Doctor in Education (EdD)

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Program Description

Doctor in Education (EdD)

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor in Education (EdD) programme, one of NIE’s latest university-approved programmes, is designed for professionals in education and education-related fields, who would like to extend their expertise and training and develop skills in research, evaluation, and reflection on practice. It is of value to academic staff in universities and colleges, school teachers and professionals working in international organizations. It is also suitable for senior administrators in schools, universities and educational and government bodies. It has the rigor and expectations of a Ph.D., but with a professional focus. One of the major aims of the EdD is to develop professional leaders who are able to identify and solve complex "field-based" problems. Professional doctorates stress the application of research, development of professional knowledge and creation of knowledge within the profession.

NIE’s EdD programme, benchmarked against educational doctorates from international universities with highly reputable graduate schools of education, has the following key design and delivery characteristics:

•A view of learning as located within communities of knowledge and practice, through the deliberate building of a cohort community among students,


•A teaching programme with a clear purpose and coherence, staged in such a way that it takes students’ rich and diverse professional knowledge and expertise as a starting point for their academic investigations into professional practice, and scaffolds, through carefully staged and incrementally organized coursework and assignments, their capabilities to critically examine and to research dimensions of this practice,


•A course-intensive programme (in which the coursework component makes up a substantial portion of the degree) that prepares students for, and eases the passage into dissertation research,


•Rather than a one-size-fits-all curriculum, the provision of flexibility, choice and focus through a programme that offers both core courses as well as four concentrations (Learning & Motivation, Curriculum & Teaching, Educational Leadership & Change, and Technologies & Technology-Mediated Learning Environments),


•Both extended (i.e. 12 week) and compressed (two weeks intensive in inter-semester) course delivery, ensuring that the coursework component can be completed within one-and-a-half years (full-time) and two years (part-time), and that the necessary content and research capacities for the dissertation component have already been built up by the time the final course is completed, so that the degree can be realistically finished within three or three-and-a-half years, and


•A capstone project in the form of a dissertation that demonstrates students’ mastery of the skills of rigorous and in-depth research into their professional context and a specific aspect of their practice, and provides original insight and improvement in practice.

Entry Requirements


•You must hold a Master's degree with good grades from an approved university which we judge to be of satisfactory standing, plus at least four years' relevant experience in Education or a related field.


•If you do not possess an approved Master’s degree, you may be considered if your general education, scholarship, training, and experience are deemed suitable for the course and if you are deemed as well qualified as those who are able to satisfy the normal entrance requirements. Such applicants would be considered on an individual basis, taking into account a portfolio of work and any publications.


•You may, in addition, be required to pass an approved English language test at a specified level and other tests prescribed by the Institute as a condition of administration for the degree.


You will be interviewed by the Academic Group that offers your selected concentration courses and you may be required to have gained educational and work experience as a prerequisite to these courses.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 27, 2018
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