- The first of its kind in North America, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education is evidence of Athabasca University's global leadership in distance education teaching, scholarship, and programming innovation.
The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education is a professional doctoral degree, intended for practitioners and those with career experience in distance education. The degree provides rigorous preparation for advanced responsibilities and leadership in the field, similar to other professional degrees such as the Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Public Administration, Doctor of Psychology, and the Doctor of Creative Arts.
The professional doctoral program, though relatively new in most professional fields, has a well-defined set of objectives and competencies:
- understanding of and proficiency with professionally relevant knowledge and practice;
- advanced research and communication skills;
- opportunity for advanced practice and socialization within a professional community.
- In addition, the professional doctoral candidate is expected to make an original and significant contribution to the profession in which they are a member, as part of qualifying for the degree.
- A major benefit of professional doctoral degrees is the explicit attempt to move research and advanced knowledge generation from the university context to a wider application in the workplace. By its sponsorship of advanced professional study, the university expands its capability to provide resources, motivation, support, and credentialing for knowledge generation, research, and teaching in the field. Further, the university brings to the professional workplace its capacity and experience in linking theory with practice, as well as its considerable expertise in teaching and research. As a result, the professional doctoral program also benefits from greater integration within the professional community.
- This transition to a workplace context is in keeping with Athabasca University’s tradition of openness and expansion of opportunity for students. It creates a relevant and accessible learning context designed for the working professional. It leads to the development of skills valued in the community, and serves as a visible indicator of Athabasca University’s contribution to innovative forms of higher education and community service. In addition, the research component of the doctorate degree provides discoveries of new knowledge, leading to its dissemination and implementation in the community.
- Athabasca University is the first Canadian university to be awarded accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
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With an emphasis on building a scholarly community of learners, the program is cohort-based and accepts 12 students annually. The program is delivered at a distance, with the exception of an initial onsite 5-day orientation workshop at the beginning of the first year of study.
- Advanced Topics and Issues in Distance Education
- Advanced Research Methods in Education
- Teaching and Learning in Distance Education
- Leadership and Project Management in Distance Education
- Research Seminar I
- Research Seminar II
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- StartingApply anytime.
- Regular mandatory meetings
- Continuous support with feedback on request
- Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
A completed admission package, consisting of the following:
- a completed application form;
- their curriculum vitae;
- a Statement of Intent (750 – 1250 words);
- a description of their research background and interests (750 – 1250 words);
- three letters of reference, from people who are familiar with their work and can comment on their ability to do research and succeed in advanced studies;
- official transcripts, sent directly to the Centre for Distance Education from the originating institution(s).
- a non-refundable application processing fee.
International12057 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 48228 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
National12057 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 48228 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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