Quick Facts

  • Credits: 90
  • Course delivery: online
  • Satisfies superintendent license requirements in Indiana

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

Nick Elam
Department of Educational Leadership

Specialist in Education (EdS) in Educational Administration and Supervision

Ball State’s 63-credit online specialist in education (EdS) in educational administration and supervision is specialized study leading to licensure for school superintendency in Indiana. The degree, offered fully online, qualifies you to take the superintendent license. Learn more.

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.

For a full list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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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.

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