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Build on your master’s degree to form a deeper understanding of educational administration concepts and practices with our doctorate of education (EdD) in educational administration.

You’ll graduate equipped to lead in a variety of educational environments after completing our in-depth studies in educational decision making, instructional leadership, school finance, educational supervision, school law, and more.

What You Will Learn

As a doctoral student of educational administration and supervision, you’ll do a deep dive into the concepts of educational leadership on a district and state level, as well as educational methodology, psychological research, theory of educational administration, and more. You’ll work closely with faculty members who have real-world experience as superintendents and educational administrators.

You’ll also learn:

  • research-based best practices for school instructional leadership and supervision
  • the importance of collaboration and communication
  • problem-solving models and strategies
  • effective leadership skills
  • management techniques

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National Accreditation

The Teachers College is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Learn more.

Program Benefits

Our faculty members have experience in our field serving as principals and superintendents.

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We strive to create balance in our programs between real-world practical experiences and scholarly expertise.

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You’ll spend time in schools developing and implementing improvement initiatives.

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Program Requirements

The doctoral degree program with a major in educational administration and supervision consists of a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit. Forty-eight semester hours must be completed at Ball State. A master's degree is required.

In addition to a two-semester, supervised internship, you will also complete a cognate and a dissertation on a committee-approved topic



After admission, the student must begin coursework within two years, and all requirements for the degree must be met within seven years from the date of the first course taken after admission to the doctoral program.

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A few of the classes you will take include:

  • EDAD 797 or 798 Advanced school policy
  • EDAD 750 Seminar in quantitative applications for educational leaders
  • EDAD 751 Seminar in quantitative applications for educational leaders
  • EDAD 792 Writing and Analyzing Dissertation Literature Reviews
  • ID 705 Research Proposal Development

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, consult our Graduate Catalog.

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Each student in our program seeking superintendent licensure must complete a supervised district-level internship. You will work in a school setting, where you will have a practical, supervised experience in educational leadership. Our faculty, in cooperation with school district employees, supervise all of our interns. Learn more.


Doctoral students must have either a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 credits or two cognate fields (or minors) consisting of a minimum of 15 credits each

Cognates are available in all university major fields of study for the master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Also, we offer cognates in:

  • composition
  • foundations of business
  • general field of education
  • gifted studies
  • higher education
  • history
  • philosophy
  • sociology of education
  • literary theory
  • literature
  • marriage and family counseling
  • neuropsychology
  • psychology of human development
  • teacher education in higher education
  • the teaching of English
  • theory of computing
  • research methodology

Doctoral Committee

We will appoint you a doctoral committee after we have admitted you to the degree program—usually near the end of the first year of doctoral work. Until you have a doctoral committee, the program’s director or a delegated representative will serve as your advisor.

Written Comprehensive Exams

Written comprehensive exams will be given on Monday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Oral Exams

Oral exams will be given on Monday, October 15, and Tuesday, October 16, 2018.


You will need to write a dissertation on a topic approved by your doctoral committee. Students sign up for three hours of DISS 799 each semester (except summer) for a total of 10 dissertation hours.

What Can You Do with a Doctorate of Education in Education Administration and Supervision?

Students with a doctorate of education in educational administration and supervision are primed for a diverse array of careers in educational administration. They may pursue positions on a local, state or federal level, including:

  • superintendent
  • federal program administrator
  • curriculum/instruction director
  • academic testing director
  • university teaching

Paying for Your Education

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Review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

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Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? You may request more information by filling out our online form, or if you'd rather speak with someone directly, contact the program's faculty advisor.

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