The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an innovative programme designed for professionals in education and related areas who want to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational issues. It is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates skill in applied research and strong professional development. Successful candidates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Education and are entitled to use the title ‘Dr’.
The EdD is characterised by a professional orientation and a supportive structure. It aims to develop skills in educational research and enquiry and to use these in order to carry out research that will contribute to professional knowledge and practice. A growing number of professionals regard this style of doctoral programme as being a more appropriate vehicle for their further development than the traditional PhD.
The EdD is a structured three-and- a-half year part-time programme of study. The first year centres on a literature review and an initial research study. The next two years involve supported and supervised research. In addition to support from their supervisors throughout their studies, EdD students work with other students and experts at residential weekends in the first and third years and at a day school in the third year. They are also encouraged to take part in a series of online seminars.
IET is responsible for the technology-enhanced learning (TEL) strand of the EdD programme. TEL students research a wide variety of areas. Examples include:
- Developing online teacher communities to support communication and collaboration
- Collaboration in online courses in Slovakia
- An investigation into the role of professional learning on the online teaching identities of higher education lecturers
- Developing digital historians in Italy
- On the Scope of Digital Vocabulary Trainers for Learning in Distance Education
EdD students in IET all also belong to the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Created in 2004 to bring together researchers from across the Open University, CREET is one of the largest educational research centres in the UK and is recognised internationally as a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence. IET’s EdD and PhD studentships sit within CREET’s research themes: Childhood Studies, Education Futures, Technology Enhanced Learning and Languages & Applied Linguistics. CREET works together with the IET and the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics in providing a world-leading research environment and developing field-defining contributions in these chosen themes.
How to Apply
Applications for PhD study with IET should be made through the Open University’s Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET).