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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). It 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 characterised by a professional orientation and a supportive structure. It aims to develop your skills in educational research and enquiry, and your ability 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. It is a part-time programme of study, lasting three and a half calendar years.

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Qualifications available:

Doctorate in Education (EdD). Candidates who undertake this qualification are entitled to use the title Dr.

Fees:

For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Please see the EdD application process section of How to apply.

Potential research projects

Projects are invited within the following academic study areas:

  • Childhood and youth studies, incorporating inclusive/special education and child development
  • Educational studies, incorporating teacher development and professional learning; creative teaching and learning; pedagogy and curriculum; equity and assessment; developing lifelong learning and educational leadership and management
  • Language and literacies, incorporating language and literacy, and language learning and teaching
  • Technology-enhanced learning, incorporating online and distance education and learning in a range of formal and informal contexts such as schools and museums.

Current/recent research projects

The following are titles of theses that have achieved an EdD. These titles are examples only and your own specific area of interest will probably differ:

  • Using songs to enhance language learning in the Cypriot primary EFL classroom
  • The formation of teaching identities among novice social science tutors: a longitudinal study at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Unravelling reading: evaluating the effectiveness of strategies used to support adults’ reading skills
  • Challenging behaviours and inclusion in a secondary school: perceptions, policies and practices
  • Workplace learning
  • Girls’ friendships within school
  • Managing educational change employing action research.

Potential supervisors

The EdD programme is organised into a number of research areas which are led by the following Area Coordinators who will explore potential supervisors for you:

  • Dr Gill Clifton – Area A: Inclusive/special education
  • Dr Natalie Canning – Area B: Child and youth studies
  • Dr Clare Lee – Area C: Teacher development and professional learning
  • Dr Felicity Fletcher-Campbell – Area D: Curriculum, equity and assessment
  • Dr Jitka Vseteckova – Area E: Developing lifelong learning
  • Dr Azumah Dennis – Area F: Educational leadership and management
  • Janet Solar – Area G: Language and literacy
  • Dr Ursula Stickler – Area H: Language learning and teaching
  • Dr Beck Pitt – Area J: Technology-enhanced learning

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
June Ayres, Programme Administrator
Email:
CREET-EdD@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 653789

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.