Doctor of Education

DescriptionDegree OptionsAdmissions Requirements
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 Model

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)

EdD Course Offerings 2018-2020
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when the doctoral core classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.