It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum (ELLC).  Plymouth State University offers dynamic, innovative and cutting-edge programs that meet the needs of the adult learner and the professional seeking additional certification, advanced degrees or personal/professional development.

Teaching, research and service are at the forefront of the faculty’s endeavors and accomplishments.  The level of expertise and talent in the Department’s full-time and adjunct faculty is renowned throughout New Hampshire, as well as nationally and internationally.

The Department’s goal is to enhance the skills of its graduate students to enable them to become outstanding leaders, advocates and change agents in their communities and work environments; innovative and creative researchers to advance their chosen fields; and the best teachers in classrooms throughout the state and region.

Please explore the programs, certifications and accomplishments of all the individuals that make the ELLC Department an outstanding and excellent place for all our students.

Dr. Marcel Lebrun, Chair

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum is to prepare individuals to be transformative leaders in a variety of settings.

What Our Students Are Saying

“I’ve taken all your advice seriously and intend to participate in active research throughout my career. It’s a bit difficult to change careers mid-life, but your encouraging words have engraved a stamp of approval on my endeavors that I will always cherish.”
—MEd student

News and Events

2014 ELLC Doctoral Externship


On Saturday September 20th, 2014, 16 Plymouth State doctorate students completed their doctoral externship at the Welcome Center and Ice Arena at Plymouth State University. Each candidate got the chance to speak on behalf of their respective topic and was recognized for their accomplishments followed by the presentations. This is an annual event hosted by Dr. Marcel Lebrun, chair of the Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum department. Thank you to all who came and congratulations to all the doctoral candidates! Next year’s event will take place on Saturday September 19th, 2015. More photos from the externship here.


Reading & Writing Awards

President Sara Jane Steen presented The Dennise Maslakowski Education Award to Judith Lavoie and Pearl Sandy at the 21st annual EDies Award ceremony on June 7th, 2014.  Pearl Sandy and Judith Lavoie, who worked closely with Dennise Maslakowski to lay the foundation for, and continue the development of, the Plymouth State University Graduate Reading and Writing Programs, were honored for their lifetime achievement in the field of literacy.
Donna Ciocca, Teaching Lecturer in the Reading and Writing Program was awarded the ‘Reading Teacher of the Year’ award by the Granite State Reading Council at the 21st annual EDies Award ceremony on June 7th, 2014.  As stated in the program:  “This award is given to a person that exemplifies a master teacher of reading, someone that encourages reading in a variety of ways, using current research to drive instruction, supporting and teaching students, colleagues and new educational professionals to help build a literacy -rich community of learners.”

Ann Berry – Faculty Fellow

Congratulations!!  to Dr. Ann Berry, Assistant Professor who has been honored as a Faculty Fellow for her research in special education teacher retention in rural areas by the Center For Rural Partnerships.  Please follow the link for more information. Ann Berry

Contact Us

Department of Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

Highland Hall
Mon-Thu, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: (603) 535-2121
(Peggy Davidoff, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: (603) 535-2572

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC 23
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595