Mission: The mission of the Adult, Higher and Community Education (AHCE) Doctoral Program is to prepare students for professions in a variety of educational, government, community, business and industry settings. The Adult and Community Major emphasizes developing skills in management, personnel development, program planning and evaluation, and teaching related to adult learners. The Higher Education Major emphasizes developing skills in higher education administration, organizational and policy development, teaching, curriculum development, and social justice advocacy related to post-secondary institutions. The Community College Leadership Major emphasizes developing administrative and teaching skills specifically for community college environments.General Requirements: A minimum of 91 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 48 of the 91 hours, and at least half of required hours in the research requirement, the major, and the cognate must be completed at Ball State. Degree Requirements: Students will earn 12 credits in the Core Courses, 21 credits in Research Courses, 24 credits in the Major Concentration (Adult and Community Education, Higher Education, or Community College Leadership), and a single cognate of 24 credits or two cognates of 15 credits each. Completion of the dissertation earns 10 credits.
Adult and Community Education Major Concentration (24 hours) Three courses are required. Five other courses are selected in consultation with the Doctoral Committee.
Higher Education Major Concentration (24 hours) Four courses are required. Four other courses are selected in consultation with the Doctoral Committee.
Community College Leadership Major Concentration (24 hours) 15 credits are required. Three other courses are selected in consultation with the Doctoral Committee
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