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Course summary

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. 

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.



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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


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.

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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.

Ethical practice

Apply ethics and ethical principles across all aspects of research.

Conduct research involving children with a high degree of competence.

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

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'.

Cultural competence

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

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.

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.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'