General Requirements
The EdS Degree in School Superintendency 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 hours of graduate credit including the master’s degree. A minimum of 24 semester hours of the specialist required courses must be completed at Ball State University.

Required Courses in the Major, 63 credit hours
The specialist degree student will ordinarily take the following educational administration courses for an EdS Degree in School Superintendency.

Master’s Courses

  • EDAD 630 Human Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 635 Educational Decision Making (3 credit hours)
  • EDSU 650 Supervision of Instruction (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 684 Educational Finance and Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 686 School Law (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 689 (610/620) The School Principal (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDCU 601 (610/620) Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)

    Choose one course from the list below:
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDFO 641 History of American Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDFO 651 Educational Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • EDMU 660 Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Education in American Schools (3 credit hours)

    Subtotal: 27 credit hours

Specialist Required Courses
A minimum of 24 semester hours must be taken at Ball State.

  • EDAD 640 The Educational Administrator and Public Relations (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 685 Fiscal Management of Educational Agencies (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 687 Special Education Law for Administrators (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 688 School Facilities (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 698 Seminar in Theory of Educational Administration (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 696 Superintendent Internship (6 credit hours)
  • EDAD 780 The School Superintendent (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 782 Specialist Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • EDCU 610 Elementary School Curriculum (3 credit hours) or EDCUR 620 Secondary School Curriculum (3 credit hours)

    And six additional credit hours from the list below:
  • CPSY 600 Introduction to School Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credit hours)
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 603 Psychology of Human Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credit hours)
  • EDCU 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credit hours)
  • EDMU 660 Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Education in American Schools (3 credit hours)

    Subtotal: 36 credit hours

Each student in the EdS program must complete a supervised internship. The internship assignment will be arranged by the department in consultation with you. You are 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 supervise all interns.

The Specialist Committee
A three-member committee, consisting of educational administration faculty members, will usually be appointed during the first semester of your acceptance into this program. The committee chair, in consultation with you, will develop a plan of study. The committee will also conduct the required written and oral examination when you have completed all coursework.

Deadline for Completion of Degree Work
All requirements (30 semester hours) 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.