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Online Doctorate of Education

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New England College’s Doctorate of Education (EdD) program is designed in the cohort model to help you become the expert in your area of interest, in a collaborative, supportive, team environment with other working professionals. The 100% online Educational Leadership track is designed for leaders in primary, secondary, and higher education who want to create equitable educational organizations.

When you join our community, you will be part of a program that prepares educators to take leadership roles in improving educational systems and advancing student learning and success. You will get to start working on your dissertation in the first course of this three-year program, so that your research can be applied immediately in your work environment.

Through our three-year, online, cohort-based structure, you will engage with students, faculty, and other members of the education community in collaborative inquiry into issues that span our education systems. This unique combination of deep understanding, expanded vision, and diverse professional networks, positions you for innovative, entrepreneurial leadership in a complex and changing world, offering you the opportunity to become an expert in an area about which you are passionate.


  • 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 an advocate 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

60 Credits | 3 Years | 7-Week Terms

We’ve designed our program this way so that you, as a student, will be part of a community of learner-scholars that you will support and be supported by throughout your doctorate journey.

For incoming students, coursework begins in January. You can review our course map below for specific courses each term. The program has 7-week terms with a week-long virtual residency in August. Students and instructors may also choose to meet online during individual courses.

You will demonstrate 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.

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 week-long and incorporates orientation activities, comprehensive project presentations, dissertation workshops and presentations, and other educational programs.

For more information about our course requirements for each Doctorate of Education concentration, please refer to our online academic catalog:


See the cost of attendance here. For more information about financial assistance or billing, please contact Student Financial Services at or 603.428.2226.

Application Requirement
  1. Application Deadline: December 11
  2. Application form completed and signed
  3. 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
  4. Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions other than NEC
  5. Two letters of recommendation which attest to your professional ability as well as your qualifications for the Doctorate of Education
  6. Please submit a 1,600 word personal statement which outlines your professional goals, any background and experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a doctorate.


All students enrolled in our Doctorate of Education program will receive an NEC ID and accounts for an email address and to the Blackboard Learning Management system. With the NEC ID, you will be able to access these accounts and have access to the library databases while on campus and from home. You 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 documented disabilities, please contact the Disability Services Office at 603.428.2302 to discuss your needs as soon as possible.

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