Research Requirements A minimum of 15 semester hours in research is required prior to DISS 799.
The following courses are required:
Other research courses in qualitative research may be helpful to the student conducting his/her dissertation research.
Dissertation Each student is required to write a dissertation on a topic approved by the committee. Students sign up for DISS 799 for a total of 10 dissertation hours.
Required Courses in the Major: The doctoral student will ordinarily have taken the following educational administration courses for the master's in educational administration, administrative license, and/or the Ed.S. Degree in School Superintendency. A minimum of 40 hours of graduate work is required in the major, a majority of which must be taken at Ball State University.
Cognate Requirements The doctoral student must have either two cognate fields (or minors) consisting of a minimum of 15 hours each or a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 hours. For the 15-hour cognate, 9 hours must be taken at Ball State University; 12 hours of the 24-hour 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, general field of education, gifted studies, higher education, history, philosophy, and sociology of education, literary theory, literature, marriage and family counseling, neuropsychology, psychology of human development, teacher education in higher education, the teaching of English, theory of computing, and research methodology.
Doctoral Committee The student's doctoral committee is appointed after the student has 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 the program advisor for the student.
Residence Requirement The residence requirement for this degree is completion of at least 15 semester hours in two consecutive semesters of graduate work beyond the master's degree. Summer may be used as one of the semesters for residency purposes.
Application Process The student applies for admission to the doctoral degree program by submitting the following to the Graduate School:
The student submits the following to the Department of Educational Leadership: A professional portfolio consisting of the following items:
When admission materials have been received, the Department of Educational Leadership reviews and evaluates all application materials. As part of the evaluation, the applicant may be invited to campus for a personal interview. Following the evaluation, the Department makes a recommendation to the Dean of Teachers College and the Dean of the Graduate School, who make the final decision and notify the candidate.
After admission, the student must begin coursework within two years, and all requirements for the degree must be met within seven years from the date of the first course taken after admission to the doctoral program.
Criteria for Selection The Department of Educational Leadership considers primarily the following criteria in determining it's recommendation: the applicant's Graduate Record Examination Scores; the grade point average in previously completed graduate work; the content of reference letters; the compatibility of the degree program and the applicant's goals/needs; other evidence of advanced graduate academic skills (writing, research, etc); and relevant career or life experiences/accomplishments.
Assistantships A limited number of doctoral assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, are available to candidates who are accepted into the doctoral program. In addition to the assistantship stipend, doctoral students receive a remission of the contingent portion of the general fee, remission of the graduate course fee and a out-of-state fee waiver.
For additional information contact Dr. William Sharp Doctoral Program Director Department of Educational Leadership Teachers College Room 918 Ball State University Muncie, IN 47306-0590 Phone: 765-285-8488 FAX: 765-285-2166
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