New England College

New England College


Doctorate of Education

  • Ed D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership


Dr. Gavin Henning
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242

Program Statement

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program prepares educators to take leadership roles in improving educational systems and advancing student learning and success. The 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 program will also engage students, faculty, and other members of the education community through 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.

There are two program tracks. The hybrid, low-residency program includes two weekend residencies per 7-week term and one 1-week on-campus residency in the summer and focuses on administrative leadership. The online program delivers all courses online with periodic synchronous virtual meetings as determined by each class and one week-long virtual residency in the summer. The online program is an educational leadership program and the issue of equity is threaded through all courses. 

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 an advocate for members of the learning community, and lead organizational change and reform
  • Demonstrate information and research literacy incorporating a broad range of educational 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 and have a weekend day orientation in June. 

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.

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
4 years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • Online
  • Hybrid
Comprehensive Exam Required: