Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Online

A minimum period of 2.5 years and a maximum 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Domestic students


The Doctor of Education is designed for education professionals who want to further their knowledge and understanding in specific areas of education.

The course integrates theory, research and practice to nurture individuals capable of exploring and enhancing educational systems and practices in local and broader communities.

Participants are encouraged to explore research topics relevant to their career interests and are required to carry out original, independent and supervised research in their chosen field of education.

In the first 18 months of candidature students study part-time and complete three research coursework units that guide and support the development of the thesis (not more than 70,000 words).

Course duration

A minimum period of 2.5 years and a maximum 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units


No deferment available.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Please note: this course is only available for commencement in Research Term B.

Course costs

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Education must comply with the Higher Degree Research Regulations.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. A master degree in education (or equivalent), with a credit average or higher; and
  2. At least five years’ relevant work experience.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Applying for admission

Career paths

Graduates may work in management positions in public and private educational agencies and associations or in leadership roles in a range of educational settings.

Pathways to further study

Pathway to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

More course information

Course Structure Students are required to complete a total of 240 credit points, consisting of:

  • 180 cp from thesis Units; and
  • 60 cp from three course work units.

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings. An option is available to undertake the EdD by Publication.


The cost of the course for local students is borne by the University as part of its Higher Degree Research student program. Students may be eligible for a commonwealth funded Research Training Program (RTP) place.


ACU offers a number of scholarships to local and international research candidates. Information about these scholarships, including the application process is available at Research Scholarships.

Contacts for Future Students

Contact res.cand@acu.edu.au (Australian and New Zealand citizens).

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents apply directly to the ACU Candidature Services.

Candidature Services, Student Administration
Australian Catholic University
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Email: Res.Cand@acu.edu.au

Contacts for future students


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