Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership

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With program roots that are more than 25 years old, today’s Southern New Hampshire University Field-based Programs continue to bring innovative, high quality education directly to local and regional graduate sites.  From the latest evolution of the original Maters of Education (M.Ed.) program to the unique Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, these programs are built specifically for education practitioners and almost always take place in school settings.  We are continually bringing together new cohorts of educators multiple times per year.  Most of our current doctoral cohorts are in different locations in Vermont and New Hampshire, but thanks to the innovative nature of SNHU, you can never be sure where we might start a new cohort of scholar-practitioners next. 

Additional cohorts are always being considered. If you are interested in hosting an information meeting in your area in the hopes of beginning a cohort near you, please let us know.  As a regional cohort program, we fully consider applications to our field-based program in areas where we are working with educators to begin. Application deadlines are dependent on the cohort. You may inquire about application deadlines by emailing Once a cohort begins, the program is designed to take eight terms, or roughly three years, to complete.  




For more information and to be notified about future doctoral cohorts beginning in your region, click here

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The Doctorate of Education degree is designed to develop Scholar-Practitioners by advancing participants' knowledge of leadership theory and practice, their understanding of approaches to organizational development, and their ability to effectively implement research methodologies and disseminate associated findings. SNHU's Ed.D. program is offered as a regional cohort model, with hybrid courses occurring in a condensed weekend format during the Spring and Fall academic terms and a week-long residency each summer. Ideal candidates for the program 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 our staff by using this form.

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)


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

New Cohort Organizational Meetings

New cohort organizational meetings provide an opportunity for people interested in being a part of a new cohort to ask questions and imagine their new regional Ed.D. cohort.

Organizational Meetings occur in advance of application deadlines.  If you are interested in attending or hosting an Organizational Meeting, you can reach out to the Program Contact for further information. Applications for the next regional site will be due no later than May 15, 2019.

Program Locations

Doctoral cohorts are intended for a specific regional location. Each regional cohort member has an opportunity to have a voice in the exact location of a new cohort. 

SNHU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which means that your degree carries with it international recognition.

All classes take place in regional locations, usually central to most members of a cohort.  All classes are taught by recognized experts in the area of study and employed by Southern New Hampshire University.

The Ed.D. program is a 48 graduate credit program leading to a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Coursework includes: One Profile Seminar Course (1 Credit), Four courses in Leadership (12 Credits), four courses in Organization Development (12 Credits), four courses in Research (12 Credit), and a Dissertation in Practice (11 Credits.)

Our Field-based Graduate Education programs have been supporting professional adult learners for over twenty years and fully understand how to best accommodate students as they balance a professional life, academic life, personal life, and family life. This experience and focus is reflected in program elements such as course scheduling, the action-focus of the program that allows professionals to make progress on the initiatives associated with their work organization simultaneously while achieving their advanced degree, and practitioner-focused course content. These all help make the program doable.

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 semesters and a week-long residency each summer.

A master schedule of classes is developed after input from the site participants at the Introductory Seminar (the first 1 credit course). Each required class is then offered once at a site for the whole group to take together – this is called a cohort model of graduate study.

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

A full refund is made if you drop the course before the completion of the second night of class. After the second night of class there is no refund.

Yes, financial aid is available at our off-campus field-based sites if a student is taking three (3) credits or more per semester. A graduate student must be accepted to our program to be eligible for financial aid. 

Credits earned below the doctoral level cannot be considered to replace a course in the doctoral program. Previous doctoral coursework, completed within the past five years, will be reviewed for transferability upon request. 

During most academic terms, students in this doctoral program will take two 3-credit courses. An additional one-credit Scholar-Practitioner course is also included during most terms during the first two years of the program.

When there is interest in beginning a cohort in a regional location, SNHU works with qualified, interested professionals and explores building a cohort from within the regional area. The actual location of study within the region is chosen by the cohort of admitted applicants based on what works best for cohort participants. 

Ed.D students from all of our regional cohorts attend the week-long Summer Residency, which provides an opportunity for new students to get to know more experienced students in the program. 

The Ed.D. program is designed to take approximately 3 years. If something happens and you cannot follow the course schedule for your cohort, we will do our best to find at least one alternative plan for you if possible, which could mean joining a different cohort. You have eight years to complete your program from the time you begin the first course.

When a new cohort is being planned for a specific region, applications are actively reviewed. It is suggested that you make sure to go to and complete a program inquiry form so that we can keep you updated about Informational Meetings in your area and the emergence of new cohorts.

The Ed.D. program consists of closed cohorts and is designed for matriculating students who have successfully completed the application process.

New sites may be created in a specific region if there are enough interested students in an area to begin our Field-based Ed.D. Program. Ed.D sites are not designed to accept new members once coursework is underway.

If any circumstance occurs that will potentially disrupt your doctoral studies, it is suggested that you contact our office as soon as possible so the program can support you in the best way(s) possible.

SNHU's Field-based Graduate Programs in Education focus on building cohorts of graduate students in geographic regions. Individual applications are currently being accepted for regions in Vermont, New Hampshire, and California. As additional inquiries are received, we will connect with individuals and discuss the possibility of doctoral cohort sites beginning in their region.

Attending a Cohort Organizational Meeting in your area is a great first step towards joining one of our cohorts!  These meetings for the Ed.D program take place beginning in the months ahead of application deadlines. 

Application Requirements

The following required components of your application should be submitted by you:

  • Completed Application Form (Available here)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • A written essay about your current leadership context and how you are hoping our Ed.D. program will help advance you and/or your organization (More details here)

The following components of your application will need to be mailed separately to our Vermont Campus office located at 463 Mountain View Drive in Colchester, VT 05446.

If you are applying for a region in NH you may bring or mail these materials to our NH Campus office located in the Gustafson Center, Room 214 at 2500 North River Road in Manchester, NH 03106.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Recommendation Form is available here)
  • Official academic transcripts demonstrating evidence of undergraduate and graduate degree attainment
  • $40 non-refundable application fee

An individual interview and a group interview are also required as part of the application process. Individual interviews are scheduled for applicants after a successful review of the above application materials.

Program Contact:
Kelsea Moulton, Program Coordinator