2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

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Indiana State University


History and Organizational Structure

Indiana State University was created on December 20, 1865, pursuant to an Indiana statute, and was originally known as the Indiana State Normal School. Its primary mission was to prepare teachers for the common schools of Indiana. Indiana State Normal School awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in 1908; master’s degrees were first granted in 1928; and the first doctor of philosophy degrees were awarded in 1968.

ISU is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of nine persons appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana. Two of the nine are nominated for consideration by the Governor, by the Alumni Board of the University, and one of the nine, a student member, is appointed by the Governor from nominations submitted by the Student Government Association’s Search and Screen Committee.

The University is administered by a president, who reports to the Board of Trustees as the University’s chief executive officer. The campus is organized into four broad functional areas: academic affairs; business and finance; enrollment management, marketing, and communications; and student affairs. Each area is headed by a vice president who reports directly to the president.

ISU has seven academic divisions, each headed by a dean who reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The divisions include the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Nursing, Health, and Human Services; and Technology; the College of Graduate and Professional Studies; and the School of Music.

ISU offers, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org , 312-263-0456. Academic programs across the colleges/school are accredited by more than 30 different agencies. In addition, the University holds institutional membership in at least ten major national associations.

The basic Carnegie classification for ISU is Doctoral/Research University. Institutions with this label offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs and are committed to graduate education through both master’s and doctoral degrees.

Mission Statement

Indiana State University combines a tradition of strong undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on community and public service. We integrate teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment to prepare productive citizens for Indiana and the world.

Vision Statement

Inspired by a shared commitment to improving our communities, Indiana State University will be known nationally for academic, cultural, and research opportunities designed to ensure the success of its people and their work.


Indiana Integrity
                We demonstrate integrity through honesty, civility, and fairness.
State    Scholarship
                We value high standards for learning, teaching, and inquiry.
T          Transforming
                We foster personal growth within an environment in which every individual matters.
R          Responsibility
                We uphold the responsibility of university citizenship.
E          Education
                We provide a well-rounded education that integrates professional preparation and
                study in the arts and sciences with co-curricular involvement.
E          Embrace Diversity
                We embrace the diversity of individuals, ideas, and expressions.
S          Stewardship
                We exercise stewardship of our global community.


The Indiana State University main campus adjoins the north side of Terre Haute’s downtown business district and covers more than 190 acres in the heart of the city. Varsity soccer and baseball fields are located within a mile of the main campus along the Wabash River. Memorial Stadium, the site of NCAA Division IAA football games, is located on Wabash Avenue, two miles east of the main campus.

The field campus is an outdoor teaching, learning, and research area designed to accommodate educational programs and services. The campus is located on a scenic 93 acre plot of land approximately 18 miles east of Terre Haute in Brazil, Indiana and includes eight man-made lakes.

Graduate Education

Since the initiation of the first graduate program in 1927, Indiana State University has been vitally interested and involved in the concerns and challenges of graduate education. In 1927, the primary objective of the graduate program was to prepare students for administrative licenses in education. Thus programs were designed and implemented to meet the needs of elementary and secondary school teachers, including the master of arts and master of science degrees in selected areas of professional education.  As society changed, the institution’s graduate degree programs reflected those changes. Master of arts and master of science degree programs in arts and sciences and in some professional areas were soon offered. To keep pace with advances in society, specialized professional degrees were added in several academic disciplines including master of business administration, master of fine arts, master of music, master of music education, master of public administration, and master of education.

In 1947, a sixth year curriculum was established for those students working toward the school superintendents’ certificate. A cooperative program with the College of Education at Indiana University, leading to the doctor of education degree, was approved in 1948. In 1958, a program leading to the educational specialist degree was added.

In September 1965, doctor of philosophy degree programs were initiated in elementary education and guidance and psychological services. The doctoral degree in life sciences was added to ISU’s curriculum in 1967, and in 1968 doctoral degree programs in education (curriculum and instruction and educational administration) and geography were added. The doctor of psychology degree was implemented in 1981. In 1998, the doctor of philosophy in technology was added.

For over 60 years, graduate education has been an integral part of the University’s history. Graduate programs at Indiana State University, which once served only the teachers and school administrators of Indiana, are now attracting applicants from every state in the nation and 74 countries of the world.

Graduate education is viewed as being at the heart of those efforts designed to preserve and enhance the quality of life. The concentrated, in-depth study which characterizes this level of experience provides trained employees for addressing and solving society’s needs. Indiana State University has long recognized that research, scholarship, and creative activity are essential parts of its mission. It is through the encouragement and support of these activities that the institution contributes to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and the preparation of professionals. These focuses benefit not only the citizens of the state and region, but have far-reaching consequences for citizens of the nation and the world.

Graduate programs leading to advanced degrees in the liberal arts, preprofessional, and vocational-technical studies are designed to encourage a life-time commitment to learning and to maximize opportunities for success in post-graduate life.  Advanced study experience offers students the greatest opportunity to focus upon their specialized interests as they obtain more individualized instruction and greater emphasis on research.  Through graduate education, Indiana State University seeks to prepare students to make productive contributions to society and find personal satisfaction.

As the administrative unit responsible for dealing with all aspects of graduate study, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies has primary responsibilities for development and oversight of graduate programs. These responsibilities are administered by the dean and the assistant dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Policies and regulations which govern graduate work are made by the Graduate Council with the delegated assistance of its committees.

Graduate student representation is both encouraged and facilitated as an integral part of graduate committees. Groups and committees composed of graduate students representing the entire campus serve as links between the graduate student body and the graduate dean. 



 JAY D. GATRELL; Ph.D., West Virginia University, Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Professor of Geography and Women’s Studies.

R. TROY ALLEN; Ph.D., Indiana State University, Assistant Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Associate Professor of Aviation.

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies is responsible for the enforcement of minimum academic standards of all graduate (post-baccalaureate) programs as well as the administrative oversight of such programs in the colleges/school at Indiana State University. However, the responsibility for the daily operations of graduate programs lies with the respective academic departments, programs, and colleges/school.

Mission Statement

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies facilitates student and faculty teaching, research, scholarship, creativity, and community engagement.  The college provides leadership in quality graduate program development and the recruitment, education, and professional preparation of students throughout Indiana and the world.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate, establishes general policies and standards of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The council must approve any policy changes pertaining to graduate education.  In addition, the council assists the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in the execution of policies designed to maintain the academic integrity of graduate programs, including the approval of appointment of members of the graduate faculty, who are recommended and/or nominated by their academic units. No faculty member may teach graduate-level courses and/or serve as a member or chair of a thesis or dissertation committee without having been approved by the council and appointed to the graduate faculty.

At Indiana State University, the Graduate Council consists of nine faculty members who are appointed by the Faculty Senate; the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies; academic deans; and two student representatives.



M.A. Art (Studio)
M.S. Athletic Training
M.S. Biology
M.B.A. Business Administration
M.S. Career and Technical Education for Teacher Licensure
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
M.A. Communication
M.A. or M.S. Communication Disorders
M.A. or M.S. Communication Disorders (Teaching)
M.S. Computer Science
M.A. or M.S.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
M.S. Earth and Quaternary Sciences
M.S. Educational Technology
M.S. Electronics and Computer Technology
M.Ed. Elementary Education
M.A. English

M.S Family and Consumer Sciences

M.F.A. Fine Arts
M.A. Geography
M.A. or M.S. Health and Safety
  Occupational Safety Management
  Public Health
M.A. or M.S. History
M.S. Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry
M.S. Industrial Technology
M.A. Linguistics/TESL/Cross
M.A. or M.S. Mathematics
M.M Music
M.S. Nursing
M.A. or M.S. Physical Education
  Exercise Science
M.S. Physician Assistant Studies
M.A. or M.S. Political Science
M.A. or M.S. Psychology
M.P.A. Public Administration
M.S Recreation and Sport Management
M.Ed. School Administration and Supervision
M.Ed. School Counseling
M.Ed. School Psychology
M.S. Science Education
M.A. or M.S. Special Education
M.S. Student Affairs and Higher Education
M.S. Technology Education

Educational Specialist Degree Programs

Ed.S.   School Administration (School Superintendent)
Ed.S.   School Psychology


DNP   Nursing Practice
DPT   Physical Therapy
Ph.D.   Biology
Psy.D.   Clinical Psychology
Ph.D.   Curriculum and Instruction
    Early Childhood Education
    Educational Technology
    Elementary Education
    English Education
    History Education
    Industrial Technology Education
    Language Education
    Literacy Education
    Mathematics Education
    Post-Secondary Education
    Secondary Education
    Special Education

  Educational Administration
Kindergarten-12 School Administration
    Leadership in Higher Education
Ph.D.   Guidance and Psychological Services

  Counseling Psychology
    School Psychology
Ph.D.   Spatial and Earth Sciences
Ph.D.   Technology Management


Computer Education License and Education Technology Facilitation
Director of Exceptional Needs, Initial License, Post-Master’s
Director of Career and Technical Education, Post-Master’s License
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Initial License, Post-Master’s
Director of Vocational Education
Driver Education License
Education Non-Certification (30 hours beyond master’s)
Elementary Education Licensure–Transition to Teaching
Gifted and Talented Endorsement
Library Media Additional License
Post-Master’s Licensure Program–School Counselor
Reading Teacher Licensure
School Administration, Initial License, Post-Master’s
Secondary Teacher Licensure Program–Transition to Teaching
Visual Impairment


Advanced Study in Public Administration
Advanced Study in Public Personnel Administration
American Government and Politics
Clinical Mental Health Counselor Endorsement
Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology for Higher Education and Industry
Family Nursing Program Certificate, Post-Nursing Program
Family Nursing Program Certificate, Post-Master’s
Human Resource Development
Instructional Design Certificate
International Politics
Post-Master of Science Nurse Education Certificate
Piano Pedagogy
Public Librarian IV Certificate
Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language