Postgraduate study
Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Doctorate Education

The Doctorate in Education offers you the opportunity to combine advanced academic study with professional experience in a manner decided largely by you, with the support of a Director of Studies and the programme team.

Course information

Full-time

  • 3-4 years

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Part-time

  • 4-6 years

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  • Tuesday evenings and additional negotiated tutorials with Director of Studies
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

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    Education, Early Childhood & Youth facilities

    The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in educational. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.

 

The programme provides you with the chance to consider the role of research in educational practice and what that means for you as an educator-researcher before embarking on your thesis. Initial modules focus on the philosophical and conceptual underpinnings of practice and research. You are encouraged to develop your reflexivity, positioning yourself as a critically informed practitioner within a field understood as inevitably problematic but open to exploration and possible change through research.

Whilst some educational doctorate provision provides a programme of modules covering aspects of sociology, psychology, education, research methods and health studies, this programme focuses on a core of reflection on the combination of research and educational praxis, remaining flexible in its assessment strategy so as to enable you to focus on your own area of interest. It will position you as a creative agent able to use academic study and practice to inform each other and synthesise the two to develop responses to challenges and opportunities in practice.

The structure of the programme is partly shared with our MA Education and you can progress on to the Doctorate of Education with the successful completion of 60 M-level credits.

Part-time students have the choice of studying either a first module around combining academic and professional practice, ,for those wish to locate to academic enquiry within their own site of practice or focus on the role of theory and the role of the researcher. You are then expected to study two research modules, one on secondary and one on primary research to prepare you for the research thesis, an advanced independent study of approximately 55,000 words.

Studying part-time, the thesis is expected to take a minimum of two years.

Modules

Core modules

Advanced Independent Study (Thesis)

This module involves the completion of a doctoral level thesis through a self-initiated research project that significantly contributes to the development of new knowledge within the context of education.

This research project will be based on a proposal and literature review developed in previous modules on the programme, subject to these being agreed by the progression panel including the supervisory team and external examiner.

Assessment will be via two stages: a submission and preliminary assessment of a thesis of, normally, a word length of around 55,000 words and a viva where the you are expected to defend the thesis by oral examination. You are required to successfully complete this in order to be eligible for the Doctorate in Education.

Educational Research: Practice and Planning

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills you require to undertake systematic primary research in the field of education as part of your Advanced Independent Study module.
To this end the module explores and questions the uses and applications of research methodologies, data collection methods, data analysis methods and issues of ‘good practice’ including reliability, validity and ethics.

There will be 32 hours of tutor support available through workshops, project supervision etc. but the module will emphasise your autonomy in determining, in a reflexive manner, appropriate decision making and independent learning.

Integrating Secondary and Primary Research in Education

This module aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to plan a literature search and construct a literature review at doctoral level. Thus, through a secondary-research project, you undertake a review of research evidence that is relevant to your practice and area of interest, and you analyse the place of literature reviews in the educational research process. This enables you to adopt a critical approach towards theory and research evidence and, linking secondary and primary research and practice, to create the conceptual framework for your future thesis.

 

and one optional module (part-time students)

Combining Professional and Academic Practice

You study with other students from a range of educational backgrounds and can consolidate your professional development and academic knowledge. You focus on an educational issue that’s relevant to you, negotiated with your tutor. You apply learning from contemporary academic theory and research, reflecting on how the issue may enhance practice. This module is suitable for practitioners and non-practitioners. Assessment is a 4,500-word critical commentary supported by a portfolio of evidence focused on an aspect of professional educational activity - this is 100% of your final mark.

Philosophy and Stance in Educational Inquiry

This module provides the option of beginning doctoral studies with a focus on the philosophical basis of your approach to both education and knowledge. Situating you as a creator of knowledge from the outset, the focus in this module, which is an alternative to Combining Academic and Professional Practice as a first module, will be on examining and articulating your ontology as both a researcher and an educator, leading to an understanding and articulation of your approach to epistemology. It is a useful starting point on the programme for those students who wish to start their studies with an examination of the philosophical basis of their future educational enquiry.

 

Full-time students

Philosophy and Stance in Educational Inquiry

This module provides the option of beginning doctoral studies with a focus on the philosophical basis of your approach to both education and knowledge. Situating you as a creator of knowledge from the outset, the focus in this module, which is an alternative to Combining Academic and Professional Practice as a first module, will be on examining and articulating your ontology as both a researcher and an educator, leading to an understanding and articulation of your approach to epistemology. It is a useful starting point on the programme for those students who wish to start their studies with an examination of the philosophical basis of their future educational enquiry.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This programme places the student as a researcher-practitioner at the centre of their own learning process. Student's research based learning and their identity as an academic-professional educator is the focus of a journey facilitated by a consistent lead tutor/Director of Studies, from the onset of the programme.

This takes place alongside a cohort based approach to ensure the peer learning and support that is highly valued by students undertaking professional doctorates and which is enhanced further by the shared delivery with the MA programme.

How you are assessed

The initial modules all provide 60 D level credits and focus on the practice of researching education practice and theory in a creative and critical way. Each requires a 6,000 word essay and is based around:
• successful creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research and advanced scholarship;
• the ability to continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level.

All the modules enable you to engage with issues of importance to educational practice and research in a manner that gives you responsibility for the focus of study and assessment, as is appropriate at this advanced level of study.

Module assessment strategies make use of your choice of study area to ensure that the subject of assessment is relevant to your own and/or your institution’s professional practice. This ensures an appropriate combination of academic study and professional focus as well as the understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of educational theory and practice.

The programme culminates in production of a thesis of around 55,000 words assessed by a viva voce.

Career opportunities

The programme is designed to enable you to consolidate and build upon previous learning and experience in your working role. It is a key to new opportunities in education, whichever setting or sector you currently operate within.

It is intended to create close links between the programme activities and content in relation to on-going professional practice. You are likely to have already undergone considerable training and professional development but it is expected that this qualification will enhance your development even further.

Entry requirements

You are expected to be engaged as a professional in education and as such the preferred route for study is part-time. However, if you can make a compelling case for your likely success at completing the programme in a shorter, more intensive fashion, and are engaged in full-time employment then you may be considered for full-time study.

The programme equates to 540 credits, of which up to 60 may be M Level credits. To be accepted onto the programme you will normally have achieved a relevant and appropriate Master's level qualification within the last 5 years and have at least 2 years professional experience in a relevant field. If you have yet to achieve this amount of M level credits then you could complete the required amount by studying two modules on our Master's in Education programme.

If you have completed 60 credits in a relevant and appropriate level 7 programme of study within the last 5 years, for example, you have achieved a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in an education or research methods based programme, or have been awarded 60 credits on the Teesside University Master's in Education, you have advanced standing of 60 M level credits towards the EdD. In some circumstances you may be accepted with other experience or qualifications or involvement in educational research activity.

All applications will be subject to interview, which will normally involve two members of the programme team and take place at Teesside University, (although this can be arranged to take place via Skype if necessary), and the furnishing of two suitable references concerning the candidate's academic attainment and fitness for research in the area of education.

The interview will be informal but applicants will be expected to give considered answers to questions concerning their:
• past educational experience
• views on the relationship of research to practice
• potential ideas for original research
• reflections on their own ontological and epistemological stance

The team will reach a decision on the application based on a judgement as to our ability to satisfactorily support the area of study or approach to research you seek to pursue.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 3-4 years

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 4-6 years

More part-time details

  • Tuesday evenings and additional negotiated tutorials with Director of Studies
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

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