About the Program

Rivier University's Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) is designed for working professionals. Most classes meet one Saturday per month or Thursday evenings. In the cohort model, students take a prescribed sequence of courses together as a group to form a learning community, and benefit from collaborative learning from other professionals in a variety of fields.

In addition to the core courses, students take 12 credits of elective courses related to their dissertation topic. Electives may be offered in face-to-face, online, or hybrid formats.

Hybrid courses meet on Rivier's Nashua, NH campus periodically. Students and instructors communicate online through Blackboard® or Canvas, our course management systems, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Online courses do not meet on campus. Technical support is available 24/7 for Canvas users.

The Regina Library website offers online access to journals and other reference materials, affording Ed.D. students the opportunity to conduct research at convenient times and locations.

Distinguished faculty in Rivier's Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program have a history of scholarship, teaching, and service in: 

  • Human growth and development
  • Leadership, administration, and supervision
  • Teaching and learning theories, processes, and applications
  • Psychology, counseling, mental health, and social services
  • Cognitive and behavioral interventions and practices
  • Curriculum, pedagogy, and practices
  • Policy analysis, development, and implementation

Faculty in the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program have: 

  • Authored textbooks and curricula
  • Presented at national and international research conferences
  • Collaborated in professional development models
  • Published in peer reviewed research journals and academic presses
  • Secured grant funding for national and international professional development workshops and institutes in curriculum and technological enhancement