18/08/2020

Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Postgraduate

EdD vs. PhD in Education: What’s The Difference?

Furthering your career and choosing to do a Postgraduate degree in Education is a big decision. One that could open many doors and grow your earning potential. But finding the right course is key to carving out a successful career path in teaching.

One of the most common questions teaching professionals ask when returning to their studies is whether an EdD or a PhD is right for them. Here we explain the difference between a Doctor of Education (EdD) and a general Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), plus potential job roles to pursue.

EdD vs. PhD

Both degrees are worthwhile qualifications for teachers and hold equal status in terms of education level. However, they differ greatly in curriculum, teaching style and purpose. A PhD is an academic doctorate achieved through independent research, while an EdD is a professional doctorate with taught modules and some research components.

A PhD is great for graduates or teachers wanting to advance their subject knowledge or research skills. But if you’re interested in educational policy or leadership, an EdD course could be a better platform for growth.

A professional doctorate hones your leadership skills

While a PhD is suitable for graduates and teachers, an EdD is best suited for experienced educators at mid to senior level. For those who dream of implementing change in the education system or those who wish to solve complex problems and policies at work, an EdD course gives you the tools to become a trailblazer.

Doctor of Education jobs can include:

  • Management roles
  • Head teacher
  • University lecturer
  • Education consultant
  • Quality inspector
  • Government roles (Department of Education)
  • Education policy advisor

Choosing the right place to study

As well as choosing the right Postgraduate course, it’s also important to choose the right university. Teaching and studying at the same time can be challenging, so finding somewhere with an open and flexible culture is essential.

At the University of Bolton, we aim to fit our EdD Doctor of Education course around your commitments. This means you can get on with your studies without impacting your professional responsibilities.

We also use collaborative teaching methods and build a supportive learning environment for our students.

Our university has been No.1 in the North West for student satisfaction for the past three years in the Complete University Guide (2021, 2020 and 2019). Plus we’re in the top 5 for teaching quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2021 and 2020). And because we tailor our course and shape learning materials for your chosen specialism, we can ensure outstanding personal development to help you reach your career goals.

To find out more about getting professional doctorate at the University of Bolton, go to our EdD Doctor of Education course page.

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