Quick Facts

  Next Start Date: August 19, 2024

  • Delivery: 100% Online
  • Credits: 90
  • Satisfies superintendent license requirements in Indiana

If you’re an education administrator dedicated to advancing the profession through quality teaching, research, and service, an online doctor of education (EdD) in educational administration and supervision is calling your name.

Courses in our program are offered in an online asynchronous format, meaning you can complete course work during times that fit into your schedule. You can earn your EdD entirely online without putting your career on hold.

Academic Advisor

Nick Elam
Department of Educational Leadership

Specialist in Education (EdS) in Educational Administration and Supervision

Ball State’s 63-credit online specialist in education (EdS) in educational administration and supervision is specialized study leading to licensure for school superintendency in Indiana. The degree, offered fully online, qualifies you to take the superintendent license. If you have earned a Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State, you only need to complete 36 credits to earn an EdS.

Additionally, every EdS course counts toward completing the EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision. If you already have an EdS in Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State, you will only need 27 credits to complete the EdD. Learn more.

Course Requirements

This degree program consists of a minimum of 90 graduate credits. 48 credits must be completed through Ball State. A master’s degree is required. Curriculum for the EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision is comprised of research courses, a dissertation, master's degree courses, EdS courses, and multicultural courses. 

For a full list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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Each student is required to write a dissertation on a topic approved by the committee. You must register for DISS 799 for a total of 10 dissertation credits.


You must have either two cognate fields (or minors) consisting of a minimum of 15 credits each or a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 credits. For the 15-credit cognate, 9 credits must be taken at Ball State University; 12 credits of the 24-credit cognate must be taken at Ball State University. Cognates are available in all university major fields of study for the master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. In addition, cognates are offered in composition, foundations of business, higher education, history and philosophy of education, literature, marriage and family counseling, neuropsychology, teacher education in higher education, the teaching of English and research, methodology.

Doctoral Committee

Your doctoral committee is appointed after you have been admitted to study for the doctoral degree, usually near the end of the first year of doctoral work. Until the committee has been appointed, the director of the doctoral program or a delegated representative will serve as your program advisor.

Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition

Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.

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Graduate Assistantships 

A limited number of doctoral assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, are available to those who are accepted into the doctoral program. In addition to the assistantship stipend, doctoral students receive a remission on tuition, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver.

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Review deadlines, admission requirements, and application materials, then start your application.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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