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Research Requirements (A minimum of 15 semester hours in research is required prior to DISS 799)

Required Courses

    • EDAD 635 Educational Decision Making (3 credit hours)
    • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational Research (3 credit hours)
    • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3 credit hours)
    • ID 705 Research Colloquium (3 credit hours) Must be taken two consecutive semesters, Fall (2 hrs), Spring (1 hr)

    An additional 3 hours are required from the following:

      • EDPS 642 Intermediate Statistics (3 credit hours)
      • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credit hours)
      • EDPS 785 Survey Research Methods (3 credit hours)
      • EDCU 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credit hours)
      • EDCU 661 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
      • Other research courses, in qualitative research, may be helpful to you when conducting your dissertation research.

      Dissertation
      Each student is required to write a dissertation on a topic approved by the committee. You must register for DISS 799 for a total of 10 dissertation hours.

      Required Courses in the Major
      As a doctoral student, you will ordinarily have taken the following educational administration courses for the master’s in educational administration, administrative license, and/or the EdS degree in school superintendency. A minimum of 40 hours of graduate work is required in the major.

      Master’s Courses, 36 credit hours

      • EDAD 600 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
      • 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)
      • EDAD 694 Principal Internship (6 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 (3 credit hours)
      • EDFO 641(3 credit hours)|
      • EDFO 651(3 credit hours)|
      • EDMU 660 (3 credit hours)|

      EdS Required Courses

      • 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
      • EDFO 631
      • EDPS 603
      • EDSP 641
      • EDSP 646
      • EDCU 671
      • EDMU 660
      • EDEL 644

      Additional Courses in the Major

      • EDAD 798 Advanced Seminar in Educational Administration (6 credit hours)
        Must be taken two consecutive semesters, Fall and Spring (3 hours each semester)
      • EDPS 600 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning (3 credit hours)
      • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational & Psychological Research (3 credit hours)
      • One 3 credit hour Multi-Cultural Course
        • EDFO 651
        • EDMU 660
        • EDMU 670
        • EDEL 644
        • SOC 521

        Cognate Requirements
        You 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, higher education, history and philosophy of education, literature, marriage and family counseling, neuropsychology, teacher education in higher education, the teaching of English and research, methodology.

        Doctoral Committee
        Your doctoral committee is appointed after you have 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 your program advisor.

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