Doctor of Education (EdD)
Course Registration No. 262066
Doctor of Education (EdD)
The education system in Hong Kong has been undergoing major reform. Education professionals are encouraged to advance their skills to meet future challenges. This Doctor of Education program comprises extensive and integrated coursework and research components that help educators and educational administrators become transformational leaders with a broad range of leadership and management skills.
This doctoral program aims to instil in experienced educators and educational administrators to cultivate skills and knowledge for transformational change in Hong Kong’s higher education reform. A majority of prospective students looking to embark on this program 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.
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. 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.
|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||Organization Theory and Design|
|Organizational Systems and Institutional Governance||Organizational 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 Organizational Culture|
|Term 7||Proposal Development||Proposal Development|
|Student Engagement in Higher Education||Organizational Communication|
|Strategic Management in Higher Education||Doctoral Seminar in Organizational 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 the 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.
^Program structure is subject to change and final approval.
Higher Education Administration Concentration Modules
Organizational Leadership and Communication Concentration Modules
Medium of Instruction
This program is structured in an “online” and “on ground” blended format. Design and implementation of the doctoral thesis are 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.
It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.
Doctoral Thesis Seminar (Online)
Programme Start Date
No longer accepting new applications until further notice.
Entry Requirement & How to apply
* 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 real world 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.
"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
Our programs are strictly complying with the regulatory requirements of Hong Kong Education Bureau. We are actively working with our partner universities to deliver high quality programs which can be integrated into student’s practical needs. Apart from the lecturers who come from our partner universities, our international associates are highly-qualified with relevant academic qualifications, practical and teaching experiences.
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