The Doctorate of Education in Education Administration with Superintendent Licensure prepares individuals for superintendent/AEA administration licensure while pursuing a terminal degree. Developed from the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, the program enables doctoral students to become exemplary leaders within the field of education. A rich clinical experience is central to the program, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded throughout the coursework.
Developed for working professionals, courses are held in a weekend format on Drake University’s campus, so you can continue to work full time. The program is a minimum of 54 credits with no transfer credits accepted.
|Fall||EDL 283||3||Leading Complex Organizations|
|Fall||EDL 291||3||Policy, Influence and Legal Issues|
|Spring||EDL 290||3||School Resource Management|
|Spring||EDL 285||3||Ethics and Social Justice|
|Summer||EDL 287||3||Curriculum and Evaluations|
|Summer||EDL 289||3||Organization Management|
|Fall||EDL 286||3||Systems Thinking|
|Fall||EDL 288||3||Human Resource Management|
|Spring||DOC 306||3||Qualitative Research|
|Spring||DOC 345||3||Advanced Leadership|
|Summer||EDL 292||3||Final Seminar|
|Summer||DOC 396||3||Advanced Qualitative Research|
|Fall||DOC 301||3||Doctoral Seminar|
|Fall||DOC 305||3||Quantitative Research Methods|
|Spring||DOC 395||3||Advanced Quantitative Research|
|Spring||DOC 399||3||Dissertation Credits|
|Summer||DOC 399||6||Dissertation Credits*|
*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until
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. Please mail transcripts and test scores to:
Coordinator of Graduate Admission
Drake University School of Education
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
In addition to the above items, those applying to the EdD with Superintendent licensure will need to submit two professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate’s potential for effective district-level leadership. Note: These letters are in addition to the three reference contacts listed above. Reference contacts can also write these letters as long as they meet the requirements listed.