Return to: PhD in Education–School of Education and Professional Licensure
This specialization is designed for educators who want to influence positive educational change and improve student and school performance through ongoing research in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Coursework focuses on developing professional expertise through in-depth research. Students gain the ability to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach. Educators in this PhD in Education program will be equipped with skills in program evaluation; strategic planning; curriculum mapping; and systems, technology, and curriculum audits. In addition, students learn to develop evidence-based action plans that will positively impact any educational application and provide opportunities for realizing meaningful and sustainable social change.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:
- Utilize technology to support learning for a diverse student population.
- Improve teacher effectiveness to promote learner-centered practices.
- Utilize knowledge of educational trends/issues in education to promote positive change in school and community environments.
- Promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
- Practice ethically in the profession.
- Address curriculum, instruction, and assessment issues.
- Apply CIAE content area knowledge and methodology to execute meaningful and sustainable social change initiatives within any educational practice.
- Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school, and community members, in order to advocate for student needs.
- 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 RSCH 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis OR RSCH 8210 and RSCH 8300 OR RSCH 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 (20 cr.; 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms)
- EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation *To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.
Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of their 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.