At a time when government funding and philanthropic dollars are declining, nonprofits say they still plan to grow their services. So says the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization based in the nation’s capital, which contends that nonprofits will need highly skilled professionals to guide them through uncertain times.

This need in the nonprofit sector—and Ball State’s over 60-year history in community education—give us good reason to offer a graduate certificate in community education. Whether you are employed or volunteering in the nonprofit sector, or are a graduate student in a related program, this credential can provide you with the skills needed for designing, implementing, and evaluating community programs.  

Targeted to non-traditional students, typically 25 or older, the community education graduate certificate is an option for the individual searching for professional development, job promotion, or skills development for a career change.

You can pursue the program on campus, off campus at Ball State locations in Indianapolis or Fishers, or a blend of on-campus and online courses. By taking the right courses, you can complete the program fully online.  

Academic Advisor

Ruby Cain, Assistant Professor
Advisor of Adult and Community Education 

What It’s Like to Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Community Education

  • You have the opportunity to participate in research studies, present at conferences, and submit journal articles.
  • An academic advisor is available to meet face to face, or via telephone, video conferencing, and email.
  • Project-based learning gives you the opportunity to connect theories and methodologies with real-world experiences.
  • You can transfer your certificate credits into Ball State’s M.A. degree in Adult and Community Education or the Ed.D. in Adult, Higher, and Community Education
  • You’ll have access to textbook authors and internationally known leaders in the field via adult, continuing, and community education conferences as well as video conferences.
  • You will develop your individual philosophy of adult education and philosophy of teaching and develop skills to use that knowledge in effectively delivering community education programs.
  • Your professors are active members of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association of Adult and Community Education.

Course Requirements

The graduate certificate consists of 15 credits.  

  • EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 638 Program Planning in Community and Adult Education (3 credits)
    Offered on-site at our main campus or at a Ball State center in Fishers, Indiana; a substitution may be allowed for online-only students.
  • EDAC 646 Working with Volunteer Community Agencies (3 credits)
  • EDAC 648 The Community Educator (3 credits)
  • EDAC 632 Organizing Adult and Community Education Programs (3 credits)
    Offered on-site at our main campus or at a Ball State center in Fishers, Indiana; a substitution may be allowed for online-only students.
  • EDAC 629 Psychology of Adult Adjustment (3 credits)
  • EDAC 681 Managing Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 698 Seminar in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
    • Institute in Transformative Leadership (offered at the Ball State Indianapolis Center)
    • Cultural Identities and Community Engagement (offered on the Ball State Muncie campus)
  • EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)

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.

No GRE is required.


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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.

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