Doctoral Degrees

Skip Sub Menu

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. Drake’s Doctor of Education in Leadership program is developed for working professionals to advance their careers with courses held on the weekends to continue working 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. Please review our Transfer Credit Policy and contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admission to request a review of transfer credits. 

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 Policy and Cultural Diversity

Year Two

 

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 345 3 Theory, Research, & Leadership
Fall DOC 370 3 Evaluation & Assessment
Spring DOC 386 3 Transformational Systems Leadership
Spring DOC 375 3 Concepts and Application in Learning Analytics
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.  

 

SOE News