Doctor of Education

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The Doctor of Education (EdD) programme provides the opportunity to extend your professional and academic knowledge of educational research, issues, and practice. The programme suits teachers in early childhood, primary or secondary, and tertiary sectors, who are committed to enhancing their contribution to their educational communities.

The EdD is also a popular pathway for professional staff in tertiary institutions. As a professional doctorate, the EdD is of equivalent value and status to the PhD, with the added benefits and opportunity to work within a collegial environment.

There are two parts to the EdD degree programme:

  • Part I: The EdD Portfolios — a cohort-based, part-time programme of advanced postgraduate study over four semesters, which scaffolds you towards becoming a confirmed doctoral thesis candidate.
  • Part II: The EdD Thesis — in which you undertake an individual research project with supervision. This part of the programme works the same as a PhD in Education, with the portfolio essays from Part 1 providing a head start on your draft thesis chapters.

Programme code: AK3685
Level: 10
Points: 360
Duration: Part I: 2 years part-time; Part II: 3 years
Venue: North Campus
Start date: New students may begin at the start of any semester. Completing enrolment requirements, including approval of the initial research proposal, takes approximately two months.

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Entry requirements

  • It is expected that a candidate will meet with professorial staff at least once to discuss their application and proposed area of research.
  • A candidate must first provide a current CV and transcripts showing evidence of postgraduate qualifications and research capability (eg. publications). This will be assessed to ascertain eligibility for entry to this doctoral programme.
  • Following this, a candidate must complete a research proposal (PGR2) to submit to the Doctoral Board for approval, along with an application for enrolment to the EdD.
  • A candidate only be offered a place on the programme and enrol in the first Research Portfolio paper once Board approval has been received.
  • Guidelines to entry

Please note: while you can apply at any time, the initial candidature process for enrolment in the programme can take up to two months.

Structure and content

Students undertake advanced study based on independent research of an educational phenomenon, issue or topic of relevance to professional practice. Students are guided through the EdD programme, which consists of two parts: Research Portfolio and Thesis.

Research Portfolio

The Research Portfolio is designed to support the attainment of 4 specific domains of research competency. The 4 papers are taken sequentially, one per semester, with your cohort:

EDUCX01 EdD Research Portfolio Part I
EDUCX02 EdD Research Portfolio Part II
EDUCX03 EdD Research Portfolio Part III
EDUCX04 EdD Research Portfolio Part IV

The completion of the Research Portfolio is integral to thesis preparation, and must be completed prior to the entry into the thesis.

As part of the requirements of each part of the Research Portfolio, all students are expected to attend Portfolio Blocs throughout the year (see the summary and timetable attachment for the dates). These Blocs provide the support of your cohort, as well as that of a wider education-based research community with fellow students at varying stages of their research journeys.


The thesis requires candidates to undertake advanced study based on independent research of an educational issue or topic of relevance to professional practice.

The candidate will usually have two supervisors (just as for the PhD) while they are engaged in the thesis. However, they will still have the support of their cohort and the EdD team.

The research and learning methods are predominantly student-centred and designed to heighten awareness of the broader context of education and to develop critical academic and research capacities.

Participation in the programme requires a high level of both individual student and group responsibility. This interactive approach is consistent with effective learning strategies for adults.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the programme will enable graduates to enhance their professional and research capabilities in educational settings.

Graduates will be well placed to construct and apply advanced theoretical concepts and knowledge to investigate professional practice in a wide range of domains, including but not limited to:

  • Educational leadership
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Curriculum development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Early years education
  • Special character education (e.g. Montessori)
  • Research and professional expertise.

Graduates will also be favourably placed for promotion and leadership responsibilities.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.41pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.