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Ed.D.: Doctor of Education in Education Administration with Superintendent Licensure

Apply Now‌The 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 One

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 Two

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 Three

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.  

SOE News
February 21, 2018
Wayne Ford, a pioneering Iowa elected official and nonprofit leader who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of Iowa’s diverse population, will donate his historical papers and materials to Drake University.