Courses & Units

Course rules for E9D Doctor of Education


1. Entry into the course is at the discretion of the Head of School and usual requirements for entry would include a teaching qualification with honours or an educational postgraduate coursework qualification or extensive teaching experience. All candidates will be provisionally enrolled in the Ed.D. program and must successfully complete coursework units EPA950, EPA951, EPA952 and EPA953 to progress to the research component. Progression beyond this point will be decided by way of a formal process of Confirmation of Candidature.

2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than six years from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall:

pass five units comprising:

(a) a compulsory core of five units;

4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise recommended by the Faculty and approved by the Dean of Graduate Research, be in accordance with Schedule A accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Education and as summarised in Schedule A.

6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 25% weighting in that Semester.

7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

9. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty via the Dean of Graduate Research specify what a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree. A maximum of 50% credit may be given for qualifications previously awarded.


10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently: and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Doctor of Education prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards the Doctor of Education by that date.

12. Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Doctor of Education under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2010 will be entitled to transfer to the degree with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those Doctor of Education specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.

13. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

14. The approved abbreviation for the degree shall be Ed.D.