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Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Apply Now‌In addition to course work that emphasizes the study of leadership, theory, ethics, technology and organizations, program evaluation and research methodologies, the PhD program provides opportunities for development as a research scholar with a research intensive apprenticeship experience. 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 curriculum development, grant writing, conference proposals and presentations, writing for publication, teaching, 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 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 Credit Description
Fall DOC 301  Seminar 
Fall DOC 350  Philosophies & Epistemologies in Education 
Spring DOC 345  Advanced Leadership 
Spring DOC 306  Qualitative Research Methods 
Summer DOC 302  Seminar (Ethics, Diversity & Leadership) 
Summer DOC 396  Advanced Qualitative Research 

 Year Two

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 360  Technology & Organizational Leadership 
Fall  DOC 305  Quantitative Research 
Spring  DOC 395  Advanced Quantitative Research 
Spring  DOC 370  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 380 3 Apprenticeship Credits with Advisor
Fall DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits
Spring DOC 380 3 Apprenticeship Credits with Advisor
Spring DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits
Summer DOC 380 3 Apprenticeship Credits with Advisor
Summer DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits*

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

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