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

Ph.D. in Education


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The Ph.D. in Education is a research-focused program that produces outstanding professionals who can address the nation’s most pressing challenges in the field of education. Specializations in a variety of established and newly emerging fields and a general program are available. For those educators whose particular learning interests are not met by one of the specializations or whose interests are interdisciplinary, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership also offers a self-designed specialization to meet their unique needs.

The Ph.D. in Education learning outcomes will be demonstrated through numerous direct and indirect measures in each of the Ph.D. specializations. 

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, the education professional will:

  1. Synthesize content knowledge, concepts, and principles grounded in a specific educational discipline.
  2. Propose interventions based on the analysis of educational needs.
  3. Design and conduct research that is grounded in theory and based on previous research in the field.
  4. Conduct research that positively impacts social change.
  5. Communicate to multiple audiences via effective oral and written formats.
  6. Advocate for social change that integrates diverse perspectives and demonstrates awareness of global interrelationships.

 

Degree Requirements


Course-Based Specializations


Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability; Educational Technology; Leadership, Policy, and Change; and Learning, Instruction, and Innovation specializations

  • 85–96 total quarter credit hours
  • Foundation courses
  • Courses and Research Sequence
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Satisfactory progress in   or   while enrolled
  • Four Ph.D. residencies
  • Minimum 8 quarters enrollment
  • ePortfolio

Mixed-Model (KAM/Course) Specializations


General Program; Adult Education Leadership; Community College Leadership; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Early Childhood Education; Global and Comparative Education; Higher Education; Special Education; and Self-Designed specializations

  • 96 total quarter credit hours
  • Foundation courses (12 cr.)
  • KAMs and/or courses and Research Sequence (64 cr.)
  • Satisfactory progress in   or   while enrolled
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies
  • Minimum 8 quarters enrollment
  • ePortfolio

Course Sequence


Course-Based Format (except for the Educational Technology specialization)

 

Quarter

Course

Credits

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

  

or

Specialization course *

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

or

Specialization course *

4 cr.

 

  

or

Specialization course *

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

Specialization courses

24 cr.**

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

Advanced research courses:

  

and

  

or

 

4 cr.

 

  (if required)

0 cr.

 

 

20 cr.

Timing of residencies

Residency 1: Upon enrollment in program 

Residency 2: Within 18 months of start date or linked to registration in or completion of first research course 

Residency 3: By the end of third year 

Residency 4: During third year and beyond

 

*Educational Technology specialization requires additional specialization courses in place of these core courses.

Mixed-Model Format

 

Quarter

Course

Credits

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

  or specialization course *

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

  or specialization course *

4 cr.

 

  or specialization course *

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

KAM V

12 cr.

 

KAM VI

12 cr.

 

  

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

 

4 cr.

 

Advanced research courses:

  

and

  

or

 

4 cr.

 

  (if required)

0 cr.

 

 

20 cr.

Timing of residencies

Residency 1: Upon enrollment in program 

Residency 2: Within 18 months of start date or linked to registration in or completion of first research course 

Residency 3: By the end of third year 

Residency 4: During third year and beyond

 

 

Program Data


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