Doctor of Education

Plymouth State’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program offers two options:

  • Higher Education – designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers in a variety of higher education environments.
  • Learning, Leadership, and Community – designed for experienced practitioners and professionals, including teachers, administrators, counselors and individuals working in education, community agencies and other organizations.
Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes

The EdD degree provides experiences in and assessment of learning outcomes related to the Graduate Program Hallmarks and is designed to:

  • Enhance the leadership capacity of professionals through the expansion of knowledge and the refinement of skills;
  • Foster inquiry and reflective practice through course content, learning, leadership, pedagogy, social theory and research;
  • Develop participants’ knowledge and expertise through research addressing current and best practices;
  • Encourage creative scholarship, reflection, and inquiry;
  • Examine global and local issues of diversity and their impact in organizations as well as the larger society;
  • Prepare participants to be system leaders and agents of change in their communities
  • Support and advance the application of knowledge and research that contributes to innovation and transformation in a variety of local, regional, national and international settings.
The Cohort Model

Students in the PSU doctoral program participate in their core courses as part of a cohort. The cohort is an integral component of the PSU doctoral program.

Two cohort models exist, and they begin in alternating summers. Doctoral students in the year-round model take their core courses on campus throughout the year, starting with their first summer, and they transfer in up to 27 credits of CAGS or equivalent post-master’s work so their specialization courses are complete before enrolling. The year-round cohorts begin in odd numbered years (2015, 2017, etc). Doctoral students in the summer model take their core courses on campus over four summers and have time to take their specialization courses during the fall, winter and spring terms between the summers. Individuals who live at a considerable distance from campus, particularly those from outside New England, including international students, and those applicants who do not yet have a CAGS or equivalent post-masters work, will find the summers model designed for them. Summer cohorts begin in even numbered years (2016, 2018, etc).

The core courses, specialization coursework, and externship are sequenced across the terms of enrollment. Doctoral candidates in a year-round cohort take one or two courses during each term on campus, in sequence, starting in one summer and ending the following summer. Doctoral candidates in a summer cohort take two core courses each summer on campus, and conduct research, participate in practica or externships, or enroll in their specialization or elective courses (hybrid or online) during the academic year (falls, winters, springs). Core courses are offered in an intensive or hybrid format, with pre-and post-course assignments required. It is expected that students will complete the 60-credit degree within three to six years, depending on their cohort model. The total time taken to complete the degree may not exceed eight years.

Admission to the doctoral program is competitive. The EdD degree is 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. Learn more about the EdD admissions requirements.

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