Designed for the experienced and practicing professional, the Doctor of Education in Leadership program offers opportunities for individuals in education, business, healthcare, human services, governments, and other fields.
Courses within the EdD program emphasize the practical and theoretical study of leadership, strategic and resource management, research, technology, evaluation, assessment, and analytics. Drake’s program is adaptable to a number of leadership-level careers as well as one’s own personal development. Unique to Drake’s EdD program is the option for students to choose between a dissertation or capstone project.
Developed for working professionals, courses are traditionally held in a weekend format with a mix of online and on-campus delivery, so you can continue to work full time. The program is a minimum of 42 credits.
In general, students may receive credit for academic courses taken through doctorate programs at accredited institutions. Courses accepted for transfer credit must parallel courses offered at Drake University or otherwise be appropriate for doctorate level credit. Graduate courses considered for transfer must be beyond the required 36 masters-level credits required for admission into a Drake doctoral program. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred into a Drake doctorate program can be no more than 1/3 of the total credit for the full degree program (EdD or PhD). Other details include:
Considerations for Students with Transfer Credits
|DOC 301 - Doctoral Seminar (Foundations of Doctoral Education)||3|
|DOC 302 - Doctoral Seminar (Policy and Cultural Diversity)||3|
|DOC 305 - Quantitative Research Methods||3|
|DOC 306 - Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|DOC 345 - Theory, Research, and Leadership||3|
|DOC 370 - Program Evaluation and Assessment||3|
DOC 375 - Concepts and Applications of Learning Analytics
|DOC 386 - Transformational Systems Leadership||3|
|DOC 395 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods||3|
|DOC 396 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|DOC 381/390 - Capstone or Dissertation Seminar||3|
|*DOC 388/399 - Capstone Dissertation||9|
|*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until dissertation is complete.|
|*DOC 399 - Course credit is not earned until the dissertation is completed and successfully defended.|
All courses in each of the doctoral programs are taken as a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall.
In order to complete the application process, submit the following:
Online application materials will automatically be forwarded to the School of Education. Official transcripts and test scores may be sent via secure electronic transmission to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Coordinator of Graduate Admission
School of Education - Drake University
Collier-Scripps Hall - Rm 221
2702 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.