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Continuing Education & Professional Development

Achieve your professional goals with Drake Continuing Education & Professional Development

You can receive a Drake education regardless of your location through Drake’s Continuing Education & Professional Development programs. See each specific program page to learn more about credit and how it may be applied toward your educational goals.

Programs and Partners

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with Drake and the USDLA!

The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field. National Distance Learning Week is November 6-10, 2017. The goal is for schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW and to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.

For more information on NDLW, contact the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) at:

617.399.1770 or


You may register online when we are closed. However, your registration(s) will not be processed until our office re-opens. 

Registrations that are mailed or faxed will not be processed until our office reopens. 

Phone registrations will not be taken during time periods when our office is closed. 

Expedited Grading

The expedited grading policy promises that your grade will be entered into the system in five business days of receipt by the Distance Learning Center. Please note that days that the office is closed are not considered business days. 

Transcript Information

Transcript specific information may be found here: Transcript FAQ’s

Thank you for using this information to plan your studies so that Drake University’s academic schedule has minimal impact on the completion of your goals.

Mission Statement

The Drake University Continuing Education and Professional Development Department (CEPD) is dedicated to the continuing education and advancement of PreK-12 teachers, athletic coaches, and administrators across North America and beyond. Working with our partner organizations, CEPD develops and delivers high-quality graduate online, face-to-face, self-paced and blended learning opportunities that are timely, practical and rigorous.


Drake University has been on the approved list of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since that association was established in 1913. Since reorganization of the Association in 2000, Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (312-263-0456,

Contact Information

Drake University School of Education
Continuing Education & Professional Development
3206 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

You may call the Drake Continuing Education & Professional Development Office Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 4:00 (CST), at:

If you are having any difficulty accessing or navigating this website, please contact CEPD Web Support.

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