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COURSE

Doctor of Education

DR-EDUCP

TAUGHT BY: School of Education

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

3years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

100

About offering

Not all teachers and educators seeking doctoral level studies intend to become researchers. If you intend to stay in teaching and become a leader in classroom teaching, curriculum development, multimedia, school improvement, evaluation or school-based professional development, our Doctor of Education (EdD) may suit you better than the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The EdD also accommodates currently occupying positions of leadership in universities, schools, school districts, TAFE colleges, teaching hospitals and system-wide central offices needing to upgrade their qualifications.

Our EdD will provide you with doctoral level study which will simultaneously provide you with advanced, in-depth knowledge related to your profession and involvement in research work closely related to the improvement of your professional practice. It will provide you with high-level research and inquiry skills, enabling you to evaluate, implement, commission, design and administer research into the many different aspects of education provision. You'll also develop an understanding of the policy implications of such research.

The EdD is more closely related to your professional world, is research based and research driven, but with a distinctive orientation toward practical research outcomes that will contribute to the growth of the education profession as well as the discipline itself.

A higher degree by research differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research. As an alternative to a single major dissertation, you may choose to complete a series of sequential and complementary scholarly papers which can be submitted in conjunction with an exegesis.

The majority of our domestic students remain employed full-time while studying part-time. As such, we encourage the integration of your coursework and research with the needs and directions of your workplace.

Throughout your studies, the Faculty of Humanities will provide you with access to facilities and resources to support your research, and financial assistance to attend appropriate local and international conferences. You will also be provided with a professional support infrastructure which exemplifies best practice in education by providing access to relevant technologies and resources.

What you'll learn

  • independently plan a significant investigation into a topic of educational relevance; develop a conceptual rationale for the conduct of specific research,
  • evaluate educational research design, methodologies, methods and findings from different perspectives; logically argue a case for a particular research approach,
  • independently access, interpret and synthesise research; examine and evaluate an educational issue and identify aspects for further research,
  • report data using appropriate scholarly conventions; communicate research with consideration of the audience,
  • select technology appropriate to the storage and retrieval of references; utilize technology to support data analysis,
  • develop strategies of independent research; develop a research time line, conduct an inquiry into an area of intellectual significance; develop independent research skills which continue into the future,
  • consider the context of international literature for the research topic selected; develop internationally appropriate implications of the research conducted,
  • develop ethical strategies for the conduct of research which reflect a respect for individual rights and cultural understandings; identify cultural understandings necessary for specific research,
  • conduct ethical research; work independently to manage a significant research project; work constructively with supervisors,

Why research at Curtin

Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems.
Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and
government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally,
nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-
driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators
in their fields.

Professional recognition

Depending on your area of speciality, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and/or a Master of Education or equivalent. Those with a Bachelor of Education with first or upper second-class honours are also eligible.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 6.5

Minimum academic entry requirements

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Essential course prerequisites

Entry requirements for international students

A bachelor degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and/or a Master of Education or equivalent. Those with a Bachelor of Education with first or upper second-class honours are also eligible.

Curtin University Test of English: A.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking higher degrees by research may be granted an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship to assist with tuition fee liability.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or industry assistance (sponsorship) may be available from external organisations under special conditions.

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus and Online
Research Term 1 and Research Term 2

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How to apply

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: DR-EDUCP
  • This offering was last updated on: October 19, 2018