The EdD is a research degree for experienced professionals from education and related fields who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research, evaluation and high-level reflection on practice.
The programme, offered within DCU's Institute of Education, and combining the two well-established DCU/Mater Dei and St. Patrick's College EdDs, aims to foster professional development through research as well as meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. It includes assessed taught courses, research-focused workshops and supervised original research.
Through a strong group dynamic, the intention of the programme is to foster cohort solidarity, develop inter- and intra-personal skills that are critical for teamwork, while simultaneously developing writing, research, critical, analytical, communication, leadership and collaborative skills to the highest possible standards. The intention is to educate an existing emergent educational leadership in the Irish context to the highest possible international standards.
Dublin City University
The minimum entry requirements for the programme will a second class or higher Master's degree (or equivalent) in education or a specific discipline area appropriate for one of the strands. For the educational leadership strand, candidates will be required to hold or have held a position involving managerial responsibility for at least four years (pre- or post-masters). Candidates for the religious education strand must hold or have held a position in religious education or related field for at least four years (pre- or post-masters). In exceptional circumstances, the Programme Board shall make appropriate recommendations to Academic Council for candidates who do not fully meet these criteria. In all cases, such recommendations shall be approved in accordance with the University's APEL guidelines and in line with general University regulations. Upon application, the candidate will submit a draft 2,000 word proposal addressing the following issues: A broad outline of the area of the research the candidate would like to pursue; a rationale for choosing this area and the likely benefits that might accrue from it; the nature of the candidate's experience relevant to this research. A formal, more developed, research proposal will be submitted at the end of year two.