One Ball State Day 2024
Elementary Education

An elementary school teacher not only helps children learn but prepares future leaders. We prepare teachers who are culturally responsive and committed to social justice through engagement with the community. 

Your support will help our Ball State elementary teacher candidates to work with children and teachers in schools and organizations. 

There are numerous ways teacher candidates engage in the ELED teacher preparation program. The following list provides a sample of the top ten ways our teacher candidates engage with our program: 

  1. Service Learning & Community Involvement: Ball State teacher candidates are situated to serve in several of their courses as well as encouraged to get involved in both the campus and neighboring communities. 
  2. Emerging Instructional Technology & Media: Ball State teacher candidates begin learning how to use various technologies and media in their first year to prepare them for future 21st Century classrooms. Teacher candidates are invited to engage in professional development, book studies, interactive online learning experiences, and faculty-student instructional technology workshop events.
  3. Immersive Learning Opportunities: Ball State elementary teacher candidates begin teaching and learning as early as their first year when enrolled in one of many of our immersive learning opportunities. 
  4. Living-Learning Communities: Ball State elementary teacher candidates engage in peer mentoring, early professional development events and activities, and community building for freshman.   
  5. College Mentors for Kids: Ball State elementary teacher candidates mentor local Muncie elementary students. 
  6. Ongoing Professional Development & Travel: Ball State elementary education teacher candidates have various opportunities to build professional capacity, including but not limited to conference presentations, national and international travel, such as studying abroad in England and student teaching in Texas or Germany. ELED faculty are supported by the program to expand professional capacity alongside teacher candidates. 
  7. Urban School program: Ball State elementary teacher candidates learn and teach for a semester in the MSD of Wayne Township (Indianapolis).
  8. Schools within the Context of CommunityBall State elementary teacher candidates complete immersive course work and field experiences in Muncie Community Schools.  
  9. STEAM Literacy & EnrichmentBall State elementary teacher candidates have opportunities to learn how to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics across the elementary curriculum as well as facilitate after school enrichment. Experiences include faculty-student curriculum analysis, hands-on professional development seminars, PLTW training, and more.
  10. Camp Adventure: Local elementary students attend 4 weeks of summer camp planned and facilitated by Ball State elementary teacher candidates.

Additional Information About Our Program 

Our program offers real-world applications and immersive learning projects, in which students gain valuable, hands-on experience working alongside community organizations such as museums, childcare centers, and community agencies.

In addition, through Ball State's Professional Development Schools program, we partner with a number of elementary schools and early childhood centers to provide placements for our practicum students and student teachers. 

Teacher candidates begin the elementary education program working in the field their first year, directly with elementary students and professional elementary teachers, and this experience continues through student teaching to graduation.


Our graduates have a 93 percent placement rate thanks to our dedicated, experienced faculty responsible for our programs, many of whom consistently rank among the best of their kind in the U.S.

Your support will help our Ball State elementary teacher candidates to work with elementary children and teachers in schools and organizations across Indiana, the United States, and around the globe.  

 Thank you for your donation!

First 5 Challenge!
Theatre & Dance, CICS, Special Education, Comm Studies, and School of Music are the winners of an additional $500 in challenge funds!
Brunch Leaderboard
The five areas that raise the most money from 10 a.m. - Noon each receive $1,000 in challenge funds
Rank Prize Area Raised
1 $1,000 Men's Tennis $11,320.00
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $6,379.00
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $5,260.00
4 $1,000 Gymnastics $4,645.00
5 $1,000 Men's Golf $3,605.00
College Donor Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 666
2 College of Communication, Information, and Media 618
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 617
4 College of Health 329
5 Teachers College 272
Academic Area Gift Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 863
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 465
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 258
4 School of Kinesiology 131
5 Burris Laboratory School 122
Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red. Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council to Ball State's greatest needs.
Young Alumni Challenge
Gifts from 50 young alumni (graduated 2013-2023) between noon and 4 p.m. unlocks $500 to Student Scholarships!
Teachers College Match - $15,000
BSU Grad Tom Murphy will match the first $15,000 given to support the Teachers College.
$15,000 MATCHED
Morning Donor Challenge
Brittanie Davis won $1,000 for Spectrum in challenge funds Paaige Turner won $1,000 for Comm Studies in challenge funds Mary Spillman won $1,000 for the Journalism Department Marilyn Chalupa won $1,000 for the Career Center Riley Harman won $1,000 for the Counseling Psych, Social Psych, and Counseling Dept.
I Spy Charlie
I Spy Charlie campus treasure hunt: Find a Charlie Cardinal plush hidden around campus for a chance to designate $250 to the fund of your choice! Follow @BSUFoundation on Instagram for details.
Dash & Splash Winners
Dash & Splash: Top two racers receive $1,000 each to designate to the fund they represent.
LinkedIn $1,000 Challenge
Share a One Ball State Day post on LinkedIn on April 5th for a chance to designate $1,000 to your favorite Ball State area! Use #OneBallState and tag the Ball State Foundation!
Morning Leaderboard
The three departments/units/teams with the most donors by 10 a.m. receives $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $2,500 Theatre & Dance 138
2 $1,500 Indiana Academy 60
3 $1,000 Communication Studies 51
4 Soccer 33
5 School of Kinesiology 30
College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2022 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1000.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Gifts
1 $3,000 College of Architecture & Planning +13.88% 238
goal: 209
2 $2,000 College of Health +5.37% 353
goal: 335
3 $1,000 College of Sciences and Humanities -2.74% 675
goal: 694
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media -4.64% 945
goal: 991
5 College of Fine Arts -22.58% 1,046
goal: 1,351
Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 1,006
2 $1,000 College of Fine Arts 666
3 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 618
4 $1,000 College of Sciences and Humanities 617
5 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 512
OBSD Video Challenge
Share any of the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
Evening Leaderboard Challenge
The five areas with the most donors between 8-10 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 74
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy 53
3 $1,000 Communication Studies 38
4 $1,000 Men's Golf 28
5 $1,000 Field Hockey 26
International Alumni Challenge
Daniel Vidal from Puerto Rico was the first international alum to Men's Tennis!
Teachers College Leaderboard
The Teachers College department with the most improved number of gifts from OBSD 2022 will receive $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place from Dean Marri.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $250 Burris Laboratory School +18.45% 122
goal: 103
2 $150 Educational Leadership -10.91% 49
goal: 55
3 $100 Indiana Academy -17.04% 258
goal: 311
4 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies -18.18% 45
goal: 55
5 Educational Psychology -26.83% 30
goal: 41
Last Hour Leaderboard
The area that rasises the most money from 11 -11:59 p.m. will receive $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Area Raised
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $4,550.00
2 Field Hockey $1,424.98
3 Indiana Academy $870.00
4 Black Alumni Council $835.00
5 Sociology $725.00
Foundation Employee Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby and Ray Allen will give $500 each.
Dash & Splash Fan Favorite
Dash & Splash event: Fan favorite receives $250 to designate to the fund they represent.
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