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Doctor of Education (EdD)

  • D1017DOCTOR OF EDUCATION

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Title Doctor of Education (EdD)
Course Code D1017
Study Level Doctorate by Research (Graduate)
School School of Education
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Academic Chair: Dr Anne Price | Email: A.Price@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6632

Qualification Doctor of Education (EdD)
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Doctor of Education is an intensive course of study leading to the professional doctorate degree in Education. It consists of coursework and applied research leading to a dissertation.

The purpose of the degree is to provide advanced level study in Education at a high degree of specialisation through applied research in a selected area of practice. On entry to the EdD, each candidate will be assigned a supervisor who will assist in the development of an approved plan of study appropriate to the intended specialisation. For this course, on-campus meetings are available through negotiation.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Advanced academic study, research preparation and professional experience are required for admission to the course.
To be eligible for admission as a candidate for a Doctor of Education an applicant must have:
Bachelor Degree with at least a 2A Honours normally in the same discipline (AQF level 8); or
a Masters Degree normally in the same discipline (AQF level 9) and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of substantive and significant scholarly or professional attainments; or
a Bachelor Degree normally in the same discipline (AQF level 7) and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of substantive and significant scholarly or professional attainments including satisfactory research preparation the equivalent of AQF level 8 or 9.
Students who have a Master of Education degree by coursework or research will be considered on a case-by-case basis for credit.

English competence.
Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course students will be able to:

- develop an advanced level applied research dissertation in a selected area of practice that provides a critical analysis of the topic under consideration and demonstrates an understanding of the theory and practice of educational research.

- design studies incorporating qualitative and/ or quantitative data sources and analysis techniques.

- use and critically analyse a range of research methodologies

- place their research study into a larger intellectual context and develop a research network and program.
Employment Prospects Graduates are qualified to obtain high-level professional positions in a range of locations in the broad Education industry.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements In order to progress to the dissertation component of this degree students must achieve a minimum of 65 percent across all units, a minimum of 65 percent in Research Methodology units and pass the exam or permission of the Academic Chair.
Main research areas Education systems (e.g., early childhood education, higher education), curriculum and pedagogy, and specialist studies of education (e.g., learning sciences, educational assessment and evaluation, educational technology and computing, education policy, Aboriginal education).
Additional Admission Requirements The entry requirements are the equivalent of a Bachelor of Education (or other relevant degree) with honours from a recognised university or equivalent and at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Students with a Master of Education by coursework degree may be asked to complete a small project as part of the first year of the Education Doctorate. At most students may be granted 12 points of credit; those who have a part-completed MEd will also be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be awarded credit on a pro rata basis, provided these studies were undertaken within the last 10 years. Despite the amount of credit which may be awarded for previous studies, students may be requested to enrol in up to 12 points of coursework at the 600-level, which their supervisor or the student considers to be advantageous either for professional development or for the completion of the dissertation. To count as credit towards the EdD, a student must normally pass the units at Credit level or above.

Candidates who do not meet the admission requirements may be offered a place in a preliminary course designed to prepare them for admission to the doctoral course. The specific studies to be completed within a preliminary course would be determined in each case by the School's Research Committee.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Core Units - 60 credit points

Research Units - 12 credit points

EDU610 Introduction to Research for Educators - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

EDN781 Mixed Methods and Quantitative Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDU743 Advanced Qualitative Approaches to Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Research Dissertation - 48 credit points

EDU900 Research in Education (Research Dissertation) - 12 points

Full-time students should enrol in the thesis for 12 points for each of four semesters and part-time students for 6 points for each of eight semesters, or up to maximum candidature time available.

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

In consultation with their supervisor, students select up to four 600-level units so as to develop knowledge in the appropriate substantive area and to strengthen research methodology knowledge and skills in preparation for undertaking the thesis project.

Alternatively, students may take EDU701 Advanced Educational Research Seminar - 3 points [MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external], up to 6 points by Independent Study at 600 level, or units at another institution.

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

In order to progress to the dissertation component of this degree students must achieve a minimum of 65 percent across all units, a minimum of 65 percent in Research Methodology units and pass the exam or permission of the Academic Chair.

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