Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership FAQ

Who can apply?

Candidates for the Ed.D. program should hold a Master's degree. Experienced candidates from various fields in education are encouraged to apply. SNHU is committed to enrolling talented individuals who reflect the full spectrum of society, with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, and other personal characteristics. Most importantly, all candidates must show evidence of having the moral, emotional, and ethical dispositions necessary to become effective 21st century leaders.

What are the admission requirements?

The application process will include the following:

  • The completed application form found here;
  • February 15 deadline
  • A 3-5 page written statement of purpose;
  • An interview;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume;
  • Official academic transcripts demonstrating evidence of undergraduate and graduate degree attainment.

Are GRE scores required?

No. GRE scores are not a part of the application process.

What is the program plan?

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a 48-credit, three-year program. There are three eight-day Summer Residency components held on the SNHU campus the last week in July or the first week in August. There are three terms during each year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Candidates will take two courses per term during the first two years. During the third year, the candidates will work on their dissertation.

Can I transfer credits from other doctoral programs?

No. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a cohort program that requires each candidate to complete all learning experiences in the three year program.

Can I transfer credits from CAGS?

No. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a cohort program that requires each candidate to complete all learning experiences in the three year program. Courses and experiences through CAGS will play a role in developing a personalized learning plan for the Ed.D. but will not reduce the number of credits taken in this program.

What is the format of the program?

The Ed.D. Program at SNHU is a "low-residency" program. 

  • There are three eight-day summer residencies at the beginning of each year of the program. These summer residencies will be held on the SNHU campus, 2500 North River Rd., Manchester, NH.
  • There are hybrid courses which will include online asynchronous coursework and face-to-face sessions on campus. The face-to-face sessions will be held on one Saturday per month from 8:00 - 4:00. Those students outside reasonable driving distance may participate in a synchronous online session with the on-site group. 
  • There are some courses wholly online.

What does ''low residency'' mean in this program?

Low residency means that on site face to face meeting times are kept to a minimum. Candidates will participate in eight days of summer residency for three summers and once-a-month class meetings held on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring).

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is designed as a three-year experience. Focused time and support is dedicated to the dissertation process during the second and third years of the program, however, progress toward completing the dissertation depends on the individual.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition and fees have been set for the cohort and will remain in effect for that cohort for the three years of the program.

Yearly tuition: $16,000

Summer Residency Fees Year 1: $1,945; Year 2: $945; Year 3: $945

Who are the faculty in the program?

  • Dick Ayers, Ed.D
    Acting Executive Director, SERESC
  • Denise Benner, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Dean Cascadden, Ed.D.
    Superintendent, Bow, NH
  • Nancy N. Charron, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Christina A. Clamp, Ph.D.
    Professor, School of Business
  • Debra L. Dunn, Ed.D.
    Superintendent, York, ME
  • Marilyn Fenton, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Margaret I. Ford, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, School of Education
    Program Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Audrey P. Green Rogers, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Margaret C. Harris, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Gibbs Kanyongo, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Duquesne University
  • Charles P. Littlefield, Ed.D.
    Superintendent, SAU 15
  • Mark K. McQuillan, Ed.D.
    Dean, School of Education
    Former Connecticut Commissioner of Education
  • Megan Paddack, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Science
  • Lorraine Patusky, A.B.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Cara B. Procek, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Irv Richardson
    Coordinator for Public Education and School Support, NEA - New Hampshire
  • Lyonel B. Tracy, Ed.D.
    Former New Hampshire Commissioner of Education
  • Deborah Winnings, Ed.D.
    Principal, Bow Elementary School

Contact Us

Dr. Margaret Ford
Southern New Hampshire University
School of Education
2500 River Rd.
Manchester, NH 03106-1045

T: 603-668-2211 x2277
F: 603-629-4673