Doctor of Education (Professional Doctorate)
The Doctor of Education emphasises the contribution of research to professional practice and builds on a combination of coursework and thesis. It starts with two year-long coursework subjects followed by supervised research culminating in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which is assessed by external examiners. The thesis can be in an applied area, allowing you to make an intensive investigation in your own professional field.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 10.
Academic entry requirement
You must have completed an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent, plus at least three years of relevant professional experience. You are also required to provide evidence of research expertise.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.
This course leads to work as a leading teacher, university lecturer/tutor, education researcher, principal, professional educator.
Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.
We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.
We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.
A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.
Fees and scholarships
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.
CRICOS code: 009388B