Educational Studies

Graduate Degrees

Comprehensive Graduate Education

The Department of Educational Studies offers outstanding graduate programs in many different areas of education, including a secondary education program that is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. The student affairs administration in higher education is also ranked amongh the nation's best by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

To be considered for admission to our graduate programs, you must apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the Department of Educational Studies.

Below you will find a brief description of the Graduate Degree Programs:

Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Educational Technology
This program recognizes the importance of integrating curriculum with innovative technology. In addition to core training in both areas, specialty tracks develop K–12 technology coordinators and master teacherswho integrate learning technologies into the K–12 curriculum (EDTEC track) and curriculum specialists who direct curricular design, implementation, and evaluation in K–12 school (EDCUR track).

Master of Arts in Secondary Education
This program is designed to enable practicing teachers to deal with theoretical concepts relating directly to their instruction and to improve instructional effectiveness.

Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education
This program provides students with enhanced concepts and competencies in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for adults in a variety of public and private educational settings. The program provides students with an understanding of how educational, social, political, and economic systems interface within communities. The program seeks to develop individuals who are committed to fostering learning as a lifelong process and in creating learning organizations and societies.

Master of Arts in Executive Development for Public Service
An interdisciplinary and intercollegiate degree, the executive development program prepares graduates to provide educational services in a variety of social, industrial, health and human services, military, and governmental settings. A broad range of courses related to management and public agency administration are offered to prepare students to function in an executive, managerial, or supervisory capacity within government or not-for-profit agencies.

Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
Designed for those interested in student affairs administration in colleges, universities, and junior and community (two-year) colleges. The program prepares students to work in such student affairs positions as admissions, financial aid, student activities and programs, and housing and residence hall programs. The student affairs administration program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Educational Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Doctor of Education in Adult, Higher, and Community Education
A doctoral program that prepares graduate students for professions in a variety of educational, governmental, community, business, and industrial settings. The adult/community education track emphasizes developing skills in management, planning, personnel and program development, teaching, and evaluation. The higher education track emphasizes developing skills in administration, organizational and policy development, teaching, curriculum, and social justice advocacy related to postsecondary institutions.

Doctoral Cognates
Doctoral Cognates are offered through each departmental program (e.g. Curriculum and Technology, Adult Community). In addition, specialized cognates are available in the following areas: history, philosophy, and sociology of education; higher education; and teacher education.

Ph.D. in Educational Studies
This integrated interdisciplinary doctorate addresses changes in the character and delivery of public education, teacher education, and educational research through the study of three related disciplines in educational technology, curriculum, and social foundations/multicultural education (i.e., history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, etc.). The program addresses the following critical issues facing education in the 21st century: 1) the increasing role of technology in learning, instructional design, curriculum development, assessment, and pedagogy; and 2) the influence of societal trends in demographics, economics, and politics on the structure and culture of schools. The program serves a variety of professionals who wish to advance their careers in higher education as teacher educators and researchers, as well as curriculum directors, program evaluators and consultants in schools. Graduates are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding to: assist students, teachers, and policy makers to function in a knowledge society; implement teaching and learning strategies; engage in systematic assessment, evaluation, and research; and, develop strategies to address the learning needs of changing populations.