Faculty of Education and Social Work

2016 - Curriculum and Pedagogy for the 21st Century

The School Curriculum and Pedagogy is offering a Doctor of Education (EdD) inquiry pathway to generate new knowledge and lead research and innovation in 21st Century learning.

Int:Quick facts
Qualification Doctor of Education (EdD)
Focus Curriculum and pedagogy in education, health, government, social and community settings.
Length Normally completed over four to six years.
Delivery First two years are studied part-time with cohort meetings designed to meet the needs of working professionals
Points 360 (reserach portfolio and thesis)
Starts Semester 2, 2016 (mid-July)
Contact Doctoral and Postgraduate Research Administrator, Leigh Beever: l.beever@auckland.ac.nz
or 09 623 8812 (Intl: +64 9 623 8812)


  • Offers students a relevant world-class doctorate to address 21st century educational challenges.
  • Is grounded in questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.
  • Prepares educators to construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organisations, and communities.
  • Provides field-based opportunities to analyse problems of practice and use multiple research perspectives to develop meaningful solutions.
  • Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.
  • Emphasises the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice.

The EdD will be taught by leading educators in cohort-based meetings and is designed to enable you to undertake doctoral level study part-time while continuing to work in your profession. A wide range of theory, research and methods will be presented and explored to guide you through the design of your own research.

The School of  Curriculum and Pedagogy has supervision expertise in all curriculum areas, as well as digital technologies, assessment, pedagogical practices, and teaching as inquiry. You will be at the forefront of generating new knowledge on Curriculum and Pedagogy to meet the demands of the 21st Century.


Benefits for the students

The EdD inquiry pathway will create opportunities for research on practice in Curriculum and Pedagogy in a wide range of educational settings including schools, health sectors, government and community.

Professionals from a variety of settings will explore the latest research, developments and innovations in Curriculum and Pedagogy and the challenges and opportunities these bring for 21st Century Learning.

As an experienced professional you will have the opportunity to embark on meaningful and purposeful inquiry into your context and community or field of research interest, along with a supportive and collaborative cohort group.

  • Flexible part-time programme for the first two years
  • Cohesive cohort support for professionals (4-6 yrs)
  • Culturally inclusive and responsive scholarship
  • Research foci to serve surrounding schools, communities and society
  • Staff and supervision expertise and connections to global scholarship in the field.

Structure and timeline

Course number

Mini course focus








(60 points)

Problems of Practice in Curriculum and Pedagogy

2016 Semester 2 (Evenings)

Critical Literature Review: Contemporary Curriculum and Pedagogical Issues


Methodology and methods for inquiring into practice

2017 Semester 1


Methodology Project:

Intensive Quantitative Methods and

Qualitative Methods

And Mixed Methods



(60 points)

Inquiry into  your context and community or field of research interest

2017 Semester 1


Critical Discussion paper or paper readt to be submitted for publication


Designing your research portfolio and research proposal

2018 Semester 2


Detailed research proposal



Academic staff

The academic staff listed below are from the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy and are the team you will work with during the first part of your EdD programme.


Team members



To be eligible for the Doctor of Education you should have a masters degree or equivalent and experience working in the education sector or similar. Applicants with an equivalent degree outside education and can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be also considered. 

View the full application and entry requirements.

The expected route for an EdD is to have completed a Masters or Honours degree in Education. However, subject to approval, those who have an equivalent degree outside of education and can demonstrate relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Find out more about the EdD programme.


Who to contact

Direct Dial: 09 623 8812 (Intl: +64 9 623 8812)