Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Education is a specialised doctorate designed for professionals in education, health sciences, and related fields. Built on a cohort model of inquiry, the Doctor of Education provides a structured, supportive, rigorous approach to doctoral study.
The Doctor of Education builds leadership and commitment, fosters scholarly excellence, and allows candidates to connect educational research with questions of professional practice, in particular leadership.
Doctor of Education 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
- Have a strong sense of global awareness and participate actively in wider scholarly and professional communities.
Every student, before enrolling for the degree, must be approved as a candidate by the Dean of Postgraduate Research. The Dean must be satisfied that the student has adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course.
Students must have either:
- an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor’s degree with First or Second Class Honours; or
- an Aotearoa New Zealand master’s degree with First or Second Class Honours (or the equivalent); or
- other approved qualifications of equivalent standing.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Students will normally have a minimum of five years’ experience in a relevant professional role. Most students usually continue to work in a relevant professional role while completing Part I of the degree.
In special circumstances, the Dean of Postgraduate Research may approve the enrolment of a graduate who does not hold one of the qualifications above, but who has produced satisfactory evidence of adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course.
How to apply
Find out more about how to apply for PhD and Doctoral degrees.
The EdD contains two parts:
- Part I – a research portfolio (120 points)
- Part II – a thesis (240 points)
This qualification tends to take between 4–5 years to complete, as a mixture of part and full-time study (or part-time only for up to 6 years). Part I can only be completed part-time over 2 years.
EdD students start as a group on 1 March.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Doctor of Education.
For study planning help, contact the Dean of Postgraduate Research or the Postgraduate Office:
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800