The Doctor of Education qualifies students as experts in their fields and enables practitioners from diverse education settings to extend their knowledge.
This is your opportunity to think deeply about your professional practice while developing the skills of professional and scholarly research as you explore an area of your interest within the field of education in a supportive cohort-based programme. The Doctor of Education qualifies students as experts in their fields and enables practitioners from diverse education settings to extend their knowledge. This professional doctorate suits a range of educational practitioners, including teachers, lecturers, middle managers and leaders whose work is education-related.
AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge in their fields to guide you throughout your studies.
If you’re interested in discussing this research degree, email our course leader, Professor Jane Gilbert: email@example.com
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 two years’ relevant professional experience
While you can apply at any time, the initial candidature process for enrolment in the programme can take up to two months. There is one cohort annually, and the closing date for the following year is the first Monday of September in the preceding year. The EdD is generally regarded as a domestic qualification, so international students are encouraged to apply for the PhD programme.
PGR2: Admission to a doctoral programme
We require the following information:
The Doctor of Education sets students up for their research thesis by providing a supportive and collaborative cohort-based learning experience. The support students give each other is a key element in this programme.
The programme has two parts:
The research portfolio comprises four 30-point courses that will develop your research competency, and enable you to make the transition from practitioner to researcher. All students are expected to attend portfolio blocs (usually four Saturdays each semester) throughout the year. You will have the support of your peers and the Doctor of Education team.
The 4 courses are taken sequentially, one per semester:
The portfolio development is designed to heighten your awareness of the broader context of education and develop critical academic and research skills. The research portfolio is integral to preparing your thesis, and satisfactory completion of the portfolio is required before starting your thesis.
Your thesis is an advanced study, based on independent research, aimed at contributing new knowledge to a relevant educational issue. You will have two supervisors for your thesis, who will have been identified during the portfolio development.
Graduates will develop skills that will assist them in a wide range of positions, including:
Graduates will also be favourably placed for promotion and leadership responsibilities.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.