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The Doctorate of Education in Elementary Education program offers advanced development for public school professionals and others who seek leadership roles and want to provide a greater service to their profession.

This program includes a theoretical base as well as a research design and methodology component, preparing you not only for understanding best practices but being able to evaluate and test hypotheses about what works in education.

Many of our graduates teach at the college or university level. Others have leadership positions such as administrators, policy makers, and education specialists.

Program Benefits

You'll develop an in-depth knowledge in your area of interest through program activities that include in-service training, research and publication, college teaching, curriculum development, clinical or laboratory work, and graduate courses in your major and related subjects.

We have an accomplished faculty who have received recognition for their work on the national and international levels.

Our small class sizes mean you will consistently interact with your professors, allowing for mentoring and careful monitoring of your progress.

You'll develop an in-depth knowledge in your area of interest through program activities that include in-service training, research and publication, college teaching, curriculum development, clinical or laboratory work, and graduate courses in your major and related subjects.

Course Requirements

The doctorate program consists of 90 credit hours.

Doctorate of Education candidates must complete at least 15 credits in one calendar year to meet the residency requirement. These courses may be on campus or online.

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  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research
  • EDPS 642 Intermediate Statistics
  • ID 705 Research Colloquium
  • EDPS 600 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning
  • EDPS 603 Psychology of Human Development
  • EDPS 627 Child Development
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education
  • EDFO 641 History of American Education
  • EDFO 651 Educational Sociology

Prerequisite

EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for the doctoral program. Graduate students who enter without this credit, must meet the requirement as a deficiency rather than as part of the program.

Areas of Specialization

Doctorate of education candidates select one of the three following areas of specialization:

  • Elementary
  • Early Childhood
  • Reading Education

Candidates' doctoral committees will determine 40 credits of courses, which must include:

  • 10 credits - dissertation
  • 4 credits - doctoral seminar (EDEL 798, EDEL 799, or EDRD 700)
  • 3 credits - research (EDEL 740, EDRD 770, EDEL 791)

Cognate Areas

EdD candidates will complete one of the following:

  • one 24-credit cognate
  • two 15-credit cognates

Students determine courses for their cognates with their doctoral committees.

EdD candidates who pursue the research cognate must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of two quantitative research courses
  • a minimum of two qualitative research courses
  • additional research courses approved by the committee

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

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Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

How to Apply

Anyone interested in pursuing an EdD in Elementary Education must meet the admission requirements of and apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the program itself.

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More Information

For additional information about the doctoral program, please fill out the online information form, or reach out by email or phone to program advisor Dr. Linda Martin.

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