Doctor in Education (EdD)

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. It 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 four concentrations (Learning and Motivation, Curriculum and Teaching, Educational Leadership and Change and Technologies and Technology-Mediated Learning Environments),
  • Coursework component can be completed within one years (full-time) and one-and-a half years (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 completed, 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.
Entry Requirements
  • 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.


The programme comprises 24 Academic Units inclusive of 3 core courses, 2 specialisation courses in one of the four specialisations of your choice, 1 open elective course and a dissertation.

Core Courses
  • NEDD 901 Literature Review Methods
  • NEDD 912 Research Method I
  • NEDD 913Research Method II
Specialisation Courses

Learning and Motivation

  • EDLM901 Theory, Research, and Practice in Teaching and Learning
  • EDLM902 Understanding Learner Motivation: Theory, Research and Practice

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

Technologies & Technology-Mediated Learning Environments

  • EDTM901 Trends and Issues in the Use of ICT in Education
  • EDTM902 Theoretical Foundations of Technology-Mediated Learning Environments
Open Elective

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.
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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.

Period of Candidature

The Doctor in Education is offered on both part-time and full-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:

  • Full-time - Up to a maximum of 5 years
  • Part-time - Up to a maximum of 7 years
Application for Admission

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.

Applications who are currently working 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. Application are to be made online. More information on 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:

 1. 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.

 2. 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.

 3. 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.

You may also seek clarifications regarding a potential supervisor from the appropriate AG EdD programme leader listed here.

Application for Scholarship

Outstanding students aiming to pursue the Doctor in Education with NIE may apply for the Tan Poey Quee Doctor in Education (NIE-EdD) Scholarship.

For further information and to apply, please click here.

For enquiries, please e-mail Associate Professor Hairon Salleh at hairon.salleh@nie.edu.sg.