This is your opportunity to explore an area of your interest within the field of education. The Doctor of Education qualifies students as experts in their fields and enables practitioners from diverse education settings to extend their knowledge.
At the heart of the Doctor of Education is the research thesis, where you can undertake independent research of an educational topic of relevance to professional practice. There’s a strong collaborative spirit, and the support students give each other is a key element in this programme.
This professional doctorate suits teachers in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors who are committed to enhancing their contribution to their educational communities.
Must have completed the following in a specialisation appropriate to the proposed research:
The degree must have a standard equivalent to first class or second class (first division) honours.
The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research.
A minimum of five years’ professional experience in the specific area of study
While you can apply at any time, the initial candidature process for enrolment in the programme can take up to two months.
PGR2: Admission to a doctoral programme
We require the following information:
International applicants enrolled in the Doctor of Education are not eligible for domestic tuition fees, international tuition fees will apply.
Once the required information is received, we will forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty who will communicate to you about the outcome of your application, possible research areas and supervisors.
Students undertake advanced study based on independent research of an educational phenomenon, issue or topic of relevance to professional practice.
The programme has two parts:
The research portfolios cover four specific domains of research competency, for example literature and methodology. All students are expected to attend portfolio blocs throughout the year.
The 4 papers are taken sequentially, one per semester:
Completing the research portfolio is integral to preparing your thesis, and you need to complete the portfolio before starting your thesis.
For your thesis you undertake advanced study based on independent research of an educational issue. The research and learning methods are designed to heighten your awareness of the broader context of education and develop critical academic and research skills.
You will usually have two supervisors for your thesis, and will also have the support of other students and the Doctor of Education team.
The outcomes for graduates of the Doctor of Education are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.
Graduates will have skills that will assist them in a wide range of positions, including:
Graduates will also be favourably placed for promotion and leadership responsibilities.
15 Jul 2019
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.