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C02050v1 Doctor of Education

Award(s): Doctor of Education (EdD)
CRICOS code: 066824C
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

The Doctor of Education is designed to meet the needs of practitioners and professionals who wish to research some aspect of their field of practice. Candidates embark on high-level, practice-based research into one of the areas of research strength in UTS: Education.

The course caters not only for students committed to an academic path, but for senior practitioners from public and private sectors who wish to study and undertake research at the highest level.

Course aims

The purpose of the course is to enhance the practitioner's capacity to question, analyse, critique and develop their profession and its practices. It is a research degree whose purpose is to assist professionals to develop a relationship between research and their professional activities, in areas such as policy development and appraisal, innovation and administration.

Career options

Career options include leadership roles in the education field as a principal, manager, planner, policy adviser, teacher or trainer, in a government, industrial, commercial or community setting.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Students are required to enrol in person and meet Phase 1 and 2 assessment requirements.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

Course structure

Students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) can choose between traditional or portfolio thesis formats. The traditional format is similar to that of a PhD, but it is 60,000–80,000 words. The portfolio option involves a range of texts (e.g. including published articles, texts written for and used in professional practice settings) and an exegesis (theoretical explanation of the contribution to knowledge that brings the components together). Students opting for the traditional thesis format may still include publications written during candidature, in line with the UTS policy (which has a range of options for including published work in a thesis).

The Doctor of Education (EdD) follows the same course structure as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in three stages. Stage 1 involves the development of a number of advanced research skills and capabilities. EdD students participate in the 1st year Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences block activities alongside students in other doctoral programs. In Stage 1 students negotiate a doctoral study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires. A formal doctoral assessment is undertaken at the end of Stage 1 in which the candidates present a full proposal for assessment, which is a prerequisite for entering Stage 2.

In Stage 2, students develop their individual program of research, conducting fieldwork, analysing data, and beginning to write up their findings. Their readiness to enter Stage 3 is assessed at the end of Stage 2, via a public presentation and submission of excerpts from the thesis or published work.

In Stage 3, candidates engage in the preparation and submission of a major thesis, which makes a sustained contribution to knowledge in their field of inquiry.

Research and development activities are provided by the Faculty and Graduate Research School throughout the three stages to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate.

Course completion requirements

019950 EdD Thesis: Education 

Other information

Further information is available from the research degrees administrator:

Margaret McGrath
telephone + 61 2 9514 4547