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Doctor of Education in Education Administration with Superintendent Licensure

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Program Overview

The 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 1

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 2

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 3

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.  


All courses in each of the doctoral programs are taken as a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall. 

Application Process All Doctoral Programs

In order to complete the application process, submit the following:

  • OnlineGraduate Education Application and Electronic Supporting Documents
    • Application 
    • Electronic copy of professional resume/curriculum vitae
    • Electronic copy of a personal statement requesting admission, including reasons for pursuing the doctoral degree, an overview of professional background and goals and a discussion of professional philosophy. Suggested word limit is approximately 500 words.
    • Electronic copy of evidence of significant scholarly accomplishment, either a completed master’s thesis or other written product that demonstrates ability to write clearly and coherently and to develop a thesis or idea with supporting literature citations.
    • Reference Contacts (additional information provided within online application) 
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
    • Evidence of 36-graduate credits to include a completed master's degree from an accredited institution and official transcripts for all post-secondary education. It is recommended that applicants have a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts and other supporting materials are not returned to the applicant and become the property of Drake University.
  • Official report of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores or the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT). The Drake Writing Competency Exam is not an acceptable testing option for this program.

Online application materials will automatically be forwarded to the School of Education. Please mail transcripts and test scores to:

Coordinator of Graduate Admission
Drake University School of Education
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

Additional Application Materials for Ed.D. with Superintendent Licensure

In addition to the above items, those applying to the EdD with Superintendent licensure will need to submit two professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate’s potential for effective district-level leadership. Note: These letters are in addition to the three reference contacts listed above. Reference contacts can also write these letters as long as they meet the requirements listed.

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