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How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
NZD 5900 per year

How you will study
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Course starts
February, July

International course fees
NZD 30230 per year

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About Doctor of Education at University of Waikato

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 ace 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 Faculty 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
  • Māori 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.

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