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

Community College Leadership - PhD in Education

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Students in the Community College Leadership specialization (whether from the perspective of president, academic leader, student services, technology specialist, specific area program officer, or other leadership position within the community college) will develop proficiency in knowing the following:

  • How individuals, particularly adults, learn most effectively
  • What tools and strategies best promote learning
  • How education systems and policies can be changed to promote the academic mission of the community college in today’s society


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

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.)

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.