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Ed.D.: Doctor of Education in Leadership

Apply Now‌Courses in the EdD general program emphasize the practical study of leadership, theory, ethics, technology, program evaluation, and research methodologies. Drake’s program is adaptable to a number of leadership-level careers. Developed for working professionals, courses are held in weekend formats, so you can continue to work full time. The cohort program can be completed in as little as three years (two years of coursework listed below, with one year or more to complete a dissertation or capstone project).

Unique to the EdD degree is the option of pursuing and completing a capstone project in place of a dissertation. The capstone project provides an opportunity for the EdD candidate to design and complete a significant summative project that focuses on addressing a problem of practice within the student’s professional community.

This program is a minimum of 42 credit hours with no transfer credits accepted.

Course Schedule

Year One

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 301 3 Seminar
Fall DOC 306 3 Qualitative Research Methods
Spring DOC 396 3 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Spring DOC 305 3 Quantitative Research Methods
Summer DOC 395 3 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Summer DOC 302 3 Ethics, Diversity, & Leadership

Year Two

 

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 360 3 Learning, Leading, & Technology
Fall DOC 350 3 Philosophy & Epistemology in Education
Spring DOC 345 3 Theory, Research, & Leadership
Spring DOC 370 3 Evaluation & Assessment
Comprehensive Exams
Summer

DOC 390

OR

DOC 381

3

Dissertation Seminar 

OR

Capstone Seminar

Summer

DOC 399

OR

DOC 388

3

Dissertation Credits

OR

Capstone Credits

Year Three

Semester Course Credits Description
Fall

DOC 399

OR

DOC 388

6

Dissertation Credits

OR 

Capstone Credits                              

Spring

DOC 399

OR

DOC 388

1

Dissertation Credits*

OR

Capstone Credits*

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 or DOC 388 each semester until
dissertation or capstone is complete.  

 

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