DCE49 will be accepting applications for 2024 from November 2023
The Doctor of Education (EdD) programme is a professional doctorate and research degree for experienced professionals from education and related fields (e.g. health education, speech and language therapy, psychology). It attracts students nationally and internationally from a variety of sectors including Early Childhood, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Further Education, Higher Education, Support Services, Management Services, System level leadership, and Industry. As such students stand to benefit from the cross-sectoral interdisciplinary nature of the programme.
The Professional Doctorate is designed for those who would like to extend their professional learning through research with a view to transformation of practice, a contribution to the field and enhanced understanding of the discipline, whilst meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. It aims to enhance students’ professional learning through supporting students to use research and scholarship to address identified gaps, issues, problems of practice, policy and /or context and to become leaders in their field and discipline.
The programme situated within Ireland’s only full Faculty of Education, DCU Institute of Education, draws upon two decades of professional doctorate studies. Students will get to work alongside senior researchers and leading experts in their fields and sectors. They will work with supervisors with expertise in their area of interest to generate new and original research.
The Professional Doctorate in the Institute of Education prides itself on being a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) which is an network of 135+ education institutions focused on professional doctorates in education. DCU Institute of Education is the only member institution outside of the USA. CPED is a professional development network which provides support for students and faculty alike in terms of programme design, annual conferences, weekly and monthly events and opportunities for collaboration and publication. CPED “envision a future where equity-minded educational professionals lead lasting and positive change for the learning and benefit of everyone”.
Within the DCU Institute of Education, students have the opportunity to collaborate with other EdD students and PhD students through the Research in Progress Seminars held fortnightly each semester and the annual Postgraduate Research Unconference held annually. These afford students opportunities to talk about their research as it unfolds and to learn from others who are on a similar journey. Other supports include the DCU writing centre, library support and graduate training opportunities by the Graduate Studies Office in DCU.
In addition to being cross sectoral and inter-disciplinary the Professional Doctorate students also focus their studies in one of the following broad Areas of Professional Focus:
- Digital Learning
- Education for Sustainable Futures
- Inclusive and Special Education
- Leadership and Evaluation
- Professional Learning and Teacher Education
This allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding in an Area of Professional Focus while at the same time help them to situate their emerging perspectives within national and international discourses with a view to shaping and giving direction to existing and emerging policy and practice agendas. During the first two years, students engage in two modules focusing on their Area of Professional Focus, and five core modules which all students attend together.
It is also intended that the participants will have an opportunity to:
- Situate their learning and research within their own professional practice
- Develop problem-solving skills for authentic and critical problems of practice in partnership with others;
- Apply their learning to their professional practice and/or context;
- Develop project management and time management skills;
- Develop and enhance their leadership potential as well as the skills appropriate for collaboration, networking, and teamwork and communication skills;
- Develop interpersonal and intra-personal reflective capacities, critical and analytical skills and presentational skills;
- Extend their knowledge of and expertise in competing and complementary research paradigms and genres (including philosophical approaches to enquiry);
- Critique policy frameworks and their application in the interrogation of policy documents and/or; international contemporary issues and the manner in which these are refracted nationally within educational discourses;
- Critically engage with published research, become highly skilled in academic writing and publishing for a variety of educational audiences.
The programme, offered within DCU's Institute of Education includes assessed taught courses, research-focused workshops and supervised original research.
Our part-time EdD programme is typically over four years with the first two years involving a taught programme and the final two years focused on research under the guidance of your supervisor(s).
The Doctor of Education programme is a blended learning programme with a mix of on-campus and online sessions. Building community and cohort solidarity is an important aspect of the programme and therefore year one starts with an on campus summer school in August, where students get to meet their colleagues and faculty in a supportive environment. Semester one of the first year consists of two weekends on campus and one week online while semester two has one weekend on campus and two weekends online. Year two will also have six weekends in total, three on campus and three online. Weekends typically consist of Friday evening lectures 4.30 - 8.30 and Saturday lectures 9.00 - 6.00 pm.
The online aspect of the programme consists of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous learning to facilitate flexible learning periods, interactive and self-directed learning, reflection and meaningful critical conversations. An online platform (Loop) is available for access to material from on campus and online sessions.
The Institute of Education at DCU represents the largest critical mass of education expertise on the island of Ireland. It provides initial teacher education and continuous professional development for teachers and educators at all stages of the educational continuum. It seeks to provide opportunities for educators in a diverse range of environments - including schools, healthcare, industrial and commercial settings - to engage with research and ideas that will allow them transform their professional practice.
Graduate Studies are central to the mission of the Institute. Masters and doctoral students, on both taught and research programmes, make up one quarter of DCU's student body, and are the most diverse group in the University.
Mature students, international students and part time students are all highly represented and contribute to the rich learning environment within the Institute and across the University more generally.
The Doctor of Education is intended for experienced professionals who wish to take on leadership roles and make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in education and related fields.
Applications for this programme are now open. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for an application form. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is March 31st, 2022.
General Entry Requirements:
The minimum entry requirements for the programme is a second class or higher Master's degree (or equivalent) in education or a specific discipline area appropriate for one of the Areas of Professional Focus.
All candidates are typically required to have a minimum of five years professional experience or hold a position of responsibility for at least five years related to the chosen Area of Professional Focus.
In exceptional circumstances only, candidates for a Professional Doctorate degree who do not meet the stipulated entry requirements based on their cognate degree but who can demonstrate exceptional ability or aptitude for academic research may apply to pursue studies for a research degree. They may base their application on recognition of their accredited or experiential prior learning, in line with University policies in this regard.
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