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.
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.
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.
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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
Community College Leadership Cognate (24 credits)
doctoral cognate in Community College Leadership will serve a variety
of doctoral programs across campus. In consultation with their cognate
advisor, doctoral students will select the appropriate 24 credits from
the required and elective courses below. When a doctoral student
selects two cognates, whereby only 15 credits are required for each,
they will be taken from the required course list below.
Dissertation (10 hrs) By completing the dissertation students earn the final 10 credits for the doctoral degree. A student may not register for dissertation hours until all coursework has been completed, the doctoral comprehensive exams have been passed, and the student's committee has approved the dissertation proposal.
Total Hours Earned May Vary Students may find it necessary to earn more than the minimum of 90 hours to meet all program requirements and meet their own individual requirements. Often students earn 100 or more graduate hours beyond the bachelors degree.
Transfer Credits At least 48 of the 90 total hours, and at least half of required hours in the research requirement, the major, and the cognate must be completed at Ball State. Because of these secondary restrictions, most students cannot transfer all 48 possible transfer credits. Courses earned while in a previously completed degree (usually a Masters degree) can be transferred into the doctoral program regardless of time. Courses taken that were not a part of a previously completed degree must have been earned within five years of the completion date of the doctoral degree. The current University Graduate Catalogue describes the transfer requirements in more detail.
Residence Requirements Students meet the residence requirements by earning a total of 15 semester hours of credit in two consecutive semesters. Summer semester can be one of those semesters. The residency requirement must be met after admission to the doctoral program. If previous graduate work was earned at Ball State prior to being admitted to the doctoral program it will not count toward the residency requirement.
Meeting Times Classes meet in the evenings, weekends or other times convenient to groups of students to reduce conflicts with typical scheduled work hours. A few courses are offered by distance learning, primarily over the internet.
Time to Complete the Degree All requirements for completion of the doctoral degree are to be completed within seven years from the time of enrollment in the first course after the student has been admitted. After admission the student has two years to begin courses. The director of the doctoral program serves as a student's adviser until the student establishes a doctoral committee. It is possible to complete up to nine hours in one registration as a non-degree student. A limit of 9 hours of credit earned as a non-degree student can be counted toward program requirements if the student is subsequently admitted to the program.
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