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Whether you have your eye on an educational, government, community, business, or industry setting, our doctorate of education (EdD) in adult, higher, and community education can prepare you with the competencies and the confidence that will get you there.

Our EdD with a concentration in Adult and Community Education emphasizes knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values regarding teaching, learning, evaluating, planning, program development, leadership, policy, and research.

You may customize your studies to meet your professional needs through your choice of several electives as well as one of three majors.

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National Accreditation

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

Additional Benefits

Our programs offer practical applications of theoretical constructs you’ll learn in the classroom.

Our instructors have practiced in the field themselves. Also, thanks to our low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on research and engagement projects.

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You’ll have numerous opportunities for continued professional engagement through research and project collaboration, conference presentations, and scholarly writing.

Our Teacher’s College is one of the highest-ranked in the country.

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Blended Delivery

This program is a blended program, which means you’ll take a mix of online, blended, and on-campus courses. Several courses will be on Ball State's main campus in Muncie, Indiana, while others are offered online and in the greater Indianapolis area.

What Can You Do with an EdD in Adult and Community Education?

The adult and community education concentration emphasizes developing critical skills and conducting research in teaching and learning, program planning, leadership, continuing education, community organizing, organizational management, and evaluation using a social justice framework. Through the courses, learners understand how power issues, especially related to race and diversity, impact decisions and policies within educational programs.

For Community College Faculty and Staff

As part of this program, you may pursue a specialization for community colleges. Learn more.

Our majors often seek professional development for positions that manage or develop educational programs for adults. These positions include:

  • educator in many different contexts
  • college professor or instructor
  • training or program director/manager
  • workplace educator
  • volunteer coordinator
  • nonprofit director/coordinator
  • social services administrator
  • consultant
  • academic advisor
  • higher education administrator


For the EdD in Adult, Higher, and Community Education, you will take a minimum of 91 graduate credits beyond your bachelor’s degree. If you already hold a master’s degree from another institution, some of your previous credits may be transferred to the doctoral program. This is determined by your doctoral committee.

At least 48 of the 91 credits must be completed at Ball State. This includes:

  • at least half of the required research credits
  • at least half of the required core credits
  • at least half of the doctoral cognate courses
  • EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner (3 credits)
  • EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits)
  • EDAC 648 The Community Educator (3 credits)
  • EDAC 655 Cont Ed for Professionals (3 credits)
  • EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)
  • EDAC 700 Seminar in Adult and Community Education (Adult & Community Education Majors) (3 credits)
  • EDAC 780 Seminar in Managing Life Long Learning (3 credits)
  • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods and Educational Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • EDAC 730 Practicum in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 710 Research Seminar in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • ID 705 Research Colloquium (3 credits)
  • EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits) or
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)

Four (4) courses are selected in consultation with the Doctoral Committee:

  • EDAC 629 Psychology of Adult Adjustment (3 credits)
  • EDAC 632 Organizing Adult and Community Education Programs (3 credits)
  • EDAC 638 Program Planning in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 640 Foundations of Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 644 Collaborative Learning (3 credits)
  • EDAC 646 Working in Voluntary Community Agencies (3 credits)
  • EDAC 681 Managing Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 698 Seminar in Adult and Community Education (3-6 credits)
  • EDAC 699 Internship in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 655 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 610 Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDCC 640 The Community College (3 credits)

By completing a dissertation, you’ll earn your final 10 credits for your doctoral degree.

You may not register for dissertation credits until you’ve done all of the following:

  • completed all other coursework
  • passed the doctoral comprehensive exams
  • your committee has approved the dissertation proposal

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Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed three times a year, at least one month prior to the upcoming semester:

  • Fall Semester – July 1
  • Spring Semester – November 1
  • Summer Semester – April 1

Our admissions process is done in two phases. You must meet the doctoral admission requirements and apply online to the Graduate School. If you are accepted by the Graduate School, the department is notified and you may continue to step two.

Applicants must apply online to the Graduate School and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.

Students may apply for admission to the doctoral program in Adult, Higher, and Community Education through an online application to the Graduate School that includes the following:

  • completed graduate application
  • letters from three academic and professional references (Names and email addresses are requested on the application form. We ask for reference letters in addition to the online form.)
  • one official copy of college/university transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score

Please note that the GRE examination must be completed before the time of application. Applications will not be reviewed before GRE scores are received by the Graduate School. The Ball State school code for the GRE is 1051. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.

Apply to Graduate School

As part of the application at the department level, applicants must indicate the desired program major concentration and submit application documents.

Adult and Community Education Concentration

For applications to the Adult and Community Education concentration, please email inquires and documents to the concentration's program director, Dr. Michelle Glowacki-Dudka.

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Higher Education and Community College Leadership Concentration

For applications to the Higher Education and Community College Leadership concentration, please email inquires and documents to the concentration's program director, Dr. Amanda Latz.

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Materials to Submit

The Advanced Graduate Studies Committee for Adult and Community Education, which determines admission to the program, considers the following documents as part of the admissions package:

  • a brief autobiography (500-1,000 words)
  • a statement of your philosophy of learning and education (500-1,000 words)
  • a description of the goals you intend to accomplish by earning a doctoral degree and your research interests (500-1,000 words)
  • current education and employment vitae

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of high levels of competence in written and oral expression in English. The autobiography and statement of philosophy of learning are typically evidence enough, but the faculty may ask you to submit a high quality, representative sample of your prior academic coursework.

All documents required by the Graduate School and the department must be received and processed prior to the application review date. This includes receipt of GRE scores and transcripts by the Graduate School.

Applications for admission are reviewed three times a year, at least one month prior to the upcoming semester.

Materials must be received no later than:

  • July 1 for fall semester admission
  • November 1 for spring semester admission
  • April 1 for summer semester admission

Late materials may require that the applicant re-apply to the graduate school for the following semester.

Once all documents are received, and the applicant is cleared by the Graduate School, the Department of Educational Studies will review the materials and make an admission decision. Applicants will be contacted by either the program director or the graduate school regarding the final outcome of their application.


More Information

Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! You may either request more information by completing our simple online form, or you may contact program director Dr. Michelle Glowacki-Dudka directly by phone or email.