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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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On-Campus

Level of Study

Doctoral Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Hamilton Campus

Summary

Designed specifically for educational professionals, this qualification is a supervised professional research degree designed to provide you with high quality, advanced research skills to extend your leadership credentials and abilities in education.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) will extend your academic knowledge and expertise so that it can be applied in the various professional settings in which educators work.

Globally, this qualification is a benchmark in terms of researching professional policy and practice. The EdD brings together professionals from a range of contexts and backgrounds. This diversity adds richness to the learning experience and enhances your ability to engage in robust and innovative research.

The EdD has the same status as the PhD, but recognises the professional experience you bring and your desire to apply research directly in your professional contexts.

This is a two-step programme of study incorporating taught papers in supportive consultation and a thesis supported by our quality staff:

  • Part 1: two block days per semester, supported by online support, dialogue and face to face mentoring meetings
  • Part 2: independent study supported by supervision panel. Face to face meetings as required.

Programme highlights

Subject to the availability of staff, the School of Education offers doctoral supervision (supported by academic staff) in large range of areas including but not limited to:

  • Teaching and classroom studies
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Diversity issues in education
  • Early childhood education
  • Education policy
  • Educational leadership and administration
  • Maori education
  • STEM (science, technology, environment, maths)
  • Global Studies in education
  • Whole school change

Graduate outcomes

As a graduate of the EdD you will be able to contribute to the national and international scholarship of your chosen field as an experienced and competent professional practitioner. You will have developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical bases of empirical studies and professional practices in the relevant field of study to a level beyond that normally attained in masters programmes. You will apply knowledge and understanding gained in professional settings with the objective of enhancing the quality of teaching, learning and leadership and the well-being of colleagues and students.

You will have produced advanced, original, applied research and will be able to provide leadership at national and international levels in your field of practice. You will confidently present and defend your work in an appropriate academic and professional forum.

Entry criteria

To qualify to enrol for the EdD, an applicant must

have qualified for the award of a recognised teaching or allied professional qualification and must produce evidence of at least three years of competent service as an education practitioner. and

have qualified for the award of a New Zealand bachelors degree with honours or master's degree in a field relevant to the proposed research1 with at least second class honours (first division) or distinction, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

have qualified for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in a field relevant to the proposed research, or

have passed qualifying papers at a satisfactory level in a field relevant to the proposed research, and

have demonstrated research experience and ability, normally at least 30 points of research in an honours or master's degree, or significant professional research experience, or equivalent, or

in exceptional circumstances have produced other evidence to the satisfaction of the Postgraduate Research Committee that they have adequate skills and knowledge to proceed with the proposed research.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows:

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in any band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: Application closing dates will be 31st January, 31st May, and 30 September.

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