General information

The Doctor of Education (EdD) offers candidates the opportunity for advanced self-reflective research into the education profession and professional practice in education. The specific aim of the Doctor of Education is the development of researching professionals.

Students undertaking this degree work with a supervisor and an associate supervisor. The supervision may also involve mentors from both within and external to the university. The supervision is tailored to the requirements of each student's own research program to act as a resource for the particular investigation of professional practice being undertaken.

The Doctor of Education degree (EdD) is a degree completed by coursework and thesis. The coursework component is comprised of a sequence of 2 units of study. At the end of the first year of full time study (or the part time equivalent), a student will present and discuss a fully developed thesis proposal with a school committee. This research plan should extend the original proposal the candidate presented on application and include a critical review of relevant literature and an outline of the student’s proposed methodology. The extended research plan should be 10,000 words. Candidature is confirmed once the EdD thesis proposal has been approved by the student’s thesis committee.

Examination is by presentation of this work in the form of a thesis. The normal length of an EdD thesis is approximately 80,000 words.

The EdD is available in both the full and part time modes and the full time candidature is normally three years of study. Part-time candidates can take up to six years.


Within the university, each Doctor of Education student will have, first, a principal supervisor who will take responsibility for supervision overall. This principal supervisor will oversee the candidate’s project. The student will also have an associate supervisor in the university. The associate supervisor will be available to act as an alternate principal supervisor in the case of an extended absence by the principal supervisor, or where a change of principal supervision is necessary.