Doctor of Education

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Plymouth State’s Doctor of Education (EdD) programs create an environment for students to engage in collaborative inquiry, focused scholarship, and applied research.

The EdD programs are oriented to the improvement of professional practice by extending the knowledge, expertise, and skill of candidates through the application of research to leadership issues. Experienced practitioners and professionals, including teachers, administrators, counselors, and individuals in higher education, related community agencies, and organizations, will be prepared to become system leaders and agents of change in their communities and will be ready to advance in their professional careers.

It is expected that students typically will complete the coursework and dissertation within a four- to six-year period; a total of eight years is allowed with approval.

Learning Outcomes
The Cohort Models

Plymouth State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and formed the first EdD cohort in 2009. For more information, visit the Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum Department website.

Learning, Leadership and Community

The EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community is designed for experienced practitioners and professionals, including teachers, administrators, counselors and individuals working in education, community agencies and other organizations.

Program Requirements

Higher Education

The EdD in Higher Education is designed to provide doctoral students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers in a variety of higher education environments. Doctoral students who currently work in higher education, and those who aspire to, will be able to explore the field of higher education through core and specialization courses, and participate in a practicum experience designed to give them direct experience in their areas of interest.

The program offers concentrations in:

Administrative Leadership
Curriculum and Instruction

Completed applications and all supporting documentation must be received by March 1 to be considered by the Doctoral Admissions Committee.

Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and open to individuals who possess a master’s degree and at least five years of successful experience in education and who have demonstrated evidence of or potential for professional leadership. Preference will be given to those with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) or its equivalent.

Admissions requirements for the Doctor of Education programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

Minimum GPA of 3.0 or better
Official transcripts from all college level coursework
Three professional recommendations
Current resume
Professional writing sample
Statement of interest
NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
$100 application fee
Additional program specific requirements
Summer Cohorts (even numbered years)
Year-round Cohorts (odd numbered years)

Summer 2018 Registration – Opens April 16
Fall 2018 Registration – Opens April 16

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

EdD Course Offerings 2018-2021
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when the doctoral core classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.