The Doctor of Education offers professionals the opportunity to undertake advanced research into the teaching profession and the field of education. Candidates will undertake practice-based independent research that informs research-led practice at the highest level of originality and quality.
Note: Applications for research programs are accepted at any time with successful candidates commencing on a quarterly intake basis.
Education Research at Western
Candidates will uncover new knowledge and add to the field of education research through the discovery of new information, the formulation of theories, the innovative re-interpretation of established ideas or the application of established research in new contexts.
Five areas form the basis of study available under the Doctor of Education:
The degree requires you to produce an examinable portfolio of work that is text based, and may include other communication mediums such as video or online resources.
You will be expected to participate in research training and development activities, contribute to the research culture at Western, and maintain a professional profile of high standard during your candidature.
As part of your research training, you will also be encouraged to publish or present your work to the public and contribute to policy and planning debates in your area of expertise.
Research in Education
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As a Doctor of Education graduate, you will develop a range of skills and experience that can be applied to career paths in:
- Tertiary education
- Early-childhood and primary education
- Policy analysis, research and development
As a researcher at a university, you will undertake world-class research in your area of expertise. You will uncover new knowledge and make a lasting impact in your field of research. Many academic researchers also work as lecturers at their university.
As a lecturer at a university, you will prepare and deliver subjects in your area of expertise. You will teach students from a wide range of backgrounds and help to further their education in their chosen field. Many university lecturers also combine their work with academic research.
School Principals plan, organise and coordinate the educational and administrative aspects of primary and secondary schools. This includes overseeing the management of both the physical infrastructure of the school and the people who work within it.
Education Policy Advisor
As an education policy advisor, you will be challenged to provide strategic advice, build strong relationships and help to transform the future of education. You may find a role in government, with a private education provider or at a school or university.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.