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The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a specialised doctorate designed for professionals in education, health sciences, and related fields. Built on a cohort model of inquiry, the EdD provides a structured, supportive, rigorous approach to doctoral study. The EdD builds leadership and commitment, fosters scholarly excellence, and allows candidates to connect educational research with questions of professional practice.The EdD is a 360 point programme. It consists of two parts: Part One – Research Portfolio (120 points); and Part Two – Thesis (240 points).Part One is completed by part-time study in Years 1 and 2. Candidates will usually remain in a relevant professional role while undertaking their studies. Part One is led by a cohort team (two senior academics), who oversee the completion of the key projects in the Research Portfolio. Candidates meet as a group with the cohort team three to four times per year, in intensive block sessions. While completing Part One, candidates also maintain contact with their supervisor(s).The EdD is built on a cohort model, with candidates who begin at the same time, provide support and constructive critique for their colleagues, and, during the first two years of the degree, complete four major guided research tasks relevant to their professional practice. These tasks enable candidates to review the literature relevant to their area of study, develop an understanding of research methods, and sharpen their analytical skills. Near the end of the first two years, candidates present their proposals in the form of confirmation seminars. Candidates need to successfully complete the requirements of Part One before proceeding to Part Two.
EdD graduates will:Meet high international standards in the quality of their scholarly work;Adopt an investigative, probing, open-minded, reflective, dialogical stance in addressing scholarly and professional problems;Draw on insights from their studies in seeking to make a worthwhile difference in the lives of others;Be able to link, in a coherent and rigorous manner, theory and research to questions of professional practice;Be adept at presenting their work in conferences and seminars, and in publishing their findings;Value the process of peer review in advancing scholarly and professional understanding;Be willing and able to demonstrate leadership in their domains of professional endeavour; andHave a strong sense of global awareness and participate actively in wider scholarly and professional communities.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
, Susan Besley
and Jane McChesney
Domestic fee $7,022.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership.