Coursework emphasizes the study of learning and learning analytics, theory and philosophy of education, evaluation and assessment, policy and diversity, and research methods. The PhD program provides opportunities for development as a research scholar. In the final year of the program, PhD students work closely with their faculty mentors in an apprenticeship. While focused on enhancing and expanding the PhD student’s research skills and knowledge, faculty mentors work with their mentees to identify and design apprenticeship activities based on the PhD student’s professional goals and discipline. Some examples of apprenticeship activities include teaching, curriculum development, grant writing, conference proposals and presentations, writing for publication, learning advanced research methods not covered in the program’s four research courses, and leading workshops on topics related to the student’s expertise.
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 54 credits.
|DOC 301 - Doctoral Seminar (Foundations of Doctoral Education)
|DOC 302 - Doctoral Seminar (Ethics, Diversity, and Leadership)
|DOC 305 - Quantitative Research Methods
|DOC 306 - Qualitative Research Methods
|DOC 350 - Philosophies and Epistemologies in Education
|DOC 365 - Learning Sciences
|DOC 370 - Evaluation and Assessment
|DOC 375 - Concepts and Applications of Learning Analytics
|DOC 380 - Doctoral Apprenticeship (with advisor)
|DOC 390 - Dissertation Seminar
|DOC 395 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
|DOC 396 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
|DOC 399 - Dissertation
|*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until
|dissertation is complete.
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
In addition to the above items, those applying to the Ph.D. program will need to submit a 1-2 page essay explaining their research interests and reasons for pursuing a research intensive degree.
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.