Admissions and Requirements

General Degree Requirements
The Ed.S. degree in School Superintendency requires the satisfactory completion of prescribed graduate course work beyond the master's degree with a 3.2 grade-point average. 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

The specialist degree student will ordinarily take the following educational administration courses for an Ed.S. Degree in the School Superintendency.

Masters Courses:         Credit Hours
EDAD 630     Human Resources Development           

 3

EDAD 635 Educational Decision Making 

 3

EDSUP 650  Supervision of Instruction

 3

EDAD 684  Educational Finance and Ethics 

 3

EDAD 686  School Law 

 3

EDAD 689
(old 610/620)
The School Principal

3

EDPSY 640 Methodology of Educational &
Psychological Research

3

EDCUR 601
(old 610/620)
Principles and Procedures of
Curriculum Development

3

One of the following:

3

EDFON 631 Philosophy of Education (3)
EDFON 641 History of American Education (3)
EDFON 651 Educational Sociology (3)
EDMUL 660 Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Education
in American Schools (3)



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Subtotal
27 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

EDAD 685 Fiscal Management of Educational Agencies

3

EDAD 687 Special Education Law for Administrators

3

EDAD 688 School Facilities

3

EDAD 698 Seminar in Theory of Educational Administration

3

EDAD 696 Superintendent Internship

6

EDAD 780 The School Superintendent

3

EDAD 782 Specialist Capstone Seminar

3

EDCUR 610 Elementary School Curriculum

3

OR

EDCUR 620 Secondary School Curriculum

3

Choose 6 additional hours from the courses listed below:

6

CPSY 600 Introduction to School Counseling (3)
EDFON 631 Philosophy of Education (3)
EDPSY 603 Psychology of Human Development (3)
EDPSY 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3)
EDCUR 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3)
EDMUL 660 Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Education in American Schools (3)
EDEL 644 Education of the Cultural Different Child (3)
EDPSY 646 Tests and Measurement (3)
EDFON 641 History of American Education (3)
EDFON 651 Educational Sociology (3)


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Subtotal
36 Hours



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Total Hours
63 Hours

Internship
Each student in the Ed.S. program must complete a supervised internship.

The internship assignment will be arranged by the department in consultation with the student. Students 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 that the student is accepted into the degree program. The committee chair, in consultation with the student, will develop a plan of study. The committee will also conduct the required written and oral examinations when the student has completed all coursework.

Deadline for Completion of Degree Work
All requirements (30 sem. 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 in Education degree program.

Application Process
The student applies for admission to the specialist degree program by submitting the following to the Graduate School:

  • Graduate Application (obtained from the Graduate School or on the Internet)
  • One copy of all college/university transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination Scores

The student submits a professional portfolio consisting of the following items to the Department of Educational Leadership:

  • Autobiography (500-1,000 words)
  • A 3-5 page paper containing the applicant's philosophy of education and statement of purpose to be accomplished by earning the specialist degree and describing the contributions the candidate expects to make to the specialist program and to the profession of educational administration
  • A current vitae
  • Names and addresses of five references (department will contact them directly)
  • One copy of all college/university transcripts

Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.2 or higher on all previously completed graduate work.

When admission materials have been received, the Department of Educational Leadership reviews and evaluates the submitted materials. Following this evaluation, the applicant may be invited to campus for a personal interview.

Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are available to Ed.S. candidates. In addition to the assistantship stipend, remissions on selected fees are also provided. An assistantship application is available from the department.

For additional information contact 
Dr. William Sharp
Doctoral Program Director
Department of Educational Leadership
Teachers College Room 918
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0590
Phone: 765-285-8488
FAX: 765-285-2166

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Department of Educational Leadership
Teachers College (TC), Room 903
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0590

Hours: Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-8488
Fax: 765-285-2166