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The alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices to maximize student learning is the essence of education. Educators must draw on current research-based knowledge of effective educational methods to maximize their learning. This specialization allows students flexibility, providing in-depth individualized research opportunities tailored to their chosen academic discipline, age level, or grade level. One-on-one mentoring and research methods courses produce outstanding professionals who are researcher-practitioners.
The Ph.D. in Education program requires mastery of knowledge in three areas:
- The foundational social and behavioral sciences
- Scientific inquiry and research methodology
- The student’s specialized field chosen from a broad range of professional education studies
Foundation Courses (12 cr.)
Core Research Sequence (12 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 8100D must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200D and RSCH 8300D must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.
Specialized KAMS V–VI (24 cr.)
Specialized KAM V: Principles of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (12 cr.)
This KAM examines how curriculum, instruction, and assessment relate to human learning, intelligence, and motivation. Identification and development of best practices may be considered at multiple stages (from early childhood through higher education, adult, and lifelong learning) and from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Implications and alignment of these practices with desired educational outcomes are also analyzed.
Specialized KAM VI: Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (12 cr.)
Critical issues surrounding leadership in curriculum, instruction, and assessment are analyzed in this KAM. Implications of new curriculum and instruction practices, as well as other implementation factors, are examined. Developing support for initiatives within the learning environment and the community are considered. Central to this discussion is the role of leadership in both the success and failure of change, instruction, and assessment. Perhaps most important is the role of the researcher-practitioner in creating positive social change in the field of education.
Advanced Research Courses (4 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:
Note on Licensure
The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent) is the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration, which has been approved in Minnesota for leading to licensure as a preK–12 principal. It has also been approved in Ohio for leading to building principal licensure (grades preK–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12).
Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.