Program Description

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is concerned with the development and enhancement of professional practice, through the application of advanced knowledge and research findings to the issues, problems and challenges that face education professionals.
The EdD program is offered in blended learning mode. It is a directed higher degree program comprising both advanced coursework units and intensive research components. Students are required to participate in a one-week residential for initial course units and maintain regular communication with their supervisory team. Students are expected to have their own personal laptop.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

2 Years

Study Mode and Location

The Bachelor of Education (primary, Inservice) program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for teachers in PNG to gain a degree qualification in primary education from two years of study in flexible learning mode.


ED801 Research Problem Exploration in Context  ED802 Literature and Theoretical Critique ED803 Research Paradigms, Methodologies and  Methods 
ED804 Thesis work 1
ED805 Thesis work 2
ED806 Thesis work 3  
The program culminates with external examination of the thesis, to be passed for the candidate to be eligible for the award. The normal period of candidature would be six years part-time (equivalent to three years full-time). 



ED801 Research Problem Exploration in Context

This unit aims to assist candidates to clarify their research problem by analyzing the context from which it is derived and by deconstructing the tentative conceptual issues to illuminate and amplify the problem. Candidates will be introduced to and guided to use a comprehensive array of databases and be mentored through critical reflective experiences to generate a logical narrative, culminating in the justified articulation of their research problem as they appreciate it at this early stage. This understanding in turn is employed flexibly in the incipient investigation of the scholarly literature to produce a literature map with a major annotated literature framework accompanying it. This stage is the pre-requisite of the conceptualized literature review to be attempted in the following unit. The outcome of this unit is the basic scaffolding for three chapters of a thesis.


ED802 Literature and Theoretical Critique

This unit will engage the candidate, in close consultation with his/her supervisors in identifying the appropriate literature. From the concepts embedded in the problem articulation and by synthesising the relevant literature, the candidate will generate a conceptual framework which allows the literature to illuminate suitably an understanding of the problem as well as, where appropriate to generate defensibly the research question. The end product represents a complex reconceptualisation of the substantive knowledge matrix embedded in nurturing a sophisticated appreciation of the research problem.


ED803 Paradigms, Methodologies and Methods

In writing a research thesis it is imperative to communicate comprehensively and justify the research design underpinning the study. Thus clarity, coherency and comprehensiveness of the research design are pivotal. The purpose of this unit is to assist students to construct the design chapter of their thesis or dissertation. The unit addresses the need to develop and defend a theoretical framework and research methodology generated from the research problem. Likewise, the unit guides candidates to argue logically for a research design based on the justified research questions.

Research proposal

Presenting the research proposal is a significant milestone on the EdD journey. Candidates present and defend their proposals at a seminar. Full research student status is confirmed only after the successful submission of the Research Proposal, and an Application for Ethics Clearance.  
ED804 Thesis work 1
ED805 Thesis work 2
ED806 Thesis work 3