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Offering a specialized study in school superintendency, the online specialist in education (EdS) in school superintendency 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 Degree in School Superintendency 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?

Your first step in taking program courses is to determine if you meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.

To apply for admission to the specialist degree program:

  1. Make sure you meet the EdS admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.
  2. Apply online and upload the supplemental information from the list below.
  3. Provide one copy of all college/university official transcripts.
  4. Have your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores forwarded to the Graduate School.

Upload the following to your online application:

  1. Resume/Vita/CV - Upload a current resume or vita that highlights educational, leadership, and community involvement.
  2. Statement of Purpose/Intent - Upload a Platform Statement of educational philosophy and beliefs about leadership (no more than 600 words). You may tweak such a document from previous coursework, if appropriate.
  3. Writing Sample - Upload an academic paper from a previous class which reflects your best research writing, including citations and APA 6th formatting.

References: Once the department is notified of your application, you will receive instructions for submitting the names of 5 references.

You are expected to have a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale on previously completed graduate work. When admission materials have been received, the Department of Educational Leadership reviews and evaluates the submitted materials. Following this evaluation, you may be invited to campus for a personal interview.


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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