Academics and Admissions

Preparations for educational leadership vary, depending upon which level of leadership you seek and at what type of institution. Regardless of the destination, the Department of Educational Leadership has the roadmap.

Various options are available through our graduate and licensure programs. For example, the master of arts (MA) in educational administration and supervision leads not only to a graduate degree but also initial licensure as a principal—and it can be completed entirely through distance learning. The certificate in charter school leadership also can be obtained entirely online. The specialist in education (EdS) in school superintendency is designed to meet state licensure requirements, and the doctor of education (EdD) in educational administration and supervision can as well.

We are well-attuned to the challenges of balancing studies with the needs of your job responsibilities—which often is within a school. That’s why so much of the academic work can be accomplished through online and distance education. And even though administrative licensure in Indiana requires two semesters of hands-on learning through an internship, it’s designed to be compatible with the needs of working students. In fact, parts of the internship can be completed right in your own school district.

If your aim is to complete your leadership training with a minimum of expense, a graduate assistantship with tuition remission may be the answer. And whether or not you’re already working in education, you’re working toward growth and change in your career when you study with us. For our graduates, life after Ball State is challenging and rewarding.