The EdD is a research degree for experienced professionals from education and related fields who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research, evaluation and high-level reflection on practice. The student cohort provides an important element of the programme.
The EdD programme aims to foster professional development through research as well as meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. From the start you will work with a specialist supervisor to begin to develop research in a field of your choice related to your professional interests. This programme has a UK focus; we also offer an internationally focused EdD programme. See http://www.ioe.ac.uk/study/RED9_EDUINT.html for details.
Programme of study and assessment The programme has three components: Taught element The taught element consists of the courses listed below. It is assessed through a portfolio of three assignments of 5,000 words each and a reflective statement. Foundations of professionalism in education This course explores models of professionalism and the different expectations of key stakeholders in education. You will think about the meaning of professionalism and the character of professional life, and reflect on your own conception of professionalism and how to develop your professional practice.
Methods of enquiry 1 This course explores the politics and purposes of different types of research and evaluation, and considers theoretical, methodological and ethical issues in the design and conduct of research. You will examine what is meant by ‘data’ in the context of educational research, and address the relationship between research and practice.
Methods of enquiry 2 This course offers training in a variety of methods of data collection and analysis used in educational research. It will enable you to formulate researchable questions and appropriate research designs, and to select and use appropriate methods.
The institution-focused study (IFS) The IFS is unique to our EdD programme. It enables you to study an organisation concerned with educational provision, organisation and support with which you are professionally connected. Most EdD students locate their study in their own employing institution.
While you are preparing for your IFS, you will attend workshops which include input from specialists. You will present the study as a report of about 20,000 words, demonstrating how it has extended your understanding and supported your professional development. You will normally present the IFS at the end of Year 2.
The thesis Your thesis, in your chosen specialist area, should be about 45,000 words in length, and should usually be related to your IFS and the taught element of the EdD. It must make a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study and afford evidence of originality and a capacity for autonomous research. At the start of the programme, we will appoint your supervisor from within one of our academic departments, who will provide you with support for your specialist studies. You will normally present your thesis at the end of Year 4. A viva voce held at the end of the programme examines both your thesis and your understanding of the integration of all the elements of your programme.
Length of programme and teaching arrangements The programme is designed to be completed in four years of part-time study; the maximum period of registration is seven years. The entry date is October each year. The taught part of the programme normally involves attendance at three Friday and Saturday blocks per term. IFS and thesis workshops will support the research component. Your supervisor will meet with you at least once a term during the taught part of the programme, and at least three times a term during the research stage.