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

Adult Education Leadership - PhD in Education

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The historical roots of social change are grounded in adult education. This specialization is designed for educators who want to think broadly about the field of adult education, whether in community-based settings, schools, government, or the private sector. The specialization guides students in understanding the interdisciplinary nature of adult education as a field of study, principles of adult learning and development, and the impact of adult educators on organizations and communities in which they work.


The PhD 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

Specialized KAMS V–VI (24 cr.)

Specialized KAM V: Principles of Adult Education (12 cr.)

This KAM examines the adult learner through historical, philosophical, and psychosocial principles, with a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of adult education. Students demonstrate mastery of theory and research knowledge for application in a range of community education settings, including those outside the United States.

Specialized KAM VI: Critical Issues for Adult Education Leaders (12 cr.)

This KAM examines the role of the adult education professional within the economic, social, political, and organizational environments. Students research the integration of adult learning theory with program planning and management in a variety of contexts, including community development, education institutions, business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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.

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 EdS 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.