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If you’re an education administrator dedicated to advancing the profession through quality teaching, research, and service, an online doctor of education (EdD) in educational administration and supervision is calling your name.

Our program is offered in a blended format. Classes combine online learning with face-to-face classes that meet monthly on Thursday afternoons. Our program is designed to satisfy your licensing requirements in Indiana for the school superintendency; however, we’ve built in flexibility so you may design a program to meet your individual needs.

Academic Advisor

Kendra Lowery
Department of Educational Leadership

Course Requirements

This degree program consists of a minimum of 90 graduate credits. 48 credits must be completed through Ball State. A master’s degree is required.

A minimum of 15 semester credits in research is required prior to DISS 799.

Required Courses

  • EDAD 635 Educational Decision Making (3 credits)
  • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • ID 705 Research Colloquium (3 credits)

An additional 3 credits are required from the following:

  • EDPS 642 Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • EDPS 785 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDCU 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)
  • EDCU 661 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Each student is required to write a dissertation on a topic approved by the committee. You must register for DISS 799 for a total of 10 dissertation credits.

As a doctoral student, you will likely have taken courses for the master’s in educational administration, administrative license, and/or the EdS degree in school superintendency and many count towards the EdD. A minimum of 40 credits of graduate work is required in the major.

  • EDAD 600 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDAD 630 Human Resource Development (3 credits)
  • EDAD 635 Educational Decision Making (3 credits)
  • EDSU 650 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDAD 684 Educational Finance and Ethics (3 credits)
  • EDAD 686 School Law (3 credits)
  • EDAD 689 (610/620) The School Principal (3 credits)
  • EDAD 694 Principal Internship (6 credits)
  • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDCU 601 (610/620) Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (3 credits)

Choose one course from the list below:

  • EDFO 631 (3 credits)
  • EDFO 641 (3 credits)
  • EDFO 651 (3 credits)
  • EDMU 660 (3 credits)
  • EDAD 640 The Educational Administrator and Public Relations (3 credits)
  • EDAD 685 Fiscal Management of Educational Agencies (3 credits)
  • EDAD 687 Special Education Law for Administrators (3 credits)
  • EDAD 688 School Facilities (3 credits)
  • EDAD 698 Seminar in Theory of Educational Administration (3 credits)
  • EDAD 696 Superintendent Internship (6 credits)
  • EDAD 780 The School Superintendent (3 credits)
  • EDAD 782 Specialist Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
  • EDCU 610 Elementary School Curriculum (3 credits) 
    or EDCUR 620 Secondary School Curriculum (3 credits)

And six additional credits from the list below:

  • CPSY 600 (3 credits)
  • EDFO 631 (3 credits)
  • EDPS 603 (3 credits)
  • EDSP 641 (3 credits)
  • EDSP 646 (3 credits)
  • EDCU 671 (3 credits)
  • EDMU 660 (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644 (3 credits)
  • EDAD 797 or EDAD 798 Advanced Seminar in Education (6 credits)
    Must be taken two consecutive semesters, Fall and Spring (3 credits each semester)
  • EDPS 600 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning (3 credits)
  • DISS 701 Dissertation Proposal (3 credits)

One 3 credit Multi-Cultural Course

  • EDFO 651 (3 credits)
  • EDMU 660 (3 credits)
  • EDMU 670 (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644 (3 credits)
  • SOC 521 (3 credits)

You must have either two cognate fields (or minors) consisting of a minimum of 15 credits each or a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 credits. For the 15-credit cognate, 9 credits must be taken at Ball State University; 12 credits of the 24-credit cognate must be taken at Ball State University. Cognates are available in all university major fields of study for the master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. In addition, cognates are offered in composition, foundations of business, higher education, history and philosophy of education, literature, marriage and family counseling, neuropsychology, teacher education in higher education, the teaching of English and research, methodology.

Your doctoral committee is appointed after you have been admitted to study for the doctoral degree, usually near the end of the first year of doctoral work. Until the committee has been appointed, the director of the doctoral program or a delegated representative will serve as your program advisor.

Graduate Assistantships 

A limited number of doctoral assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, are available to those who are accepted into the doctoral program. In addition to the assistantship stipend, doctoral students receive a remission on tuition, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver.

Ready to Apply?

Our program is open to students who have first earned a master's degree. To be admitted, you must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate School and the requirements of the Department of Educational Leadership.

The Department of Educational Leadership considers the following criteria:

  • your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • your grade point average (GPA) in previously completed graduate work
  • the content of reference letters
  • compatibility of the degree program and your goals/needs
  • other evidence of advanced graduate academic skills (writing, research, etc.)
  • relevant career or life experiences/accomplishments

Application Procedures

You may apply for admission online or by mail.

You must submit the following to the Graduate School:

Submit a professional portfolio to the Department of Educational Leadership with the following items:

  • A platform statement of educational philosophy and beliefs about leadership (no more than 600 words). You are encouraged to tweak such a document from your coursework, if appropriate (such as assigned in EDAD 600 Introduction to Leadership course at Ball State)
  • Writing sample from a graduate course, which reflects your best research writing (with citations and APA 6th-edition formatting)  
  • A current vitae, which highlights leadership and community involvement
  • Names and e-mail addresses of five references who have knowledge of your leadership abilities

When admission materials have been received, the Department of Educational Leadership reviews and evaluates all application materials. As part of the evaluation, you may be invited to campus for a personal interview. Following the evaluation, the committee makes a recommendation to the dean of Teachers College and the dean of the Graduate School, who makes the final decision and will notify you.

After admission, you must begin course work within two years, and all requirements for the degree must be met within seven years.

Minimum Credit at Ball State

If you're transferring credit for this degree, you must meet Ball State's residence requirement. It will be completed when you take two consecutive semesters of graduate work which total 15 or more credits. Summer may be used as one of the semesters for residency purposes.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

If the degree is offered only in an online format, U.S. policies will not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country. 

International Students Studying Online Only

If you’re an international student, in addition to meeting the requirements above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

International Students Studying on Campus 

You can only study on campus if the degree has either an on-campus or blended option. Online only degrees cannot be taken on campus. If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. 

Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.

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