Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (EdD) offers candidates the opportunity for advanced self-reflective research into the teaching profession and professional practice in education. The specific aim of the EdD is to develop research professionals. Students are assigned to a supervisor and an associate supervisor. The program offers an innovative approach to the professional doctorate, comprising several supervised research training components and a thesis of about 80,000 words.

Candidates progress through two phases. The program’s duration is three to four years full time – or part-time equivalent – with intakes in both semesters.


Entry requirements

Prospective candidates who submit a research proposal of 500–1000 words addressing criteria specified by the faculty and have at least three years' professional experience in education or a related field may apply for direct entry into the program, provided they satisfy one of the following.

  • BEd (or related area of study) with first- or second-class honours

  • MEd(Research) or equivalent, published research-based work acceptable to the faculty

  • MPhil(Education)

  • MEd(Coursework), that was awarded with merit, and which included a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words with a grade-point average of at least 75 per cent in the degree (a thesis or dissertation that was based solely on a review of the literature is not acceptable).


Program structure

Phase 1 – the first year

Students in the EdD program are required to enrol in any research methods or specialist units recommended by their supervisor as well as both the following:

At the end of Phase 1 (the first year of full-time study), students must present and defend their fully developed research proposal, which should be should be 8000–10,000 words and extend the proposal presented in the candidates original application. It should include both a critical review of relevant literature and an outline of the student’s proposed methodology. Formal acceptance as a candidate in the faculty's Doctor of Education program will be confirmed once the extended research proposal has been approved by the student’s thesis committee.

Phase 2 – the thesis and its examination

The thesis will be examined by three examiners who have the same kinds of qualifications as are generally required for doctoral-level examinations, but with an understanding of, and commitment to, professional-practice research. The procedure will be the same as for Doctor of Philosophy examinations. Details, including resolutions, are published in The University of Sydney Calendar.