnership with Indiana University, this experience takes you to a Navajo Nation Reservation or a wide variety of overseas opportunities. 

Highlights include:

  • Cross-cultural teaching and living experiences
  • Contribution to the development and acceptance of cultural pluralism study and to education overseas and as a part of the Native American culture
  • Opportunities to adapt what you’ve learned and to continue to grow personally and professionally

You’ll spend 17 weeks in schools serving Native American youth on the Navajo Reservations of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. You’ll be immersed in culture as you live in Bureau of Indian Affairs dormitories and contribute to after school “dorm life.”

More Information

For more information contact Laura Stachowski.

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After completing course and state licensure requirements in an approved placement in Indiana, choose to spend the remainder of the placement overseas in unique settings in England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, India, Australia and so much more! For more information contact Laura Stachowski.

Student Teaching Overseas
Ball State University collaborates with Indiana University for the Global Gateway student teaching program! This program allows our student teachers to experience a 10-week-long student teaching placement here in Indiana and a 7-week-long student teaching experience outside of the United States! Learn more.

Have you ever thought about student teaching in a 21st century school with the United States Department of Defense?  This is an incredible opportunity to work in a collaborative, diverse, and innovative learning environment!  Join us in this partnership for student teaching in Quantico, VA.

What advantages will you have while student teaching in Quantico?

  1. Be in close proximity to  Washington D.C.; only 35 miles away!
  2. Teach children who are dependents of U.S. military service members and international students.
  3. Work with a diverse group of teachers and students on a U.S. Marine base (near FBI headquarters, as well).
  4. Have experience working in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Education Activity schools (PK-12), which may make you more marketable for DoD and other positions in the future. Several student teachers have been offered full-time positions in DoDEA schools across the US and world upon completion of their student teaching and additional teaching experiences.

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International programs allow you the opportunity to explore other cultures and the student teaching option with U.S. Department of Defense Schools on the Ramstein, Germany Air Force base is a unique opportunity to explore culture in Europe while teaching American children whose parents are stationed on the base and other locations abroad.

More Information

For more information contact Dr. Rachel Geesa.

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A long-standing partnership with Aldine Independent School District allows our students to experience cross-cultural opportunities without leaving the U.S. This diverse school district outside of the Houston, Texas area provides students with unique opportunities to experience successful educational endeavors in challenging circumstances. Our long-standing partnership means that you’ll find plenty of Ball State graduates in each building!

More Information

For more information check out the Aldine ISD website.

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Check out what is one of our newest partnerships- Spring Branch, Texas. Students heading to Spring Branch Independent School District can look forward to a great deal of support when they are completing their student teaching placement. With weekly meetings and mentoring already in place to support you, you will be free to learn and grow professionally as you work with veteran teachers in the field.

More Information

For more information check out the Spring Branch ISD website.

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Placement

Open a World of Opportunities

When completing your student teaching semester with Ball State University, you will be able to choose the best location for you. Various opportunities we have that you can choose from include:

  • Indiana - This options means that you are living in Indiana and do not have a specific school district in mind to conduct your student teaching. We will find a student teaching location within 50 minutes of your living location.
  • Grow Your Own - This opportunity allows you to complete your student teaching experience at the district you attended for K-12.
  • Global Gateway - Imagine being able to complete 10 weeks of your student teaching experience in Indiana while spending the remaining 8 weeks in one of several countries offered.
  • Other - Review the Student Teaching Opportunities section above to check out our other opportunities for student teaching including opportunities we have in Texas, Germany, Virginia, and more!

How does it work?

After you submit your application to student teach in TK20, you will submit a signed affidavit.  This affidavit will require information regarding your placement choice. We will then work with you to ensure a placement that works for you, your major, and your needs!

Learn More About Student Teaching Placement

If you plan on student teaching during the Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 semester, you will need to attend the mandatory application meeting listed below.

Onsite, live face-to-face meetings will occur during the following times/days:

  • 02/02/2024 from 8:00 - 9:00 am in TC 121
  • 02/05/2024 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in TC 121
  • 02/07/2024 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in AJ 175

Apply to Student Teach

The student teaching application will be open from 5:00 PM Eastern Time January 29, 2024 – 7:00 AM Eastern Time February 29, 2024. 

Student Teaching Application Process:

  • Step #1 – Attend a Student Teaching Application Meeting
  • Step #2 – Download a copy of the Instructions for Applying for Student Teaching 2024-25
  • Step #3 – Complete an application in Tk-20 by 7:00 AM Eastern Time February 29, 2024.
  • Step #4 – Complete an affidavit in My.BSU.edu

We are publicizing this information with program managers, advisors, a student generated email list, and through social media.

Becoming an effective teacher includes demonstrating professional dispositions, which include attitudes, habits of action, and commitments that foster student learning and assist in elevating the education profession, as well as in interacting with families, community members, and colleagues.

The Ball State Disposition Assessment System is a systematic, consistent approach to assessing and supporting teacher candidates’ disposition growth throughout their preparation. This system has two components: (1) a disposition rubric system, and (2) a disposition alert system, which provide opportunities for deliberate feedback and guidance regarding teacher candidates’ disposition development.