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Ed.D.: Doctor of Education in Education Administration with Superintendent Licensure

Apply Now‌The 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.

Course Schedule

Year One

Semester Course Credits Description
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


Year Two

Semester Course Credits Description
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


Year Three

Semester Course Credits Description
Fall DOC 301 3 Doctoral Seminar
Fall DOC 305 3 Quantitative Research Methods
Spring DOC 395 3 Advanced Quantitative Research
      Comprehensive Exams
Spring DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits
Summer DOC 399 6 Dissertation Credits*

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

SOE News
May 7, 2018
Wayne Ford, a longtime Iowa elected official and nonprofit leader, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Drake’s 144th Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Degree Recipients at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in The Knapp Center.