2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education

K. Fletcher, Interim Chairperson


Think of the most important and influential people from your childhood.  A favorite teacher is probably among them. If you want to devote your career to playing that same essential role in the life of a child, then the undergraduate program in the Department of Elementary Education is the right choice.

An elementary school teacher not only helps children learn but prepares tomorrow's leaders. We offer a Teaching Major in Elementary Education*.  Our bachelor's degree prepares you to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. As a major in the degree program, you'll have multiple opportunities to work with children and teachers in local schools and community organizations. While gaining a foundation in a wide range of subjects, you'll also choose a specific area of emphasis:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Kindergarten/Primary Education
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Classical Languages
  • Psychology and Counseling
  • Teacher of Reading for Elementary
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Wellness: Physical Education

You may choose one of these 12 concentration areas for your course of study.

Our Teaching Major in Elementary Education equips you to shape and guide the next generation of learners. We provide a rigorous curriculum, immersive and experiential learning opportunities, impactful service programs situated in the community, real-world connections through the Burris Laboratory School (a K-12 incubator and innovator of effective teaching methods), and much more.  Your undergraduate education will be guided by Ball State’s baccalaureate degrees and the professional education assessment/decision point requirements.

*An interdepartmental Dual Major in Elementary and Special Education is also available.