Doctor of Education
Our 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.
Plymouth State University is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) and formed the first EdD cohort in 2009. PSU is also a member of the nationally recognized Carnegie Program on Education (CPED), and has developed our program along the same principles found in this introduction to the program, and in this video developed by CPED students.
This is a practitioner based program meant for individuals who are looking to transform their organization, and themselves through personal development and action based research. This program will enable you to develop partnerships and connections for internal and external stakeholders so your dissertation can impact change on multiple levels.
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. EdD candidates will have four years total to complete the coursework and dissertation.
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. EdD candidates will have four years total to complete the coursework and dissertation.
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 their choosen field along with demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, professional leadership.
Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All materials must be submitted by the stated deadlines below. As part of the application review, students will be advised to follow one of the three pathways to complete the program based on the number of post-master’s credits earned at the time of admission. The program coordinator will work closely with students and invite those who are ready to move into the doctoral phase to interview for next available summer cohort.
- Summer 2021 – Apply by April 15th
- Fall 2021 – Apply by August 1
- Spring 2022 – Apply by December 1
Admissions requirements for the Doctor of Education programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application
Acceptance to the Summer Cohort – Doctoral Core & Dissertation
Register Now for Spring 2021 classes
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 “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. 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 email@example.com 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.
“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.
We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!
INQUIRE – Complete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.
VISIT – We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH
CHAT – We would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.
Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.
Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are continuing your education or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.
Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.
- Dr. Marcel Lebrun, 603-535-2288 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information
Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.
Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.
EdD Course Offerings 2020-21
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when the doctoral core classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.