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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 and community education can prepare you with the competencies and the confidence that will get you there.

Our EdD 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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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 EdD in adult and community education 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.

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 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

For a complete list of required courses and their descriptions, see the course catalog.

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  • 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)
Cognate Courses 24 - 30 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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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.