DR-EDUCP v.1 Doctor of Education
Course CRICOS Code: 023972B
Doctoral Degrees prepares students to acquire a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills to advance learning and/or professional practice corresponding to AQF level 10 qualifications.
While the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program caters well for those educators intending to focus or realign their careers towards researching, not all educators seeking doctoral level studies intend to become researchers. Some intend to become leaders in classroom teaching, curriculum development, multimedia, school improvement, evaluation or school-based professional development. Others already occupying positions of leadership positions in a variety of educational or training organisations may need to upgrade their qualifications. These potential students seek doctoral level study which will simultaneously provide them with advanced in-depth knowledge related to their profession and involvement in research work which is closely related to the improvement of their professional practice. The aims and objectives of the Doctor of Education (EdD) are to provide high-level inquiry and research skills for senior education professionals, enabling them to evaluate, commission, design, implement and administer research into different aspects of education provision.and to understand the policy implications of such research. This course of study is more closely related to the professional world of the students, and while research based and driven has a distinctive orientation towards practical research that contributes to the growth of the profession and the discipline itself. An integral part of the course of study is the provision of professional support infrastructure and relevant technologies that exemplify best practice in higher education.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials.
Course Overview Note
The Faculty of Humanities provides facilities and benefits for those studying this research course, including access to suitable computer facilities, office space for on-campus students and financial assistance to attend appropriate intrastate, interstate or overseas conferences and towards associated research costs.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Doctoral Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards. Applicants require a Master Degree (Research) or Bachelor Honours Degree (first or second class) or a high standard in either a Master Degree (Coursework) or Bachelor Degree with a Graduate Diploma (or equivalent). Alternative entry requirements may be considered, details are provided at http://research.curtin.edu.au/postgraduate-research/future-research-students/entry-requirements/. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Specifically, applicants require a relevant master degree in education or its equivalent with appropriate professional experience. The most common background for entry to education's doctoral program is a first degree, a teaching qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Education (or its equivalent) and/or a master degree in education. Students with first or upper second-class honours in a relevant honours degree in an education program are also eligible for entry. Other qualifications and backgrounds may constitute special consideration by the Head of the School of Education and or the School’s Graduate Studies Committee. General requirements for this course are similar to those for PhD programs and are subject to completion time limits (see Curtin Higher Degree regulations). EdD students must also successfully complete four coursework units in addition to the dissertation. Although Doctor of Education (EdD) dissertations deal with practically-oriented research, based in professional practice, the scholarly requirements are very similar in most respects to those for a Curtin PhD thesis: EdD dissertations will be examined according to the same criteria as apply for a PhD. Because the research component of the EdD is 70 per cent of that for a PhD, the expectation is that dissertations for the EdD will be correspondingly more limited in scope and length. As an alternative to a single major dissertation, each candidate may complete a series of scholarly papers, such that these documents are sequential and complementary, and the total research output constitutes 70 per cent of the total program, and the dissertation conform to Rule 10: Degree by Doctor of Research. Examination will follow procedures similar to those for PhD theses.
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Doctoral Degrees require students to undertake a program of independent supervised study and produce significant and original research outcomes culminating in a thesis, dissertation, exegesis or equivalent for independent examination.
It is a requirement that at least two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and the remainder by coursework. There are three successive phases in this program: (i) four approved doctoral level coursework units are undertaken, (including a compulsory research proposal preparation unit in research methods and proposal writing culminating in the presentation and defence of a research proposal); and (ii) a dissertation or series of scholarly papers that report supervised research in an applied area of education or training. It is envisaged that most students entering this program will be in full-time employment and so will pursue their studies part-time. Integration of a student's coursework and research with the needs and directions of their workplace is therefore encouraged. Before being permitted to begin their research component students need to complete candidacy requirements as specified in Curtin Higher Degree regulations. The thesis follows Rule 10: Degree of Doctor by Research. The purpose of the compulsory research proposal preparation unit is to help students develop their proposals prior to application for the granting of candidacy.
Duration and Availability
A doctoral candidate may enrol either full-time or part-time. The course is by coursework and research and normally requires a minimum enrolment period of two years and maximum of four years equivalent full-time study. Part-time students intending to undertake research studies should contact the Director, Research and Development, School of Education . Not all units are offered every semester and the availability of offshore study cannot be assured for all units.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Research Term 1||Y||Y|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Research Term 2||Y||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|EDUC7001||v.1||Education Research Proposal Preparation||2.0||25.0|
|SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:||75.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|EDUC7000||v.1||Doctoral Thesis - Education|
|Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 1||Hrs/Wk||Credit|
|EDUC7003||v.1 *||Philosophy of Knowledge||3.0||25.0|
|EDUC7002||v.1 *||Advanced Educational Practice||2.0||25.0|
|EDUC6009||v.1||Naturalistic Research Methods||2.0||25.0|
* Special Education Specialisation
If you need more course information, you may contact the relevant areas: For the Graduate Research School, please click here for further details: http://research.curtin.edu.au/postgraduate-research/about/contact-us/. For International Future Students: Curtin International, email: CI-Enquiries@curtin.edu.au Tel: +61-8-9266 7331.
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