Doctor of Education

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 18 June

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Duration
6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
Start date
March
February
Course code
1447190
Course abbreviation
EdD
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees

The Doctor of Education is a fee-free course.

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Course overview

The Doctor of Education is a research-based program comprising coursework and a substantial thesis. It is designed for experienced, professional educators and education leaders who operate in a fast-changing environment, where innovation, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration are key professional attributes.

You'll undertake a project with practical implications in the education sector, building your research skills to make a significant and original contribution to the profession. Researchers will be aligned to the School of Education research concentrations. These are the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster and the TeachLab Research Group

This professional Doctorate develops focused, high-level capacity-building through strategic problem solving and transdisciplinary knowledge.

Graduates are well-prepared for leadership roles in education and educational policy. As experts in their area of investigation, they can make a significant contribution to the profession.

The Doctor of Education is a fee-free course.

The Doctor of Education is a research-based program comprising coursework and a substantial thesis. It is designed for experienced, professional educators and education leaders who operate in a fast-changing environment, where innovation, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration are key professional attributes.

You'll undertake a project with practical implications in the education sector, building your research skills to make a significant and original contribution to the profession. Researchers will be aligned to the School of Education research concentrations. These are the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster and the TeachLab Research Group

This professional Doctorate develops focused, high-level capacity-building through strategic problem solving and transdisciplinary knowledge.

Graduates are well-prepared for leadership roles in education and educational policy. As experts in their area of investigation, they can make a significant contribution to the profession.

The Doctor of Education is a fee-free course.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To qualify for admission to a Professional Doctorate, applicants must:

a. demonstrate relevant professional experience as considered acceptable by the Dean, Graduate Studies; and

b. meet one of the following criteria:

i. possess a Bachelor's degree from Southern Cross University, or equivalent; or

ii. possess a Masters degree from Southern Cross University, or equivalent; or

iii. submit evidence of other professional qualifications as will satisfy the Dean, Graduate Studies that the applicant possesses suitable and relevant professional knowledge and/or experience; and

c. satisfy such additional requirements for admission to Professional Doctorate candidature, if any, as may be prescribed by the Higher Degrees Research Committee.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Coursework core units include:

  • What is educational research?
  • On the shoulders of giants: critically examining the literature in education
  • Playing with theory and research methodology in education
  • Research ready: Doctor of Education research proposal & ethics

Thesis:

Doctor of Education (EdD) candidates design and conduct original research under the supervision of at least two supervisors in a cohort model. Candidates are required to write a thesis of 50,000 words or equivalent.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1

International students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice in education.

Demonstrate creativity in theory and methodology in education and/or education related research.

Apply ethics and ethical principles across all aspects of research.

Conduct research involving children with a high degree of competence.

Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of education and/or education related fields of research.

Sustain and extend learning in research in practice and industry beyond the completion of the program.

Effectively communicate research within an academic environment in the form of a thesis or equivalent.

Communicate or translate research to end-users and the broader community as a 'public intellectual'.

Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in the design and conduct of research.


Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates are highly skilled professionals who are well-prepared for leadership roles in the education and educational policy sectors. Graduates are experts in an area of investigation who make a significant contribution to their profession.

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students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of a Professional Doctorate, a candidate will:

a.     complete the prescribed 4 coursework units (96 credit points);

b.     complete the Professional Doctorate Thesis Unit (192 credit points) involving an original investigation, review, criticism or design; 

c.     maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Dean, Graduate Studies in consultation with the Principal Supervisor and relevant Director, Higher Degree Research Training; 

d.     be confirmed through the Confirmation of Candidature process; 

e.    complete in-candidature review process 12 months post successful Confirmation of Candidature;

e.     submit for examination, and have accepted, a thesis prepared under the supervision of the Principal Supervisor; and

f.      complete such other work as may be prescribed by the Dean, Graduate Studies.


Course structure




Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: 16 unit equivalent