Transform yourself. Transform your world.
Make a difference.
If you want to make a difference in your organization and the lives of the students you support, one of NEC’s Doctor of Education programs is for you. Through your NEC doctoral journey, you will transform yourself into a more confident and capable writer, researcher, and scholar while developing the skills and knowledge to address current educational issues but also to solve problems that have yet to exist. You will be a different person as you cross the commencement stage than you started the program three years earlier.
“My experience was transformative in that I grew as a professional and person. The
program allowed me to question the answers, achieve academic success, and position
myself as a leader—who belongs at any higher ed. table.”
—Jill Bassett, Class of 2019
“The coursework and academic experience also led me to a different educational passion,
away from a sole focus in student affairs and towards a multidisciplinary focus on student success,
access, completion, and overall educational equity.”
—Catherine Welch, Class of 2019
“I learned how much I love doing research and look forward to completing future
projects sparked by my dissertation.”
—Jim Whitaker, Class of 2021
Immediately apply what you learn.
Students are able to immediately apply what they are learning in their classes to their professional lives.
“I am grateful for my experience in the EdD program. Just about every reading, discussion,
and assignment directly connected to the work I was doing in my school. The projects I
did for courses were things that I needed to tackle for my job. I appreciated the praxis.”
—Jacqueline Coe, Class of 2014
Learn from supportive faculty.
The doctoral programs are guided by supportive, compassionate scholar-practitioner faculty who are leaders in their field and understand that students are adult learners juggling multiple work, home, and life responsibilities.
“The professors were experts in their own field and demonstrated a passion and
dedication on the subjects they taught. The guidance I received motivated me to do my
best in every course.”
—Marie Ortaliz, Class of 2014
“I was looking for a program that would be manageable in balancing with my
professional and personal commitments. I quickly learned that whenever I felt anxious
about the next class or step in the dissertation process, there was a well-established
process and to trust the program. When I had a family issue and got a few weeks behind,
I felt completely supported by the faculty and they helped me stay on track. Throughout
the process, faculty and committee chairs were available to help when I had questions
during a course or the research and writing process.”
—Kristie Baldwin, Class of 2021
“I knew from the beginning that my advisor was invested in my success and gently
pushed me to go beyond the expectations I set for myself.”
—Jennifer Wegner, Class of 2017
“The biggest strength of the NEC EdD program is the faculty. Having faculty members
who are not only invested in your research but invested in your life and growth as a
person is irreplaceable. Every step of the way, you can turn to your faculty members to
help you research, network, and study.”
—Malia Minnick, Class of 2021
Start your dissertation sooner.
The program is designed to allow students to begin working on their dissertation in the very first course, and subsequent courses include assignments that help students further explore their dissertation topic, build a literature base for the topic, and allow them to practice applying different research methodologies to their research question before committing to one approach.
“The program structure is scaffolded and allows students to begin working on their
dissertation and research from the very beginning of the program. This is so helpful in
making the process digestible to students, and for me it helped me to not be
overwhelmed—but instead to look back and be proud of all I have already done, which
gave me confidence for the next steps.”
—Josh Hartman, Class of 2022
Form relationships in the cohort model.
One of the consistently mentioned strengths of the programs is the cohort model. Each student brings a unique set of experiences, knowledge, and expertise that contributes to the learning environment. As students progress through each course together, they build mutually supportive bonds that are vital when academic, personal, or professional challenges arise.
Overall, it was one of the best experiences and memories of my life. To be in a cohort
with like-minded colleagues who were from a variety of professions was extremely
enriching and nurturing and was so helpful to me at that time of my life. The campus
was intimate, and the program was very student-centered. I felt like coming to class on
the monthly weekends during the first year was an escape from my regular life and quite doable.
When I had my medical setback, my faculty and cohort were extremely supportive
and committed to my success.
—Molly Spring, Class of 2015
“I made friends for life. I could not have finished without the support of my cohort
—Anne Ouewekerk, Class of 2017
Earn your doctorate while living your life.
NEC’s doctoral programs are demanding and rigorous but “do-able,” even when juggling multiple responsibilities. This is possible because of the scaffolded curriculum, caring faculty, and encouraging cohort.
“I earned my EdD while working full-time as a teacher, then as a CTE Director. I also
became pregnant and gave birth while enrolled. In addition to earning my EdD, I also
became a certified principal/vice principal. While a student, I published my research and thoughts
and received tremendous support and encouragement from the staff, students,
and program director.”
—Amanda Bastoni, Class of 2019
“I was 58 when I graduated, and many of my friends and colleagues thought I was crazy
to pursue my doctorate at that age. NEC made it enjoyable, worthwhile, and doable.”
—Austin Garofalo, Class of 2016
NEC’s Doctor of Education offers three tracks:
The Pre-K–12 Leadership and Higher Education tracks are hybrid beginning in July of each year with monthly on-campus residencies. The Educational Leadership track is 100% online and begins in January of each year.