2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy in Elementary Education

92-98 credits

Designed to meet the needs of advanced graduate students who seek leadership roles in education and are dedicated to advancing the profession through their advanced research skills, teaching, and service. The program includes an intensive, in-depth study of education and various professional experiences through fellowship assignments.

Degree requirements

General guidelines include 92-98 graduate credits, at least 48 of which ordinarily will be completed at Ball State University. The program includes a major of 40 credits, of which 10 credits are for the dissertation. Candidates may choose cognate fields of either two 15-credit (minimum) cognates or one 24-credit (minimum) cognate. The 15-credit cognates must include a minimum of 9 Ball State University credits, and the 24-credit cognate must include a minimum of 12 Ball State University credits. One of the cognate areas must demonstrate research competence in statistical methods or research techniques. There is a residency requirement of 15 credit hours within one academic year (may include online classes), which is expected to begin within two years of acceptance to the program.

Teachers College requirements

EDPS 641Introduction to Statistical Methods

3

EDPS 642Analysis of Variance

3

ID 705Research Colloquium

1 TO 3

(or another approved course)

Humanistic studies

One course from

EDFO 631Philosophy of Education

3

EDFO 641History of American Education

3

EDFO 651Educational Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Behavioral studies

One course from

EDPS 600Advanced Educational Psychology

3

EDPS 603Psychology of Human Development

3

EDPS 627Child Development

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Area of specialization

(Elementary, Early Childhood, Reading)

Total Credit Hours:40

Doctoral seminar (2 semesters)

EDEL 798Seminar in Elementary Education

2

or

ECYF 799Seminar in Early Childhood Education

2

or

EDRD 700Seminar in Reading

2

Dissertation

DISS 799Doctoral Dissertation

1 TO 24

Total Credit Hours:10

Research cognate

Total Credit Hours:24-30

Total Credit Hours: 92-98