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.

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.

Two Pathways to Enter

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 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.

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. EdD candidates will have four years total to complete the coursework and dissertation.

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. EdD candidates will have four years total to complete the coursework and dissertation.

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.

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
 Highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the EdD interview process.
EdD Interview Process and Requirements
Summer and Fall Registration Begins April 8

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.

  • 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

“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.

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Graduate Assistant positions

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

EMAIL – Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

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.

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 2019-2021
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when the doctoral core classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.