Educational Studies

Doctor of Philosophy 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:
• Educational technology
• Curriculum
• Cultural and Educational Policy Studies

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
2. The influence of societal trends in demographics, economics, and politics on the structure and culture of 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.
Course Requirements
Core Courses (Research and Educational Studies: 36 credits)

Research Core (24 Credit Hrs.)
EDPS 640 Research Methods 3
EDST 650 Intro to Qual Res 3
EDST 671 Eval of Ed Programs 3
ID 705 Research Colloquium 3

4 Electives (12 Credit Hrs.)

EDPS 641 Statistical Methods (3)
EDPS 642 Intermediate Statistics (3)
EDPS 741 Applied Regression Analysis (3)
EDST 655 Intro Mixed Methods Research (3)
EDST 660 Ethno Res in Ed (3)
EDST 670 Adv Theor Qual Rsh (3)
EDST 676 Res on Impact Stud Learn (3)
EDST 770 Adv Eval of Ed Prgrams (3)
SOC 681 Survey Research Methods (3)

Educational Studies Core (12 credits)

EDCU  601 (3)
EDTE  650 (3)
EDFO  631 (3)
EDST  735 (3)

Students choose one (1) of the three areas below as their 24-hour Major Area of Specialization (21 credits from that area plus the core course). The other two (2) areas are their 15-hour Directed Cognates (12 credits from each area, plus the core course in each.)

Ed studies PHD 2015-16

Dissertation (10 credits)

Total Program Credits: 91

Course Delivery Method
Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies program is offered through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

Admission Process
Applications for admission are accepted continuously. Students must apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the Department of Educational Studies.

To learn more about admission requirements and procedures and complete an online application, visit the Graduate School Web site. Upon acceptance by the Graduate School, your materials will be forwarded to the Department of Educational Studies.

The following application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Advising Secretary in the Department of Educational Studies at the same time materials are sent to the Graduate School.
• A cover letter detailing your interest in and expectations from the doctoral program. Related past professional experience and future goals should be included.
• Current educational and employment vitae.
• Evidence of high levels of competence in written and oral expression in English. If you have examples of previous research reports, masters thesis, or funded grants, please include those.
• At least three letters of reference from sources that are familiar with your academic work.

Criteria for Selection
The Admissions Committee for the Ph.D. in Educational Studies considers the following criteria in reaching its recommendation:
• Graduate Record Examination scores (While we seriously take GRE scores into account, we do not specify a required score.)
• Minimum grade point average of 3.2 in previous graduate work
• Content of the reference letters
• Applicant's professional and personal goals, relevant career, or life experiences and accomplishments
• Evidence of advanced study skills including writing, speaking, and completing research

Who Should Apply?
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.

Why Ball State?
• Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Higher Learning Commission, and the Indiana Department of Education
• One of the first universities in the nation to pilot the Woodrow Wilson Fellows program
• According to the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs, Teachers College online graduate education programs ranked 8th in the nation. Online graduate education programs for Veterans ranked 7th in the nation in 2015.

Faculty Research Areas
Emerging curriculum trends, secondary teacher preparation, issues of equity and social justice in education, teacher technology integration, teaching for transformative understanding, teacher leadership, history of educational policy and practices, ethics and education.

Graduate Assistantships
Limited number of doctoral assistantships requiring 20 hours of work per week is awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantships are available to full-time students. Assistants are paid a stipend, tuition is waived, and students pay only the student service fee.

Career Paths
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.

For More Information For questions about the program contact Dr. Gilbert Park. Questions about the admissions process should go to Keri McCormick.  International students should send initial inquiries to the Rinker Center for International Programs.

Department of Educational Studies
Teachers College (TC), Room 805
2000 University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306-0610
Phone: 765.285.5461
Fax: 765.285.5489

Rinker Center for International Programs
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room 102
Ball State University
Muncie, In 47306
Phone: 765.285.5422
Fax: 765.285.3710
Email: intadmit@bsu.edu