Quick Facts

  Next Start Date: August 19, 2024

  • Delivery: 100% Online
  • Major Credits: 63
  • Satisfies superintendent license requirements in Indiana

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 earn the superintendent license (with test requirement).

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. 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 EdS without putting your career on hold.

Academic Advisor

Nick Elam
Department of Educational Leadership

Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Administration and Supervision

Ball State’s 90-credit online doctorate of education (EdD) in educational administration and supervision is a terminal degree and a more recognized degree for college faculty. The EdD gives you more opportunity for scholarly work, including research and publication. It satisfies the superintendent license requirements for Indiana, while providing more flexibility. Courses from both of Ball State’s Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision and EdS in Educational Administration and Supervision count toward the EdD. If you have earned both of these degrees from Ball State, you will only need 27 credits to complete the EdD. Learn More.

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.

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

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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.

The Specialist Committee

A three-member committee, consisting of educational administration faculty members, will 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.

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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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.

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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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