Doctor of Education

Practitioners most likely to benefit from this course include leaders and aspiring leaders in a wide variety of education services. Participants develop further content knowledge in cognate areas related to the kinds of career positions and pathways that they might pursue. Participants are encouraged to take up research questions germane to their career interests. Research studies conducted for the Doctor of Education should make a contribution to professional knowledge and practice.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Education
Award abbreviation
EdD
Course code
30810
Course type
professional Doctorate by thesis and coursework
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
015857E

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Doctor of Education has the following exit award: 31510 Master of Education Research Methods (coursework) (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
3 years
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), Singapore
Domestic fee type
RTP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christine Howitt
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC9970Doctoral Research Project Plan (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Education (30810)
NSEDUC9971Doctoral Research Scoping Project (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Education (30810)
NSEDUC9972Doctoral Research Project Design (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Education (30810)
NSEDUC9973Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Education (30810)

Take unit(s) to the value of 96 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2EDUC9985Doctoral Thesis (full-time) (96 points)
Prerequisites:
EDUC9970 Doctoral Research Project Plan; EDUC9971 Doctoral Research Scoping Project; EDUC9972 Doctoral Research Project Design and EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report; an average mark of at least 65 per cent over the four coursework units and at least 65 per cent for EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report
S1, S2, NSEDUC9986Doctoral Thesis (part-time) (96 points)
Prerequisites:
EDUC9970 Doctoral Research Project Plan; EDUC9971 Doctoral Research Scoping Project; EDUC9972 Doctoral Research Project Design and EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report; an average mark of at least 65 per cent over the four coursework units and at least 65 per cent for EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree of this University in a relevant field with first or upper second class honours, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(ii) a master's degree of this University in a relevant field with an average of at least 70 per cent, and adequate research preparation as prescribed in University Policy, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(b) the equivalent of at least two years' full-time professional educational experience.

(2) A student who has completed the Master of Education Research Methods with an average mark of 65 per cent and with a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report is permitted to proceed to the Doctoral Thesis unit.

Note: the Master of Education Research Methods is not available for new enrolments from 2013. It is available as an exit award in accordance with Rule 4.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 31510 Master of Education Research Methods (coursework) (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Doctor of Education course before completing it, passing all core units of the course but without meeting the requirements set out in the Rule 12(1), may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Master of Education Research Methods (coursework).

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in the course a student must pass all units in which they are enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Except as set out in Rule 15, a student enrolled in the core units of the course who fails a unit is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(2) A student enrolled in the Doctoral Thesis unit who does not submit an annual report or whose annual report is not considered by the Dean to be satisfactory—

(a) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty;

(b) is required to report to the relevant course coordinator prior to re-enrolment;

and

(c) may have conditions applied to their enrolment by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
External study

13. The Faculty may, in appropriate circumstances, permit a student to complete the course at an institution approved by the Academic Board for all or part of the prescribed period of study.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Progression

14.(1) To proceed to the Doctoral Thesis unit a student must achieve an average mark of at least 65 per cent in the core units of the course and a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report.

(2) Except as set out in Rule 15, a student is not permitted to continue in the course if they fail a unit.

Repeating a unit

15. The Faculty may, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, allow a student to repeat a failed coursework unit.

Substitution of coursework units

16. The Faculty may permit the substitution of other units of doctoral or equivalent level and of equivalent value for any or all of the core units of the course.

Credit

17.(1) The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a value of 48 points.

(2) Credit may be granted for any or all of the core units of the course.

(3) A student who has completed the Master of Education Research Methods with an average mark of at least 65 per cent and with a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report is credited with all core units of the course.

(4) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted on the basis of work completed in courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions to a maximum value of 24 points but such credit will not be for either EDUC9970 Doctoral Research Project Plan or EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report.

(5) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted on the basis of work completed in Continuing Education at this University to a maximum value of 12 points.

Research proposal

18. A student must prepare and defend a research proposal to the satisfaction of the Faculty—

(a) within six months of first enrolling in EDUC9985 Doctoral Thesis in the case of a full-time student;

or

(b) within nine months of first enrolling in EDUC9986 Doctoral Thesis in the case of a part-time student.

Annual progress report

19.(1) A student enrolled in the Doctoral Thesis unit must provide an annual progress report to the Faculty by 15 October each year.

(2) The annual progress report is forwarded by the Dean to the Faculty Research Committee with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.

Requirement for students enrolled in a transnational program

20. Students enrolled in a transnational program may be required to attend sessions with their supervisors in Perth.

Submission and examination of thesis

21. The thesis must make a substantial and original contribution to scholarship and professional practice in education.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

(1) The thesis must be presented only in the form of a typescript and must not exceed 70,000 words excluding tables, bibliography and appendices.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

(2) The thesis must include a summary of approximately 300 words, and one additional copy (unbound) of the summary must be submitted with the four copies of the thesis.

(3) Prior to the submission of the thesis—

(a) the Dean and supervisor(s) recommend to the Faculty Committee—

(i) the names of three examiners, each of whom are external to the University and one of whom must be external to Western Australia; and

(ii) the name of a fourth examiner who is designated as a reserve;

and

(b) the Dean informally invites the three nominated examiners to submit their responses to the Faculty Research Committee.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

Approved leave (suspension of candidature)

22.(1) The Faculty may, on written application, grant a student a period of leave, called a suspension of candidature, for a specified period, or periods, which will not exceed one year throughout the duration of candidature.

(2) The Faculty may, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, approve an extension of the one-year maximum period of suspension.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

Time limit

23. The time limit is four years from the date of first enrolment for a full-time student or the equivalent if candidature is part-time or a combination of full- and part-time.