2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - Doctor of Education (EdD)

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The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment specialization is designed for educators who want to drive innovation and change at the systemic level, including the district, regional, state, or federal level. Through a blend of learning and organizational theory, candidates will develop expertise in the latest research and best practices in curriculum design, teacher professional development, and program assessment, as well as strategies to effect measurable change in K–12 schools. Candidates will acquire the critical-thinking and research skills needed to shape schools and school systems in order to meet the diverse needs of all students.

Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete the program are education leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community.
  2. Promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.
  3. Managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Acting with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Degree Requirements

  • 54 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Applied Research course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Research in Practice course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (24 sem. cr.)
  • Completing the Prospectus study (one semester, noncredit)
  • Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
  • One 3-day academic residency
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 9 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum

Course Sequence





EDUC 8011 - Foundations for Doctoral Study in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment  

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8012 - Leadership for Today’s Schools  

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8745 - Applied Research in Education  

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8750 - Systemic Curriculum Design: Rigor, Relevance, and Results  

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8751 - Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment  

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8753 - Research in Practice  

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8752 - Effective Professional Development  

6 sem. cr.

EDUC 8081 - Completing the Prospectus  

0 sem. cr.


EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive  *

6 sem. cr.


EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive  * – continued

6 sem. cr.

*Note: This course may not be taken concurrently with any other course. Students will continue taking EDUC 8090 until they have an approved doctoral study.

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.