Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) Program

Since 2001, SNHU's Field-based Programs in Education (based in Colchester, Vermont) have offered M.Ed. and Graduate Certificate Programs across the state of Vermont. During the 2017-2018 school year, SNHU's School of Education - Vermont Campus welcomed the first Vermont-based regional doctoral cohort for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program. The Doctorate of Education degree has been a popular addition to our graduate degree programming. The 2017 Ed.D. Cohort meets in Vergennes, VT - we anticipate adding a second cohort during the Summer of 2018 in Southern Vermont and are considering a Fall 2018 cohort location in the St. Johnsbury Area and/or the Fairfax area. More details on anticipated Fall 2018 cohort locations to come! If you are interested in hosting an informational meeting in your area, please let us know. We generally begin Ed.D Graduate Cohorts in August or December - the program is designed to take three years to complete.

Program Overview

The Ed.D. degree is designed develop participants as Scholar-Practitioners, specifically advancing participants' knowledge of leadership theory and practice, understanding of approaches to organizational development, and ability to effectively implement research methodologies and disseminate associated findings. SNHU's Ed.D. program will be offered within a regional cohort model, with hybrid courses occurring in a condensed weekend format during the Spring and Fall and during a week long residency each summer. Ideal candidates are in a position to influence the ideas and actions of others through positional or non-positional leadership opportunities. School leaders, community leaders, leaders within non-profit and government organizations, and local entrepreneurs are welcome to apply for program admission. If you are interested in learning more about this program, it is recommended that you share your information with the Vermont Campus office by using this form.

You can find some FAQs with answers here.

Program Curriculum

This is a 48 graduate credit program leading to a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Coursework includes:
Introductory Seminar (1 Credit)
EDGR900 - Doctoral Profile Seminar (1)

Leadership (12 Credits)
EDGR912 - Innovative Leadership (3)
EDGR914 - Leading a Culture of Abundance (3)
EDGR916 - Social Entrepreneurial Leadership (3)
EDGR918 - Sociocultural Perspectives (3)

Organization Development (12 Credits)
EDGR922 - Organizational Analysis (3)
EDGR924 - Organization Innovation (3)
EDGR926 - Organizations and Positive Social Change (3)
EDGR928 - Thriving Organizational Culture (3)

Research (12 Credits)
EDGR932 - Applied Research (3)
EDGR934 - Research Analysis (3)
EDGR936 - Research Design (3)
EDGR938 - Advanced Research Methodologies (3)

Scholar-Practitioner (5 Credits)
EDGR941 - Scholar-Practitioner I (1)
EDGR942 - Scholar-Practitioner II (1)
EDGR943 - Scholar-Practitioner III (1)
EDGR944 - Scholar-Practitioner IV (1)
EDGR945 - Scholar-Practitioner V (1)

Dissertation in Practice (6 Credits)
EDGR946 - Dissertation in Practice I (3)
EDGR947 - Dissertation in Practice II (3)

To view the "Courses-At-A-Glance" document with brief course descriptions, go here.


Current tuition for this Ed.D. program is $627 per credit.

Program Applications

On this site, you can also learn what the application process and requirements for this program will be. Informational meetings to discuss additional 2018 graduate sites for the Ed.D program will begin in August of 2018. Applications for the next regional site will be due no later than November 1, 2018.

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