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Doctor of Education

EdD(Curtin) DR-EDUCP
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time Not all units are offered every semester. The availability of offshore study cannot be assured for all units.
Study mode On-campus or off-campus If you intend to study off-campus, please refer to the note regarding off-campus research under enrolment and duration of study.
Intake At any time
Duration 2 - 4 years full-time study or part-time equivalent

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements 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.

For further information see entry requirements for doctoral or master research degrees.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Under the Research Training Scheme, Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking doctoral degrees by research are exempt from paying tuition fees.

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

Professional recognition

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

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning for coursework components are assessed on an individual basis.

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.