Are you interested in our doctorate of education (EdD) in elementary education program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

Dates and Deadlines

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Submit your application and materials by the following dates, depending on which semester you plan to start:

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

An application and all required materials must be received by the application deadline. Receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline does not guarantee review. International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

Before You Begin...

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.

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If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

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If you are a current, admitted Ball State student but have not taken classes for more than a year or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes, you need to select the:

Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in the application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.

The Department of Elementary Education considers the following criteria:

  • your grade point average (GPA) in previously completed graduate work
  • the content submitted by references
  • compatibility of the degree program and your goals/needs
  • evidence of advanced graduate academic skills (writing, research, etc.)
  • relevant career experience: the department strongly recommends a minimum of three years work-related experience in the field of education prior to applying for admission to this program


You must have a master’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.


You must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from the graduate degree-granting institution.


Our program does not require you to take the GRE.


As part of the review process, you may be invited to participate in an interview with members of the Department of Elementary Education Graduate Studies Committee. Interviews are typically conducted using an online platform (e.g., Zoom).


You will need to upload the following materials to your online application:

  • letter of intent that describes your educational philosophy and your interest in and expectations from our program. Include past professional experience, research interests, and future goals.
  • names and email addresses for two references who have knowledge of your professional and/or academic work. (Graduate admissions will solicit a letter of recommendation from each listed reference via email upon submission of the application.)
  • current resume or curriculum vitae
  • academic writing sample – email program advisor Becky Druetzler for direction on how to complete the academic writing sample (a response essay to a specified article assigned by the department).

2. Prepare your transcripts.

Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants. Please review our instructions before you apply. (You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts in order to apply.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.


Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

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If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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