The Teacher Apprenticeship program is an innovative approach to teacher preparation that offers aspiring educators hands-on experience in real classrooms. Students, or apprentices, are carefully selected and paired with experienced mentor teachers who guide and support them throughout the program. The apprentices gradually assume more teaching responsibilities, gaining practical experience alongside their coursework. This immersive, reflective, and practical approach helps them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become effective teachers. Students will complete 15 credit hours of college coursework from Ball State in an online, synchronous format with college professors. Credit applies directly to a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, reducing program completion time by at least one semester, with thousands of hours of relevant classroom experience. Students earn a wage while they are learning, making the attainment of a teaching degree cost-effective. Registered Apprenticeship Program requires additional application and interview process with participating employers.

Program Host:

Ball State University Teachers College

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Year One

  • Principles of Teaching
  • Concentrator A – Child and Adolescent Development
  • Concentrator B – Teaching and Learning

Year Two

  • Education Professions Capstone

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