The Doctor in Education (EdD) programme is designed for professionals in education and education-related fields. It is targeted at professionals who have a commitment to improvements at their workplace, and in extending and honing their professional expertise in their respective fields of education in both research and practice domains.
The current programme structure with a total of nine specialisations is a significant step forward in expanding the impact of the NIE EdD as a doctorate for professionals in education and education-related fields. The programme affords deeper learning in six courses (each of 4 Academic Units) with the total coursework requirement remaining at 24 Academic Units. Working with a Research Supervisor, students continue to complete a dissertation of 60,000 words and conduct rigorous and in-depth research to make significant contribution to the scholarship and advancement of educational practice. The revision of the fee structure in 2018 from semester-based to course-based will afford greater flexibility to students in terms of pace and scope of learning without compromising depth of learning, thus maintaining the high quality of doctoral work by our students.
NIE's EdD programme acknowledges expertise that candidates have attained in their field by respecting and building on the wealth of their professional knowledge, while at the same time inviting them to examine and investigate their professional knowledge in a reflective, collaborative, critical and research-based way so as to make meaningful significant impact on professional practice, and on their own professionalism and professional identities. The programme also prepares candidates for leadership in managerial and administrative positions who can use and extend existing knowledge to solve educational problems. It is of value to academic staff in universities and colleges, school leaders and teacher leaders in both private and public organizations, and professionals engaging in education and education-related work in private and public settings. It has the rigour and expectations of a PhD, but with a professional focus. The EdD programme seeks to engender professional leaders who can demonstrate that they have critically reflect and examine the professional knowledge in their respective fields of education, yet make significant contribution to the scholarship of educational professional practice. It also seek to empower professional leaders to demonstrate advancement in the investigation of educational professional practice through the conduct of systematic and rigorous inquiry into a field-based issue or problem, and in so doing, provide a good response to current and emerging complex real world problems.
The 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 nine specialisations,
- Coursework component can be completed within 1 yrs (full-time) and 1.5 yrs (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 complete, and
- 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.
You must hold a Bachelor's and 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 education-related fields.
You may, in addition, be required to pass an approved English language test at a specified level and other prescribed tests.
You will be interviewed by the Academic Group that offers your selected specialisation courses, and may be required to have gained educational and work experience as a prerequisite to these courses.For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.
There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in April/May to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.
Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.
Applications are to be made online. Click here to sign up for an ISAAC (Integrated Student and Academic Administration System) account to apply with us. For those with an existing account, login to apply.
More information on required documents for application can be found here.
You will be required to state your approved Research Topic and name of EdD Supervisor in your application document. Before you submit a formal application, please identify your prospective supervisor in your desired research. To identify a potential supervisor:
- Browse through the various Academic Groups’ webpages on the NIE website and find the Academic Group that is most relevant to your area of research interest. If your proposed research is interdisciplinary, you may need to look at more than
one Academic Group.
Specialisation Academic Group AG EdD programme leaders Curriculum and Teaching Policy, Curriculum and Leadership Asst/P Heng Tang Tang Educational Leadership and Change Policy, Curriculum and Leadership A/P Jonathan Goh English English Language and Literature Dr. Willy Ardian Renandya Humanities and Social Studies Humanities and Social Studies Education Dr. Chee Min Fui Learning and Motivation Psychology and Child & Human Development A/P Gregory Arief D Liem Mathematics Mathematics and Mathematics Education A/P Leong Yew Hoong Science Natural Sciences and Science Education A/P Lee Yew Jin Technologies and Technology-Mediated Learning Environments Learning Sciences and Assessment A/P Shanti Divaharan Visual and Performing Arts Visual and Performing Arts A/P Leonard Tan Yuh Chaur
- Browse through the faculty staff profiles on the Academic Group’s webpages. Read faculty CVs and their publications to identify one (or two) faculty whose research expertise matches your research interests.
- Email the potential supervisor with your initial research idea or proposal. The faculty member may request to meet with you to discuss your research idea.
The programme comprises 24 Academic Units inclusive of 3 core courses, 2 specialisation courses in one of the nine specialisations of your choice, 1 open elective course, and a dissertation.
- NEDD901 Literature Review Methods
- NEDD912 Research Methods I
- NEDD913 Research Methods II
Curriculum and Teaching
- EDCT901 Inquiry into Curriculum and Teaching
- EDCT902 Advanced Studies on Assessment and Learning
Educational Leadership and Change
- EDLC901 Current and Emerging Theories and Practices in Leadership and Management
- EDLC902 Ethics for Leaders
- EDEL901 Sociolinguistic Perspectives on the Classroom
- EDEL902 Language and Literature Education
- EDEL903 Bilingualism and Biliteracy: Theory and Practice
- EDEL904 Critical Literacy: Theory, Practice, and Research in Context
Humanities and Social Studies
- EDHS901 Critical Reading and Writing in Humanities Education
- EDHS902 Inquiry into Curriculum and Curriculum Leadership in Social Studies
Learning and Motivation
- EDLM901 Theory, Research, and Practice in Teaching and Learning
- EDLM902 Understanding Learner Motivation: Theory, Research and Practice
- EDLM903 Advances in Early Childhood Education: Issues and Trends
- EDLM904 Advances in Special Education: Issues and Trends
- EDME901 Theoretical Perspective and Issues in Mathematics Education Research
- EDME902 Curriculum Studies in Mathematics
- EDSC901 Foundations of Science and Science Education
- EDSC902 Science Curriculum Change and Curriculum Evaluation
- EDSC903 Science as Practice
- EDSC904 Assessment of Students’ Alternative Conceptions and Conceptual Change
- EDSC905 Science Discourse: Language, Literacy and Argumentation
- EDSC906 Representations and New Media in Science Education
- EDSC907 Critical Studies in Science Education
Technologies and Technology-Mediated Learning Environments
- EDTM901 Trends and Issues in the Use of ICT in Education
- EDTM902 Theoretical Foundations of Technology-Mediated Learning Environments
Visual and Performing Arts
- EDVP901 Research and Issues in Art Education
- EDVP902 Visual Arts and Creativity
- EDVP911 Drama Education, Curriculum and Assessment
- EDVP912 The Teacher as Facili-Actor
- EDVP921 Issues in Music Education
- EDVP922 Philosophy of Music Education
One elective course from the general graduate offerings at NIE to be chosen in consultation with the Research Supervisor.
A 60,000 word research-on-practice based dissertation.
Important note for matriculated students:
Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications (refer to Admission Requirements for list of programme leaders).
Note: Programme structure is subject to changes
The Doctor in Education is offered on both part-time and full-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:
Up to a maximum of 5 years
Up to a maximum of 7 years