Ed.D.: Doctor of Education in Leadership

Apply Now‌Courses within the EdD program emphasize the practical study of leadership, theory, ethics, technology and organizations, program evaluation and research methodologies. Drake's program is adaptable to a number of leadership-level careers.

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 cohort program can be completed in as little as three years (two years of coursework listed below, with one year or more to complete a dissertation). The program is a minimum of 42 credits with no transfer credits accepted.

Course Schedule

Year One

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 301 3 Seminar
Fall DOC 350 3 Philosophies & Epistemologies in Education
Spring DOC 345 3 Advanced Leadership
Spring DOC 306 3 Qualitative Research Methods
Summer DOC 302 3 Seminar (Ethics, Diversity & Leadership)
Summer DOC 396 3 Advanced Qualitative Research

Year Two

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 360 3 Technology & Organizational Leadership
Fall DOC 305 3 Quantitative Research
Spring DOC 395 3 Advanced Quantitative Research
Spring DOC 370 3 Program Evaluation & Assessment
       Comprehensive Exams
Summer DOC 390 3 Dissertation Seminar
Summer DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits

Year Three

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 399 6 Dissertation Credits                                
Spring DOC 399 1 Dissertation Credits*

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until
dissertation is complete.  


Education News
October 12, 2016
Kevin Lam, assistant professor of urban and diversity education at Drake University, has received a 2016 Critics’ Choice book award for his book titled Youth Gangs, Racism, and Schooling: Vietnamese American Youth in a Postcolonial Context.