In addition to course work that emphasizes the study of leadership, theory, ethics, technology and organizations, program evaluation and research methodologies, the Ph.D. program provides opportunities for development as a research scholar with a research intensive apprenticeship experience. In the final year of the program, Ph.D. students work closely with their faculty mentors in an apprenticeship. While focused on enhancing and expanding the Ph.D. student’s research skills and knowledge, faculty mentors work with their mentees to identify and design apprenticeship activities based on the Ph.D. 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. Students must graduate with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
|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|
|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|
|Summer||DOC 390||3||Dissertation Seminar|
|Summer||DOC 399||3||Dissertation Credits|
|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
All courses in each of the doctoral programs are taken as a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall.
In order to complete the application process, submit the following:
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
In addition to the above items, those applying to the Ph.D. program will need to submit a 1-2 page essay explaining their research interests and reasons for pursuing a research intensive degree.