Return to: PhD in Education–School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
This specialization is designed for leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education (P–20), who want to build on their leadership and management abilities to influence policy at local, national, and institutional levels. Students explore the principles, perspectives, and strategies that today’s education professionals need to be informed, dynamic leaders; affect policy; and guide the change process at all levels of the education system.
As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:
- Develop strategies to address P-20 education’s political issues that are collaborative as well as research and data based.
- Apply economic principles to inform decisions about education policy.
- Evaluate critical issues in education leadership from an ethical, legal, and governance perspective.
- Advocate for or against P–20 educational initiatives.
- Apply best practices in education utilizing culturally responsive education perspectives, leadership theory, and management strategies.
- Act as an agent for organizational social change utilizing foundational principles of educational policy, leadership, and management.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Specialization Courses (30 cr.)
Doctoral Support Courses (6 cr.)
Core Research Sequence (15 cr.)
Courses composing the core research sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8100 or 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 or 8210 and RSCH 8300 or 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.
Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)
Those enrolled in this specialization are required to complete an advanced research course. The university offers three advanced research courses: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods. When the prospectus is approved, students will take the advanced research course selected as the methodology approved for the dissertation.
Students are required to complete one of the following courses:
Dissertation (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms = 20 cr.)
Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of your foundation course. Students who wish to reduce their course load during one or more terms should contact their academic advisor.
Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification
This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.