2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Education in Adult and Community Education

91-97 credits

This is a doctoral degree program that prepares graduate students for professions in a variety of educational, governmental, community, business, and industrial settings. The adult and community education doctoral program emphasizes developing critical skills and conducting research in teaching and learning, program planning, leadership, continuing education, community organizing, organizational management, and evaluation using a social justice framework. Through the courses, learners understand how power issues, especially related to race and diversity, impacts decisions and policies within educational programs.

General requirements

A minimum of 91 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 48 of the 91 credits, and at least half of required credits in the research requirement, the major concentration, and the cognate must be completed at Ball State. A master’s degree is required; previous graduate course work may be counted toward the 91 total credits required in the program. Exact requirements will vary depending on the concentration. Students will earn 57 credits in the core courses, research courses, electives within adult and community education program, or other areas as appropriate, in addition to cognate and dissertation courses.

Cognate requirements

The doctoral student must have either two cognate fields (or minors) consisting of a minimum of 15 credits each or a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 credits. For the 15-credit cognate, 9 credits must be taken at Ball State University; for the 24 credit cognate, 12 credits of the must be taken at Ball State University. Cognates are offered in higher education; community college leadership; and adult and community education. Cognates are also available in all university major fields of study for the master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. 

Credits transferred from prior graduate study at Ball State University

At the discretion of the student’s doctoral committee, past graduate credits earned from Ball State University may be transferred into the core, research, cognate, and/or major concentration portions of the student’s curriculum. In some cases, this may include entire Ball State master’s-level programs, totaling up to 42 credits.

Dissertation

Each student is required to write a dissertation on a topic approved by their committee. Students register for DISS 799 for a minimum of 10 dissertation credits.

Doctoral committee

The student’s doctoral committee is appointed after the student has been admitted to study for the doctoral degree – usually near the end of the first year of doctoral work. Until the committee has been appointed, the director of the doctoral program or their designee will serve as the primary advisor for the student.

Residence requirement

There is a residency requirement for this degree which consists of the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours in two consecutive semesters of graduate work beyond the master’s degree. Summer may be used as one of the semesters for residency purposes.

Degree Requirements

Adult and community education concentration, 91-97 credits

Core required courses, 24 credits

EDAC 631Adult and Community Education

3

EDAC 634The Adult as a Learner

3

EDAC 635Strategies for Teaching Adults

3

EDAC 648The Community Educator

3

EDAC 655Continuing Education for Professionals

3

EDAC 700Seminar in Adult and Community Education

3

EDAC 780Seminar in Managing Lifelong Education Programs

3

EDST 697The Grant Process and Research

3

Total Credit Hours:24

Research requirements, 21 credits

EDAC 710Research in Adult and Community Education

3

EDAC 730Practicum in Adult and Community Education

2 TO 6

EDPS 640Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research

3

EDPS 641Introduction to Statistical Methods

3

EDST 671Evaluation of Educational Programs

3

ID 705Research Colloquium

1 TO 3

3 credits from
EDST 650Introduction to Qualitative Research

3

EDST 660Ethnographic Research in Education

3

Total Credit Hours:21

Electives, 12 credits

Four courses are selected in consultation with the Doctoral Committee

EDAC 629Psychology of Adult Adjustment

3

EDAC 632Organizing Adult and Community Education Programs

3

EDAC 638Program Planning in Community and Adult Education

3

EDAC 640Foundations of Adult and Community Education

3

EDAC 644Collaborative Learning in Adult, Higher, and Community Education

3

EDAC 646Working with Volunteers in Community Agencies

3

EDAC 681Managing Community Education

3

EDAC 698Seminar in Adult and Community Education

3

EDAC 699Internship in Adult and Community Education

2 TO 6

EDCC 640The Community College

3

EDHI 610Issues in Higher Education

3

EDST 655Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

3

EDST 660Ethnographic Research in Education

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Cognate(s) 24 or 30 credits

Dissertation course

DISS 799Doctoral Dissertation

1 TO 24

Total Credit Hours:10

Total Credit Hours: 91-97