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Doctor of Education (EdD)
Awarded by Northeastern University
Course Registration No. : 262066
This programme aims to instill in experienced educators and educational administrators to cultivate skills and knowledge for transformational change in the higher education reform in Hong Kong. A majority of prospective students looking to embark on this doctoral programme are those having serviced the education sector for years including lecturers, teachers, administrators, advisers and inspectors. In the course of study, they will learn to develop their research skills to be applicable to their workplace.

Students normally take 3 years to complete their coursework and doctoral thesis. Students take 13 courses and a Doctoral Thesis Seminar in support of their doctoral thesis.

In Hong Kong, Northeastern University is able to provide supervision in 2 principal areas of research: 
Higher Education Administration Concentration
Organizational Leadership Studies Concentration

Candidates who successfully complete the program will be awarded the prestigious Doctor of Education (EdD) degree of Northeastern University. The degree is the same as that awarded to on-campus candidates of the university. Graduates will be allowed to use the title EdD after their names.

The EdD comprises of intensive coursework component and a research component. It can be completed in a minimum of 3 years.
Programme Structure
Period Concentration

Higher Education Administration

Organizational Leadership Studies
Year 1 Term 1 Introduction to Doctoral Studies  Introduction to Doctoral Studies
Term 2 Transforming Human Systems
Transforming Human Systems
Term 3 Learning and Human Development Learning and Human Development
Leadership Theory and Research Leadership Theory and Research
Term 4 Global and Historical Perspectives of Higher Education Organisation Theory and Design
Organisational Systems and Institutional Governance Organisational Learning and Systems Thinking
Year 2
Term 5 Fundamentals of Research Fundamentals of Research
Legal Environment of Higher Education Contemporary Models of Leadership
Term 6 Research Design Research Design
Financial Decision-making in Higher Education Global Perspectives on Org Culture
Term 7 Proposal Development Proposal Development
Student Engagement in Higher Education Organisational Communication
Term 8 (Summer) Strategic Management in Higher Education Doctoral Seminar in Organisational Leadership
Year 3 Doctoral Thesis Seminar *
During the Doctoral Thesis Seminar students work on their doctoral thesis under the supervision of their faculty research advisor

Doctoral Thesis Continuation
Students have four quarters to complete doctoral thesis (submit an approved thesis report and successfully defend before the doctoral thesis committee), starting with the term they enroll into the Doctoral Thesis Seminar.
* Candidates who do not defend their thesis within four terms are enrolled into the thesis continuation section and charged one quarter hour of tuition per term until they satisfied the requirements to complete the program.

Higher Education Administration Concentration Modules
Global and Historical Perspectives of Higher Education
Organizational Systems and Institutional Governance
Legal Environment of Higher Education
Financial Decision-making in Higher Education
Student Engagement in Higher Education
Strategic Management in Higher Education

Organizational Leadership and Communication Concentration Modules

Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking
 Global Perspectives on Org Culture
 Organizational Communication
 Contemporary Models of Leadership
 Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Leadership
 Organizational Theory and Design

Students normally take 3 years to complete their coursework and doctoral thesis
2 years course work
1 year doctoral thesis with supervisor support

Medium of Instruction

Teaching Mode
This programme is structured in an “online” and “on ground” blended format. Design and implementation of doctoral thesis is supported by the Doctoral Thesis Seminar. Students should enroll in the seminar upon completion of their 13 coursework and redirect their energies to the thesis. Students are also required to take 2 modules concurrently in each term.
Online mode
There are 11 modules in this programme offer completely online. Students can make use of the Northeastern University learning platform to access online learning materials and study either at workplace or home. Each module may last from 8 to 12 weeks.
On ground mode
There are 2 modules in this programme offer at 7 days face-to-face instruction in Hong Kong over 2 weeks, with the remainder of the coursework offers online. Each module last for 8 weeks.

Assessment Method
There is a continuous assessment on the coursework of each module and the assessment criteria of each module may vary. All coursework modules and the doctoral thesis proposal must be satisfactorily completed before progression to Doctoral Thesis.
The thesis should be a significant contribution to knowledge in the concentration concerned and demonstrate the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research. The length of the report may vary across concentrations and should not normally exceed 100-200 doubled spaced pages plus appendices and bibliography.

Doctoral Thesis Seminar (Online)
During the Doctoral Thesis Seminar students work on their doctoral thesis under the supervision of their faculty research advisor

Doctoral Thesis
During the Doctoral Thesis Seminar students work on their doctoral thesis under the supervision of their faculty research advisor
Students who share same interests in particular research areas will be assigned to a Scholar-Practitioner Community (SPC). Initial themes, problems or project concepts will be originated from student interest in specific problems related to their professional experience. Through a facilitated process, students and faculty advisor work together to form groups of approximately 10 students as a unit (group + faculty advisor) with a common overarching theme or project focus.
Student is required to prepare the individual doctoral thesis proposal with approximately 20-25 pages. Presentation of the doctoral thesis proposal is also required by all students. Once the doctoral thesis proposal has been approved by the faculty advisor, student can then proceed to doctoral thesis. The doctoral thesis is generally 100-200 doubled spaced pages plus appendices and bibliography.
After students submit their final thesis, the assessment team will have defense session that can be done either by teleconference, video conference or question posted online. Students must present and defend their doctoral thesis in front of faculty review committees. Each defense takes approximately 45 minutes, and focuses primarily on the finding and outcomes of the thesis.
Programme Start Date
Sep 2017 - Intake 7

Entry Requirement & How to apply
To be considered for admission to the EdD programme, a prospective student must hold a minimum of a masters degree in an appropriate field of study. Admission to the doctoral programme will require:
Admission Statement: 
A) From among the most significant issues in education / organizations today, what specific problem of practice are you interested in investigating during your doctoral study?
(1,000 - 1,200 words) 
  • Describe the problem of practice
  • Explain why you want to investigate it
  • Provide a strong rationale for the significance of the problem
B) How have you previously research, work, and life experiences prepared you for the Northeastern University doctoral program in education?
(300 - 400 words)
Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and certificates, GPA 2.8 above for undergraduate transcript, GPA 3.0 above for graduate transcript
Professional resume or curriculum vita^
Two professional letters of recommendation and one faculty recommendation (one letter of recommendation should be from your current/former employer/supervisor)^
A master's degree and at least 3 years of education related professional experience
Individuals for whom English is not the primary language or if English was not the medium of instruction of their tertiary education must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores*
* Minimum score required: IELTS 6.5; TOEFL – IBT 100.
^ please consult with our education consultant and refer to our admission checklist.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Northeastern University is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement and the integration of classroom learning with realworld experience. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate colleges, 8 graduate schools and 2 part-time divisions. Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies provides working professionals, international students, non-traditional learners and continuing learners with an education that is innovative, flexible, substantial and at the nexus of practice and academic theory.

University Excellence
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 Graduate Sharing

"Understanding the US education system helps me to think of innovative ways to move forward in education. The way the online programme is structured also allows me to interact with my peers in the USA and various other countries, giving us the opportunity to learn from each other and support one another."

Dr. Daya Datwani, Class of 2011
Lecturer in the Centre of Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

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