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A central feature of the work of professionals in education and training today is the evaluation and development of practice, and the ability to bring about change within their institutions. Read more

About the course

A central feature of the work of professionals in education and training today is the evaluation and development of practice, and the ability to bring about change within their institutions. The EdD is a research-based programme focused on the improvement of professional practice. You will work at doctorate level on issues or problems that are of direct relevance to your professional interests and institutional concerns, bringing significant benefit to the organisation in which you work.

You will undertake a programme of studies in the areas of professional development and impact on practice; research approaches and methods appropriate to practice-based research; and leadership issues in promoting the learning of others. In consultation with tutors you will develop a programme of work which leads to the presentation of a thesis.

The programme is intended for professionals with an education or training function from public sector or commercial/business organisations. These include: people working in education settings such as schools, further education, higher education, and local education authorities; trainers and consultants; staff working in inter-agency settings; youth and social workers.

Study themes for Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) are: issues in professional learning and development; approaches to research.

Study Themes for Phases 2 and 3 (Years 3 to 5) are: professional learning and development of practice-based research, with supervisory support leading to the production of a substantial thesis.

A programme of sessions relating to the themes provides opportunities for you to present and evaluate your own work.

How to apply

Before making your formal application, we recommend that you discuss your proposed research with Dr Jon Berry , to establish that it is appropriate for this award.

Download our information pack on studying for a Doctorate in Education. - https://www.herts.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/83921/Information-pack-2015.pdf

Applications should be returned to Dr Janice Turner, Research Administrator, SSAHRI

Why choose this course?

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers the opportunity for those with an enthusiasm for learning to gain the highest level of professional qualification available in the field.

Teaching methods

A series of bi-monthly study days are organised in two-day blocks and single days (including weekend days), supervision meetings, e-learning support and University Research Degrees' Generic Training for Researchers sessions. This research course has a strong cohort experience and attendance to the bi-monthly study days is compulsory. During the study days, which are led by the EdD team, students develop research skills and discuss their ongoing projects. Students are supervised by a principal and up to two second supervisors. The EdD core team includes professionals with a wide range of expertise at the forefront of education and social inquiry:

Jon Berry, PhD. Programme Tutor, Professional Doctorate in education (EdD). Areas of expertise: teachers’ professional autonomy, education policy, the politics of education. Representative publication: Teachers' professional autonomy in England: are neo-liberal approaches incontestable? Forum Vol. 54: 3 2012

Bushra Connors. Current research interests: critical realism, interdisciplinarity, structure and agency interactions, globalisation and Higher Education, pedagogy in a changing world, behaviour management in schools, science teaching pedagogy. Representative publication: Global mechanisms and Higher Education (presented at the Conference of the International Association for Critical Realism, Bologna, 2010).

Joy Jarvis, PhD, Associate Dean, Learning Teaching and Employability. Areas of expertise: professional learning and development including pedagogy in schools and HE, professional identity, professional development and leadership in learning and teaching. Research interests focus on narrative and arts-based forms of enquiry. Representative publication: Other ways of seeing; other ways of being: imagination as a tool for developing multiprofessional practice for children with communication needs (with Trodd, in Child Language Teaching and Therapy, Vol. 24, 2008).

Roger Levy, PhD, Associate Head of School, Research and Enterprise. Areas of expertise: professional learning and development, including mentoring, enquiry into work-based practice and the capacity of organisations to manage change; conceptions of teaching and learning; teacher development, professionalism; curriculum, programme evaluation; qualitative methodology. An active member and past Chair of the International Professional Development Association.

Philip Woods, PhD FRSA, Professor of Educational Policy, Democracy and Leadership. Areas of expertise: policy, leadership, democracy and education, enterprise and entrepreneurialism, alternative education, sociology, research and evaluation. Representative publication: Transforming education policy: Shaping a democratic future(Policy Press, 2011). Active links with US include University Council for Educational Administration and the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) network.

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The UWE EdD (Professional Doctorate in Education) has been running since 2005 and has recently undergone a re-validation in order to ensure it continues to provide the most up to date teaching methods and content. Read more
The UWE EdD (Professional Doctorate in Education) has been running since 2005 and has recently undergone a re-validation in order to ensure it continues to provide the most up to date teaching methods and content.

It is aimed at professionals from many areas of action - teachers from all sectors, educational administrators, policy officers, professionals involved in education in their specialist field such as nurses, paramedics, social workers, occupational therapists, community workers and others. Our goal is to better understand and improve programmes of training and education and, through this, to improve professional services and their role in a democracy.

Key benefits

The EdD is a Professional Doctorate in Education, equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD.

Course detail

The teaching on the EdD programme is highly interactive. It is seminar and workshop-based, and has a supportive supervision framework. The taught element (Years 1 and 2) is driven by practical research tasks. Assessment throughout is designed to put professional learning to the forefront, and to derive from this the academic standards which will allow us, eventually, to confer the award of a Doctorate. This is, in all senses, a professional doctorate.

Enquiry-based work at doctoral level is expected to lead to the generation of original knowledge, and this implies a greater intolerance of closure and resolution of issues and controversies; and a correspondingly higher level of tolerance for complexity.

We would expect, for example, compared to work at Master's level, a keener and more critical reading of research literature with the ability to differentiate between competing schools of thought. The capacity to bring to bear multiple contexts for understanding an educational issue (political, ethical, personal, historical, methodological).

Structure

- Part 1 -

Four taught modules of 30 credits each, giving a total of 120 credits:

• Action Research and Evaluation in Education - This module explores the methods and challenges involved when professionals engage in researching their own practice and/or context. Issues of reflexivity and ethics are particularly focused upon.

• Theoretical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning - A range of theoretical perspectives available to researchers in educational settings are discussed in this module including, as an example sociocultural theory.

• Researching Educational Policies and Professional Identities - Methodologies and methods for studying education policies and professional identities are the focus for this module.

• Advanced Preparation for Research - This module allows students to develop their skills and understanding in developing their own research proposal

- Part 2 -

Supervised study with a Director of Studies and one or more supervisors supporting you as you engage in a piece of research resulting in a written thesis of 60,000 words.

Format

We can offer supervision across a wide range of substantive and methodological fields, some examples of which include: case study; statistical procedures; quasi-experimental design; grounded theory; discourse analysis; social theory (eg. Bourdieu); action research; interpretative sociology; life history research; feminist approaches; questionnaire design; narrative research; focus group work.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an advanced programme of study and research at doctoral level. The course is designed for professionals in education, training and allied fields, in sectors including. Read more
The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an advanced programme of study and research at doctoral level. The course is designed for professionals in education, training and allied fields, in sectors including: early years, childcare, schools, community, further, higher and adult education. It allows students to enquire into and develop their professional practice through advanced-level study and research.

The course gives you the opportunity to
-Deepen your knowledge base in research and scholarship on professional policy and practice in education.
-Address in-depth issues derived from your own experience and practice.
-Develop and apply your expertise in methods of research.
-Produce work which makes an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your area of professional practice.

The course draws on the expertise of the Sheffield Institute of Education and actively seeks students whose research interests are related to our own. Current research groups include:
-Equality, diversity and social justice.
-Higher education.
-Professional learning.
-Mathematics education.
-Language and literacy education.

We also have two research centres, the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research and the Centre for Science Education. For further information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/sioe/research/

For further course information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/doctorate-in-education

EdD award

You begin your research by studying the following modules:
-Developing your research focus.
-Developing the literature review.
-Research methodologies and research design.
-Data analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Following the successful completion of these modules you continue to develop your research in the final thesis module, submitting a thesis of 50-60,000 words. This degree is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society’s Graduate School. The Graduate School website is a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, providing information about our research work and useful contact information.

Course structure

Part time – 4 years minimum, with 6 Saturdays attendance in each of the first 2 years, and 3 Saturdays a year during the thesis phase.
You are also allocated tutorial support throughout your studies. Please contact us for information regarding recruitment.

Doctorate modules
-Developing your research focus
-Developing the literature review
-Research methodologies and research design
-Data analysis, interpretation and presentation

Thesis component
The standards and requirements for the thesis are consistent with those for a PhD. All four cohort phase modules must be successfully completed before taking this module.

Assessment: we assess each of the four modules by coursework. This may take several forms, but is equivalent to an assignment of 6 – 7,000 words, each designed to support you in developing your thesis chapters. After successfully completing the modules, you move on to the thesis phase of your doctorate. Final assessment is based on the submission and examination of a 50 – 60,000 word thesis.

Other admission requirements

For information on writing your proposal, download our Doctorate in Education proposal guidance. If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming application support sessions, which offer further guidance on writing a research proposal, please email Daniel Philliskirk at . If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5.in each skill.

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This course has been designed to provide those who work in the broad area of the public and human service professions an opportunity to study part-time for a doctorate in one of three fields of professional activity – education, law, or social sciences. Read more
This course has been designed to provide those who work in the broad area of the public and human service professions an opportunity to study part-time for a doctorate in one of three fields of professional activity – education, law, or social sciences.

Within the context of research, students will be expected to develop their understanding of particular subjects pertinent to their own research projects as an integral element of the enquiry process rather than being taught particular subjects within the course. Students are expected to gain further knowledge of subjects pertinent to their research through guided reading and discussion.

What will I study?

Students will undertake the following modules comprising six stages of their research project for the award of a professional doctorate in their chosen field. There are no optional modules.

Module one: Introduction: Research questions, aims and initial review of the literature (20 credits at D level).
Module two: Identity and Epistemology: Towards an understanding of literatures and conceptual frameworks (100 credits at D level).
Module three: Designing and using mixed methods in research concerning one of the three areas of professional activity (education, law and social professions) (60 credits at D level).
Module four: Designing and using mixed methods to complement the research in the preceding module concerning one of the three areas of professional activity (education, law and social professions) (60 credits at D level).
Module five: Thesis: Critical Reflection and Reflexivity (120 credits at D level).

Students who successfully complete the first four modules and who wish to terminate their studies will normally be eligible for an MPhil award. The final module, comprising a thesis and critical reflections on reflexive changes in knowledge derived from the student’s own study will be examined by viva voce examination.

The professional doctorate in Education involves students in two formal elements of activity: workshops and supervision of their own research projects.

Workshops

You will attend three to four two-day workshops, in Nottingham (Clifton campus and City site), in each of the first three years of your study. These are co-taught with the Legal Practice and Social Practice courses, and deal with topics that are generically relevant to research at doctorate level. Each workshop or group of workshops is linked to a specific stage in the project.

How will I be assessed?

Six formal documents that are presented as logical stages of the whole research project. Discussions concerning the development of research and group presentations with individual evaluation of the group.

We use diagnostic and formative feedback to support students in their ability to recognise strengths and weaknesses in their own research, and to negotiate targets for developing their study. All summative assessment is used to establish the level of achievement at the end of each module.

To obtain a doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) students must pass each stage of the course (360 credits at D level). The research is concluded with a viva voce examination based on their thesis and critical reflections and reflexivity regarding changes in knowledge and/or methodology and/or the self, mediated by the process of research.

To obtain an M.Phil. students must pass all four modules normally presented in the first two years of the course (240 credits at D level).

Teaching and learning

The Graduate School is committed to enhancing the quality of experience by providing a learning and teaching framework that supports independent and lifelong learners. Learning and Teaching approaches are diverse and continually monitored and developed to take account of new research, external reports and through staff development.

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Professional Doctorates aim to integrate academic and professional knowledge in new ways. A professional doctorate is designed to develop the capabilities of individuals to work within a professional context. Read more
Professional Doctorates aim to integrate academic and professional knowledge in new ways. A professional doctorate is designed to develop the capabilities of individuals to work within a professional context. In Cardiff School of Social Sciences we offer an integrated professional doctorate scheme within which education, health and social work professionals work together for some of the taught modules. The unique interprofessional learning allows students to reflect on both what is shared across professional boundaries and what is distinctive to their own occupational traditions.

The Professional Doctorate in Education is aimed at managers, trainers and a wide range of practitioners. It offers the opportunity to examine leading edge theories and research evidence in order to understand the social context of social work interventions and the impact they have on people’s lives.

The linkages between research-based knowledge and its application in a wide range of professional settings are central to this Doctorate.

There are currently four pathways:

* Doctor of Education (EdD)
* Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
* Doctor of Health Studies (DHS)
* Doctor of Social and Public Policy (SPPD)

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme which combines eight taught modules and a research thesis.

The degree consists of two major elements:
* Part One - eight taught modules each with a 4,000 word equivalent assignment
* Part Two - thesis of between 40,000 and 60,000 words (this should not exceed 60,000 and you should aim for 50,000)

All students are required to take 8 modules of study, which if passed at the doctoral threshold mark of 60% or above, will qualify students to progress to the thesis stage of the programme.

The taught modules entail three-day blocks of intensive teaching with supervised home-based study. They cover research skills training; generic topics such as evidence-based policy, professions and professionalism, equality and diversity, and public-sector management; and topics which are specialist to each of the pathways.

The research thesis may focus on any approved topic and is individually supervised by academic staff.

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of East London is a five-year part-time modular course specifically aimed at senior professionals working in all fields of education. Read more
The Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of East London is a five-year part-time modular course specifically aimed at senior professionals working in all fields of education.

The course gives you the opportunity and the skills to conduct robust, innovative research that will improve the policy, practice and the quality of education. Your doctorate will enhance your professional capability through critical analysis and the use of research evidence.

You will be studying at one of the most diverse and multicultural universities in London, with the chance to meet and work with students and academics with different national and international professional backgrounds, each with their own experience and expertise that they bring to the course.

Doctoral courses at the University of East London give you the chance to draw on this dynamic research culture as well as the research expertise of our academic staff, at least two of whom will serve on your supervisory team.

The EdD consists of two stages. In Stage One, you will study four compulsory modules over two years. This is then followed by Stage Two, where you complete your research thesis.

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The EdD is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate in Education which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. Read more
The EdD is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate in Education which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods, education policy, education management and professional development. Dissertations are supported within the specialist research centres at the School of Education including effective education, shared education, children’s rights, and autism.

Aims - On successful completion of the programme students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will, through this dissertation, demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate their results and their implications.

The EdD programme may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The normal period of study will be not less that three years full-time or not less than four years part-time. The aim is to allow flexibility for busy professionals, enabling you to complete the degree with minimal disruption to your professional and personal life.

The EdD comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules) and a research dissertation. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Each module is assessed by one 5000 word assignment. The University operates a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme which recognises relevant prior assessed and certified learning for credit purposes. This is also known as credit transfer where the credits were awarded by another Higher Education (HE) provider. Applicants who have completed a masters degree within the last 10 years that involved a substantive element of educational research methods training, including a research-based dissertation or project, may be eligible to transfer credit. Applicants for RPL should submit the RPL Application Form to the Postgraduate Administrator, 20 College Green, Belfast, BT7 1LN. Applications for RPL should be made at the same time as your online course application. The dissertation is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).

There are three stages to each EdD taught module which covers a four month period. The first stage is pre-reading. The second stage is attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days. The third stage involves the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module.

Research Modules

Educational Research: An Overview (compulsory)
Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
The Professional as Researcher
Experimental Methods in Educational Research
Survey Methods in Education
Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
Narrative and Arts-based Research Approaches

Optional Modules

Education in Divided Societies: contribution to social cohesion
Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion
Education and the Law
Children's Rights - Research and Practice
TESOL: Issues in Language Learning
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is designed to meet the needs of education professionals in teaching, management or administrative roles in all sectors from primary to higher education. Read more
The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is designed to meet the needs of education professionals in teaching, management or administrative roles in all sectors from primary to higher education.

The EdD differs from a PhD in that it is primarily focused on professional rather than theoretical issues and is aimed at those who have already been employed in the education sector for a number of years, either as lecturers, teachers administrators, advisers or inspectors. For some, the established PhD route comprising in-depth study of a single specialised topic does not satisfy their needs. To meet the requirement for a new approach the EdD was instituted and this programme provides students with a broad-based knowledge of a number of areas through a system of taught modules that develop a basis for the thesis and the opportunity to research a specific issue of professional concern in depth.

Programme Structure

The EdD is structured to offer maximum flexibility and, as such, we provide three modes of study for applicants to choose from:

-Full-time study
-Part-time study
-ISPI (International Summer Postgraduate Programme).

Each route offers a different pattern of teaching but all follow the same basic structure:

-Six taught modules during the taught phase
-One thesis (60,000 words max.) during the research phase.
-Learning Outcomes

The taught phase of the programme enables students to address these broad learning outcomes:

Learning Outcome

Group A: Critical understanding of issues relating to teaching & learning

Group B: Critical understanding of the organisation of education

Group C: Ability to analyse and evaluate educational research

The structure is designed to provide a focus towards the thesis. Students are introduced to the requirements of the thesis early on in their programme, so that they can develop and refine their ideas with support from colleagues. The taught modules provide a wide platform in the obligatory modules that can then be extended in the other modules in order to be responsive to students' needs.

As the thesis requires a high level of independent thinking in order to produce a piece of research that makes a contribution to the field, the Analysing, Interpreting and Using Educational Research, Understanding Qualitative Educational Research and the Thesis Proposal modules are compulsory.

In the final phase students work as individuals with two supervisors to produce a thesis, which is often but not always related to a specific aspect of their work and position in the education service. It is expected that the research topic should complement the current staff research areas.

Thus, the EdD moves from a broad base to a specific thesis which, though shorter and more focused than a doctoral dissertation, has to reach the same level and is judged by the same criteria. The EdD and PhD have exact parity of degree status.

Taught Modules

Students need to successfully complete six modules in order to advance to the thesis phase of the programme.

Students take 3 compulsory modules:

Engaging with Interpretive Research Design (30 credits)
Analysis and Evaluation of Educational Research (30 credits)
Thesis Proposal (30 credits)

They then have a choice from all other PGT modules. So they must chose three modules from the domains of

Technology in Education,
Mathematics Education,
Science Education,
Arts Education,
Educational Assessment,
Curriculum & Policy,
Special Educational Needs and Inclusion,
Intercultural & International Education, and
Management.

(NB. The modules available each academic year do vary depending on staff availability so please check at the time of registration).

A student wishing to progress to the research phase of the EdD must obtain an overall average mark of at least 60% in the assessment of their taught modules. Any student who does not obtain an overall mark of at least 50% will be required to withdraw from the programme.

Thesis

Students may already have a proposal for a thesis upon starting the programme, but many begin to formulate their proposal while taking modules. For example, an assignment for one of the units may provide the opportunity to explore a theme prior to commitment for the thesis.

Students work individually under the supervision of one or more members of staff on a topic chosen in consultation with their supervisor. This is often related to the work these students have undertaken in their institution and involves an independent investigation demonstrating their ability to test ideas and to understand the relationship between the theme of their investigation and the wider field of knowledge.

The thesis should represent an original contribution and include matter worth of publication. The thesis should be a maximum of 60,000 words.

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The Doctorate in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. The EdD engages with education in its broadest sense across the age range from early years to adulthood. Read more
The Doctorate in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. The EdD engages with education in its broadest sense across the age range from early years to adulthood. It is relevant across all educational settings.

Participants with an interest inequality, diversity, sustainability and inclusion (themes within the realm of social justice) will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from a range of backgrounds. Everyone associated with the EdD shares a commitment to the notion of social justice, which underpins our work in education research at LSBU. The close association between the Centre for Educational Research and the MA provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community.

Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are available to participants with an appropriate background and this should be discussed with the admissions tutor who will also explain the CPD processes on request.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/doctorate-education-sustainability-equality-diversity-edd

Modules

Year 1
- Critical issues in educational change and development
This module grounds the EdD in critical engagement with literature which asks fundamental questions about the nature and purposes of education in its broader sense. Participants are invited to be self-critical and engage very personally with their own position in relation to the theoretical perspectives which will be discussed.

Year 2
- Issues and controversies in research
This module begins to prepare participants theoretically and practically for the research phase. It encourages further critical engagement with research methodology and careful consideration of the development of research questions to be taken into the next phase of the EdD. Opportunities to work with the wider research community will be created.

Year 3 onwards
- Independent research and dissertation
The taught phase is assessed by assignments, pilot research projects and portfolio development. The research phase culminates in a 40000 word dissertation or equivalent piece of in depth research-based work assessed by viva. An ongoing portfolio is maintained throughout the taught and research phase.

Employability

UK Higher Education increasingly demands doctorate level qualifications and a UK doctorate is usually preferred. Participants wishing to achieve promotion or develop a career in research or in senior positions in education benefit from having a doctorate. The opportunity to write for publication along the way is built into the EdD programme. Publishing in refereed journals is particularly important for participants looking to develop a career in academia.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

As the EdD is a practice-based professional doctorate,access to the workplace (including voluntary work) is essential.

Teaching and learning

You'll benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the university. You'll have access to a supervisory team during the research and dissertation phase.

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The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, is specifically aimed at professionals engaged in English language teacher education. Read more
The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, is specifically aimed at professionals engaged in English language teacher education. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods (three compulsory), TESOL (two compulsory), education policy, education management and professional development.

The EdD TESOL may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The normal period of study will be not less that three years full-time or not less than four years part-time. This flexibility appeals to busy professionals, enabling them to complete the degree with minimal disruption to their professional and personal life.

Aims

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate the research findings of published, empirical studies.
Make use of appropriate research methods to conduct educational research
Design small-scale, class-based research projects to investigate the local context

Programme Structure and Modules

The EdD TESOL comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules and two must be TESOL modules) and a research dissertation in the area of TESOL. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Each module is assessed by one 5000 word assignment. The dissertation is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).

There are three stages to each EdD taught module which covers a four month period. The first stage is pre-reading. The second stage is attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days. The third stage involves the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module.

Research Modules

You must complete four research modules:

Educational Research: An Overview (compulsory)
Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
The Professional as Researcher
Experimental Methods in Educational Research
Survey Methods in Education
Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
Narrative and Arts-based Research Approaches

TESOL Modules

You must also complete the two TESOL modules:

TESOL: Issues in Language Learning
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy

Other Optional Modules

In addition to the research and TESOL modules you can choose from the following modules:

Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion
Education and the Law
Children's Rights - Research and Practice
TESOL: Issues in Language Learning
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy

Graduate Quote

“I was able to choose my elective modules according to my schedule and my particular field of interest. One advantage was that the EdD TESOL (the taught elements) is conducted intensively and can be completed in less than one and a half years.”
Chiu-Kuei Chang Chien, EdD TESOL graduate

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Whatever your professional interest in education—from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development—a Professional Doctorate (EdD) may be the right choice for you. Read more
Whatever your professional interest in education—from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development—a Professional Doctorate (EdD) may be the right choice for you.

A Professional Doctorate in Education is rewarding and challenging, and can even be a life-changing experience. At Stirling, you will join a multi-professional group of students and academics focussing on research that has a beneficial impact on professional practice and policy.

Key information

-Degree type: Doctorate, MSc, Postgraduate Diploma.
-Study methods: Full time, part time. Mixture of online and classroom delivery. Campus based.
-Duration: Full time-EdD 3 years minimum/5 years maximum, MSc 30 months, Diploma 12 months. Part time-EdD 5 years minimum/8 years maximum, MSc 3 years, Diploma 18 months.
-Start date: January or September.
-Course Director: Dr Greg Mannion.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Course objectives

The Doctor in Education (EdD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences is an ideal professional development opportunity for senior professionals seeking to enhance and utilise their research expertise. Professionals taking our EdD come from a wide variety of fields and countries but all share a concern with education and professional learning in organisational settings such as schools and further / higher education, in social or health-related organisations, or in private and government bodies. The EdD will enable you to develop research on your own chosen topics in ways that are deeply connected to important professional interests, practices, policies and impacts.

Like the PhD, the EdD meets the requirements for the production of a significant, original and rigorous contribution to the field. Distinctively, the EdD programme commences with taught modules before the supervised research phases commence. The taught modules look at theories and paradigms of research and orientations to methodology and inquiry. The EdD leads into the production of a 45,000 word thesis under expert supervision by Education staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work.

We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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If you are responsible for leading learning in your organisation, whether it’s a school, college, HE institution or as an educator in the public or private sector, this doctoral level programme is a fantastic opportunity to study education at a deep level and relate this back to your own practice. Read more
If you are responsible for leading learning in your organisation, whether it’s a school, college, HE institution or as an educator in the public or private sector, this doctoral level programme is a fantastic opportunity to study education at a deep level and relate this back to your own practice. The EdD will help you expand your knowledge and understanding of how education works and allow you to transform your own practice. Take advantage of a fully funded EdD studentship now available.

Key features

Focus your attention on the nature of educational practice itself. Approach education in its broadest sense. Study and theorise the nature of your work from a social perspective - then relate this back to your own practice.

Engage with a range of new ideas with which to re-think educational practice on a carefully organised course with a clear structure based on a social perspective on education.

Study on a flexible and work-friendly programme that has been structured to fit around your existing commitments. You’ll probably study part time over five years (two years of taught modules and three years of thesis) but you can take up to seven if you need to.

Choose to start at masters level if you are unsure about doctoral study.

Begin to engage with new educational theory at the University-based sessions. Participate in lively discussions and share ideas with others on your course in seminars, lectures and workshops.

Access a wide range of support and resources to fuel your independent study. Draw on books and journals and an online environment where you’ll communicate with and draw support from your peers and from staff with a long history of excellence in professional development.

Meet and share ideas with others in your cohort from a range of disciplines. Tap into this diversity to compare the interrelationships between policy and practice across different educational areas and institutions.

Make your mark on the future of education as part of our learning community where you can link into active and renowned research networks. Find out more about research within the Institute of Education.

Attend our annual postgraduate research conference and present your ongoing ideas in a challenging and supportive environment.

Course details

Part one is the modular stage of the programme and spans two years. Over the two years of part one you’ll cover four modules, including policy and professional practice, professional learning, researching education practice, and social research. These modules are assessed by work amounting to 5,000 words and assignments are fitting for a research community, such as: a paper for submission to a journal; a conference paper with associated presentation and rationale; a small scale research project to explore methodological issues; or a traditional essay.

Part two is the thesis stage of the programme and spans four years. You’ll stay connected with termly workshops during the first two years of part two, then, in the final year, you’ll present a thesis of approximately 50,000 words, assessed through a viva voce exam. The thesis comprises a substantial piece of original research into an area of practice of your own choosing, through which you’ll make an original contribution to knowledge.

Applying

Here is a summary of the process:

Initial contact - email the Graduate School.
Application - download the application form for postgraduate study from the website and, once complete, send it to the Graduate School.
Selection - your application will be sent to staff at the Plymouth Institute of Education who will consider documentary evidence and then invite you to interview, if appropriate.
Notification - once a decision has been made, the Graduate School will write to you to offer you a place, or to decline your application.
Programme preparation and start - once accepted, the Plymouth Institute of Education will be your first port of call for day-to-day information about the programme.

You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
The potential to study at doctoral level. This would normally be indicated by successful completion of a masters degree, but in exceptional cases may be through successful completion of a task set by the admissions tutor(s).
An ability to work collaboratively in exploring and developing experience and ideas.
That you are working in a professional context where you are responsible for supporting learning. Candidates not currently working in a professional context, but with appropriate and sufficiently extensive experience, may be considered at the discretion of the admissions tutor(s). If you are in professional practice but, in the opinion of the admissions team, do not yet have sufficient or appropriate experience to draw on, you may be deemed ineligible.
A strong commitment to educational enquiry and the ability to reflect critically on practice, as a means of professional learning.
The following points will also be taken into account in selecting candidates:

Accreditation for prior certificated learning (APCL) will be considered up to 60 credits and normally only for work completed at doctoral level within the last seven years.

Accreditation for prior experiential learning (APEL) may, exceptionally, be considered. This will be done in the line with the guidance in the programme and University regulations.

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The EdD provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to acquire a doctoral qualification by combining taught study in particular areas of interest with an extended piece of research. Read more
The EdD provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to acquire a doctoral qualification by combining taught study in particular areas of interest with an extended piece of research. The programme aims to involve small groups of professionals with a common interest, researching the rapid changes taking place in education to generate the knowledge needed to enhance learning within professional communities as well as between teachers and parents.

It is open to all suitably qualified professionals who work in education or child-related services but is specifically designed to be of interest to full or part-time professionals who would prefer a more gradual path to a doctorate than the PhD provides.

The Centre for Education Studies (CES) is proud of the diversity and excellence of research undertaken in the centre. We have a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise in education research both qualitative and quantitative. We are committed to interdisciplinarity in education studies and welcome research students who wish to pursue multidisciplinary research by supporting joint supervision with other Warwick departments.

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The Professional Doctorate is a vehicle for advanced Continuing Professional Development, not a certificate of competence to practice. Read more

Aims of the programme

The Professional Doctorate is a vehicle for advanced Continuing Professional Development, not a certificate of competence to practice. The aims of the programme are:

To critically appraise the current evidential basis of teaching, learning and assessment practice;
To develop relevant advanced specialist research, development & dissemination skills;
To make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy;

Which meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence, and is widely disseminated.

Programme Content

The Professional Doctorate consists of five modules. The first module focuses on research methods, combining an online course on research methodology, an applied dissertation and a learning plan.

The second of the programme modules comprises a critical literature review. The remaining three consist of a series of linked research projects or a combination into two or one larger project.

Up to two modules (40%) of the programme may be overtaken by Recognition of Prior Learning. Applicants with a full masters degree containing an assessed research methods component may be entitled to skip module one. Otherwise, material for RPL should not been submitted for any other award and be of doctoral standard. Peer reviewed journal publications or research reports are good examples of suitable products for recognition.

Structure of the Programme

The structure is of 5 Modules spread over 3 Levels. All modules are individually tailored to theinterests/expertise of the entrant and the needs of their employer or sponsor. They are very flexible and adapted to the needs of part-time candidates. Each Level can be independently award-bearing, if candidates wish to leave with a lesser award.

At Level 1, candidates undertake Research Methods Training and complete a Critical Analysis and Review of Research Literature (in their specialist area of choice). (You can exit here with a Postgraduate Diploma in advanced professional practice.)

At Level 2, each candidate develops an Individualised Learning Plan for future modules. They then complete a second research module on a topic of their choice. (You can exit here with a Master’s degree in advanced professional practice.)

At Level 3, there are Modules 3, 4 and 5. These are also research modules on a topic or topics of your choice. They may be related to each other or quite independent of each other. Each module is assessed by a written product of 15,000 words.

Recognition of Prior Learning is possible for up to 50% of the degree, when the material for recognition has not been submitted for any other award and when it is of a high enough standard. Peer reviewed journal publications or research reports are good examples of suitable products for recognition.

For further information about each of the Levels and modules please see the programme website.

Methods of Assessment

The total written output required is the same as Ph.D. candidates would put into one single thesis. However, for the Professional Doctorate this can be split into five modular products each of around 15,000 words each. You can combine these into larger and deeper studies if you wish, subject to the agreement of your personal supervisor. The standards and criteria are rigorous, as you would expect at doctoral level, but you are given support to ensure you achieve those standards. These written assignments are intended to be easily reducible to a paper which can be submitted for publication, and candidates are strongly encouraged and supported to do this.
All modular work is collected into a final thesis. This is then assessed by viva voce (oral) examination.

Sources of Funding

The School of Education, Social Work and Community Education is not currently offering any school scholarships.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
Many candidates approach their employers for allocation of time and/or part funding, especially where modular work relates to the employer's objectives and adds value to the employer's operations. This is entirely reasonable, as modular work will entail candidates working significantly more than their contracted hours of employment. However, candidates will also be enhancing their own promotion prospects, so it is equally reasonable to expect them to be prepared to part fund fee costs, especially where modular topics are not obviously of value to their current employers. In addition, where modular work relates to a wider national project, part of fee costs might be recouped through the project budget. Creativity and flexibility are needed in securing an appropriate balance of funding.

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This is an innovative programme offering a professionally relevant and academically rigorous opportunity for advanced study in education. Read more
This is an innovative programme offering a professionally relevant and academically rigorous opportunity for advanced study in education. The programme is designed for professionals at all levels in education, training and development, and in education-related fields.

Why this programme

-The Doctorate is comparable to a PhD in terms of scale and rigour. It differs in that it provides a structured programme of advanced study that is relevant to your profession and focused on the inter-relationship of research, policy and practice.
-There’s a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.
-As you focus your studies into specialist areas, you will benefit from the activity of our five knowledge and research transfer groups: Creativity, culture and faith; Interdisciplinary science education, technologies and learning; Professional learning and leadership; Pedagogy, policy and practice; Social justice, place and lifelong education.

Programme structure

Years 1, 2 and 3
Six taught courses each lasting one semester and each with one weekend in Glasgow. These courses are currently:
-Critical reflection in professional learning and practice
-Education policy
-Educational futures
-Ethics and education OR Lifelong learning
-Open studies one: Advancing research methods
-Open studies two: Applying research methods

Years 3 and 4
Work towards the submission of a dissertation of 50,000 to 60,000 words, supported by an appropriate supervisor.

You normally undertake two courses per year. Progressing at a normal pace, successful candidates can complete the Doctorate in five years. However, we realise that circumstances occasionally mean participants need to take a break from studies and the programme allows candidates to suspend their studies for a limited time period.

Career prospects

This programme will give you the skills and confidence to further advance your career – to the highest levels in education and education-related fields.

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