Educational Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

This integrated interdisciplinary doctorate addresses changes in the character and delivery of public education, teacher education, and educational research through the study of three related disciplines in educational technology, curriculum, and social foundations/multicultural education (i.e., history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, etc.).

The program addresses the following critical issues facing education in the 21st century: 1) the increasing role of technology in learning, instructional design, curriculum development, assessment, and pedagogy; and 2) the influence of societal trends in demographics, economics, and politics on the structure and culture of schools.

The program serves a variety of professionals who wish to advance their careers in higher education as teacher educators and researchers, as well as curriculum directors, program evaluators and consultants in schools.

Graduates are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding to: assist students, teachers, and policy makers to function in a knowledge society; implement teaching and learning strategies; engage in systematic assessment, evaluation, and research; and, develop strategies to address the learning needs of changing populations.

Application Process

Applications for admission are accepted continuously. Students must apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the Department of Educational Studies.

To learn more about admission requirements and procedures and complete an online application, visit the Graduate School Web site. Upon acceptance by the Graduate School, your materials will be forwarded to the Department of Educational Studies. 

The following application materials should be sent directly to Keri McCormick in Educational Studies at the same time materials are sent to the Graduate School.

  • A cover letter detailing your interest in and expectations from the doctoral program.
  • Current educational and employment vitae.
  • Professional autobiography.
  • Evidence of high levels of competence in written and oral expression in English. Usually the materials above are adequate evidence. However, if you have examples of previous research reports or funded grants, please include those.
  • At least three letters of reference from sources who are familiar with your professional and/or academic work.

Contact Dr. Nancy Brooks with questions about the program and Keri McCormick with questions about the admissions process.  International students should send initial inquiries to the Rinker Center for International Programs.

Criteria for Selection

The Advanced Graduate Committee for the Ph.D. in educational studies considers the following criteria in reaching its recommendation:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores
  • the grade point average in previous graduate work
  • the content of the reference letters
  • the applicant's professional and personal goals, relevant career, or life experiences and accomplishments
    evidence of advanced study skills including writing, speaking, and completing research


A limited number of doctoral assistantships requiring 20 hours of work per week are awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantships are available to full-time students. Assistants are paid a stipend, tuition is waived, and students pay only the student service fee.

Course Requirements:

Core Courses (Research and Educational Studies) (26 credits)

Research Core (14 credits)

  • EDPS 640 - Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 641 - Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDST 650 - Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDST 660 - Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • ID 705 - Research Colloquium (2 credit hours)

Educational Studies Core (12 credits)

  • EDCU 601 - Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDTE 650 - Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EDFO 631 - Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDST 735 - Seminar in Educational Studies (3 credit hour)

Students will choose one (1) of the following areas as their area of Concentration (24 hours) and two (2) of the following as their directed cognate areas (15 hours in each area):

Curriculum (EDCU) Concentration


Educational Technology (EDTE)  Concentration


History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Education (EDFO/EDMU) Concentration

Required courses:

EDST 671  Eval Ed Prog (3)

EDCU725 Curr Theor (3)

EDCU798 Sem Curr Dvl (3–6)


6 hours from EDCU:

610 Elem Sch Cur (3)

620 Sec Sch Cur (3)

630 Jr H Mid Cur (3)

640 Alt Sch Curr (3)

673 Curr Eval (3)

675 Eval Ed Prsl (3)

680 Stf Dvlp Cur (3)

690 Prob Curr (3)

700 Sem Cur Dvlp 3

799 Intern Suprv (3)


9 additional hours from above or from approved courses in the areas of pedagogy, supervision, leadership, and/or psychology.

552 Web Mltmedia (3)

585 School Infra (3)

655 Inquiry Simu (3)

660 Instr Design (3)

665 Digital Lit (3)

670 Tech Pol Ped (3)

675 Distance Ed (3)

680 Advanc Media (3)

685 Ed Info Lead (3)

690 Practicum (3)

699 Ind Study (3)

770 Ed Tec Eval (3)

790 Intern EdTec (3)




610 Wom, Gender & Edu (3)

620 Soc, Hist, & Phil Fnds of Ed (3)

621 Edu and Ethics (3)

632 Sem in Phil of Ed (3)

641 Hist Amer Ed (3)

642 Sem in History of Ed. (3)

651 Ed Sociology (3)

652 Sem in Ed. Soc (3)

660 Comp Ed (3)

699 Ind Study (3)



660  Mlti Clt Eth (3)

670  Soc Cult Min (3)

690  Ind Study (3)



Dissertation (10 credits)

Total: 90 credits