Offering a specialized study for individuals wishing to become a school superintendent, the online specialist in education (EdS) in educational administration and supervision will help you develop your knowledge, performances, and disposition essential for success in the day-to-day operation of a school system and develop your broad understandings of educational programs. Plus, the degree will qualify you to take the superintendent license.

You’ll study and complete appropriate work from the field of educational administration and related fields, such as educational psychology, curriculum, adult and community education, educational foundations, and counseling psychology.

Plus, this is one program that helped qualify Ball State to be ranked 20th in the U.S. among educational leadership programs. The programs have been ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine since 2005.

Academic Advisor

Kendra Lowery, Assistant Professor/Specialist and Doctoral Academic Advisor 
Department of Educational Leadership

Course Requirements

The EdS requires the satisfactory completion of prescribed graduate course work beyond the master’s degree with a minimum of a 3.2 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. All candidates for the degree will have completed a minimum of 63 semester graduate credits including the master’s degree. A minimum of 24 semester credits of the specialist required courses must be completed at Ball State University.

Required Courses in the Major, 63 credits

The specialist degree student will ordinarily take the following educational administration courses for an EdS Degree in School Superintendency.

  • 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)
  • 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 Philosophy of Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 641 History of American Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 651 Educational Sociology (3 credits)
  • EDMU 660 Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Education in American Schools (3 credits)

Subtotal: 27 credits

A minimum of 24 semester credits must be taken at Ball State.

  • 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 Introduction to School Counseling (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education (3 credits)
  • EDPS 603 Psychology of Human Development (3 credits)
  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • EDCU 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • EDMU 660 Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Education in American Schools (3 credits)

Subtotal: 36 credits

You will complete a supervised internship as part of this program.

The internship assignment will be arranged by the Department of Educational Leadership in consultation with you. You will be responsible for any necessary leave and other arrangements related to this assignment. Internship assignments will ordinarily be arranged in a school setting to provide a practical, supervised experience in educational leadership. Ball State faculty, in cooperation with an outside agency, will provide supervision for the experience.

A three-member committee, consisting of educational administration faculty members, will usually be appointed during the first semester that you are accepted into the degree program. Together, your committee chair and you will develop a plan of study to fit your needs. The committee will also conduct the required written and oral examinations when you have completed all your coursework.

Deadline for Completion of Degree Work

All requirements (30 semester credits) listed in the specialist required courses section must be met within a six-year time limit from the date of the completion of the first class in the specialist of education degree program.


Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

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