Discover why an MAE from us is the right choice for your career advancement with our informational video.
The Education of Our Children
How do we make quality education the nation’s top priority? There’s no question that educational leadership plays a central role, and there’s no question that Ball State’s history, its alumni network, and its national recognition are ideal for preparing educators like you for the task of school leadership.
Our completely online master of arts in education (MAE) in educational administration and supervision provides you with the preparation to earn a K-12 building-level administration and supervision license (principal’s license).
The MAE is the largest principal preparation program in Indiana, with an excellent reputation for rigor and relevance. The MAE professors are doctoral-level, experienced P-12 administrators who are among the top practitioners in the state.
This graduate program is designed to help you succeed in educational leadership roles in both school and community settings. The programs are based on high standards of excellence, innovation, applied research, and service and lay the groundwork for careers as school principals, administrators, and superintendents.
- Ball State is consistently highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report in best online graduate education programs.
- Our Teachers College ranks in the top 25 in the nation for number of nationally recognized educator preparation programs offered.
- Three of Ball State's online master's degree programs in education made the most recent national "Best Buy" list on GetEducated.com, a consumer advocacy group for online education.
- The MAE in Educational Administration program is nationally recognized by the nation’s leading accrediting organization for principal preparation programs, the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC).
- Our national presence in the field of education gives Ball State grads an edge when competing for education leadership positions.
For the widest array of P-12 experiences, your 6-credit “principal internship” is served at an elementary school and a middle school or high school. Your internship can be served at your workplace, as well as a nearby second school location of another level.
The required internship gives you practical experience in applying the Educational Leadership Constituents Council ELLC standards for principals as you work collaboratively with a building level administrator. For two semesters, you will actively participate in the decision-making role of a school administrator. For an “on level” semester, you will serve in your own school or grade level of teaching. You will also pursue an “off-level” semester internship in another building and at other grade levels. Both an elementary and secondary internship experience are required.
36-credit program can be completed in as little as 18-20 months.
TEDU 600: Special Topics
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Check with your advisor, Rachel Geesa, before enrolling, to see if this course is right for you and your career goals.
Courses from the Department of Educational Leadership:
- 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 The School Principal (3 credits)
- EDAD 694 Principal Internship (6 credits)
Courses from other departments:
- EDPSY 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
- EDCUR 601 Principles and Procedures of Curriculum (3 credits)
Select one of the following:
- EDFON 621 Education and Ethics (3 credits)
- EDFON 641 History of American Education (3 credits)
- EDMUL 660 Multi-cultural and Multi-ethnic Education in American Schools (3 credits)
Additional Indiana Requirements
In addition to earning a master’s, the state of Indiana mandates that building leaders must have completed a minimum of two years of teaching experience prior to serving as a principal. Also, the state of Indiana—like most states—requires that applicants for a principal’s license pass a leadership assessment administered by the state.
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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.
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.