2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education - Ph.D. in Education

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During the 21st century, colleges and universities will undergo profound transformations as the student population becomes older and more diverse, and as educational methods incorporate more technological solutions and distance approaches.

Building on the foundational core KAMs in the social and behavioral sciences, the Higher Education curriculum emphasizes proficiency in the following:

  • Understanding the needs of a changing clientele and academic community
  • Analyzing and implementing strategies to promote learning and to support development in higher education
  • Learning how systems and policies can be used to assure organizational effectiveness and social change in postsecondary settings

Contexts for the study and practice of higher education include community colleges; private and public liberal arts colleges; distance-learning institutions; regional and state universities; proprietary, technical, and trade schools; state and federal agencies; and national professional associations.


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: Learning and Development in Higher Education (12 cr.)

This KAM addresses the theoretical foundations of higher education through a multidisciplinary approach. It focuses on the processes of learning and development, and the role of the education environments in which they occur. This analysis includes identification and evaluation of techniques and methods that support student success. This knowledge is then applied to a selected area of practice in the academic community.

Specialized KAM VI: Effectiveness of Higher Education Organizations (12 cr.)

This KAM concerns effectiveness in higher education from the perspectives of constituents, providers, and regulators or evaluators. It focuses on the major approaches to demonstrating and assuring quality, as called for by external constituents and initiated by internal participants. Strategies for organizational effectiveness and accountability are reviewed and evaluated within the current climate of change. Evidence for the efficacy of various approaches to improvement is emphasized in an application to professional practice in higher 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

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

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.