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:
Programme code: AK3685
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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Please note: while you can apply at any time, the initial candidature process for enrolment in the programme can take up to two months.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Graduates will also be favourably placed for promotion and leadership responsibilities.
Last updated: 19-Jul-2017 1.15pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.