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Doctorate of Education

Doctorate of Education

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    • Pre K-12 Leadership
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Dr. Gavin Henning Overviews the EdD Program

The Ed.D. program prepares educators to take leadership roles in improving educational systems and advancing student learning and success. The low residency, three- year cohort-based structure of the program is ideal for working professionals, and the focus on applied research allows participants to have an immediate impact on the quality of education in their work environments. The Pre K-12 Leadership and Higher Education Administration concentrations allow participants to develop expertise in specific settings and issues. The program will also engage students, faculty, and other members of the education community in integrated inquiry into issues that span our educa­tional systems. This unique combination of deep understanding, expanded vision, and diverse profes­sional networks positions participants for innovative, entrepreneurial leadership in a complex and changing world.

Program Outcomes

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of professional practice and a vision for educational organizations which is responsive to societal challenges of complexity, diversity, and social justice
  • Identify and address critical and contemporary issues in educational policy and practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of administrative, leadership, and management practices and structures found in diverse institutions of education
  • Assess teaching and learning and create strategies to improve professional practice and student learning
  • Use data to inform evidence-based decision-making regarding educational issues, enhance professional practice, and promote organizational change and reform
  • Demonstrate skills to work effectively with others, be advocates for members of the learning community, and lead organizational change and reform
  • Demonstrate information and research literacy incorporating of a broad range of education resources and scholarship
  • Design and conduct independent and collaborative research
  • Demonstrate effective and inclusive written and oral communication skills

There are 7-week terms that will meet approximately once a month (except May-July) at the Henniker, NH campus with a week long residency the first full-week of August. For incoming students coursework begins in July. Please review the course map for specific courses each term.

Students will meet during two weekends in each seven week course, usually the second and sixth weeks of each course. Each summer the cohort will meet to engage in course work and dissertation development. Participants will display proficiency in meeting the program outcomes through the development of a capstone project, the completion of the dissertation and the creation of an action plan for future growth.

Faculty Bios Course Map Course Descriptions

2016-2017 Calendar

Course Requirements

Please go to our online academic catalog to see the course requirements for each Doctorate of Education concentration:


Course Structure

The Doctorate of Education is a 60-credit, 3-year sequence of coursework. Each July, a new cohort of students begins the program, taking a common sequence of courses and building a diverse network of colleagues who support one another academically, personally and professionally.

Program Course Map

There are 7-week terms that will meet once a month each year at the Henniker, NH, campus and a summer residency:

Summer II – August orientation

Fall I Term – September and October on-campus meetings

Fall II Term – November and December on-campus meetings

Spring I Term – January and February on-campus meetings

Spring II Term – March and April on-campus meetings

Summer I Term – No on-campus meetings

These intensive weekend meetings will be held on Friday from 4pm-8pm and -Saturday 8am-5pm (students will not be required to spend the night). These meetings will involve coursework, advising, group meeting times, speakers, and other activities. Friday dinner along with Saturday breakfast and lunch are included.

Students, faculty and visiting practitioner-scholars collaborate throughout the term using the Blackboard Learning Management system, web-conferencing software, and other technologies. The August residency is a week long and incorporates orientation activities, comprehensive project presentations, dissertation workshops and presentations, and other educational programs.

Access to Campus Resources

All students enrolled in the Doctorate of Education will receive an NEC ID and accounts for an email address and to the Blackboard Learning Management system. With the NEC ID, students will be able to access these accounts and have access to the library databases while on campus and from home. Students will also have access to consortium libraries throughout the region. Library, IT staff and Student Support Services are accessible by phone or email throughout the course of the year.

If you require accommodations for documents disabilities, please contact Anna Carlson, Director of Disability Services at or 603.428.2302 to discuss your needs as soon as possible.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition rate for 2016-2017 is $685/credit (students will take 20-credits each year).

Additionally, there is a program fee for each on-campus meeting and the summer residencies:

  • The cost for on-campus meetings per term is $225.
  • The cost for each summer residency is $225. The total cost of residency fees for each academic year is $2,025.

The fees will cover all meals during the on-campus meetings, in-class course materials and access to course and library materials throughout the year. Fees do not include: textbooks, transportation, or housing during on-campus meetings.

Students will be billed at the beginning of each 7-week term. For more information about financial assistance or billing, please contact Student Financial Services at or 603.428.2226.

Application Requirements

1. Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

2. Application form completed and signed

3. Application fee of $35 in check, or money order, made payable to New England College.

4. Please provide a current resume that includes but is not limited to the areas listed below:

  • Education: Major(s), schools attended, degrees obtained, and dates of attendance
  • Professional positions held
  • Presentations made to organizations, groups, and professional associations
  • Honors/awards received
  • Memberships in professional and other organizations
  • Community Service: Name(s) of organizations, description of activities, and positions held

5. Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions other than NEC

6. Two letters of recommendation which attest to your professional ability as well as your qualifications for the Doctorate of Education

7. Please submit a 1000-1500 word personal statement which outlines your professional goals, any background and experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a doctorate.


New England College
School of Graduate and Professional Studies
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242

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