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Specialist in Education with Content-Based Emphasis

The Specialist in Education with a Content-Based Emphasis is a post-masters program that prepares students for leadership within the field of education or business through programmatic strands.

Specific areas of study include leadership, human resources, and literacy.

This degree requires 30-credit hours, consisting of nine credit hours of core courses and 21 credit hours of advisor approved, programmatic electives. 

Program Highlights

Versatility Students work closely with a program advisor in order to select courses that best fit their needs and goals. Several course options are available within each emphasis area.

Valuable This program is ideal for advancement and professional development within any number of disciplines including education, business, and law.

Face-to-face Instruction Students learn from Drake faculty members who are experienced leaders and experts in their fields.

Technology Enhanced Courses feature hybrid learning, with web-based activities and discussions supplementing face-to-face weekend classes. Some courses may be offered fully online.

Convenient scheduling Classes are designed to meet the needs of working adults. They are during the evening or on weekends.

Application Details

  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.


Leadership or Human Resources

Dr. Cris Wildermuth
1-800-44-DRAKE x4701


Dr. Jill Johnson
Associate Professor of Literacy Education
1-800-44-DRAKE, X3992