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

Educational Technology - PhD in Education

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This specialization prepares students to develop solutions, create educational technologies, and lead technological change to improve learning in a wide range of education and workplace settings. Students explore instructional design principles; technology’s influence on creativity and learning in the workplace; and the latest developments in e-learning, multi-device and mobile learning platforms, cloud technologies, and global collaboration. Students learn to evaluate emerging technologies; design and produce interactive instructional media and e-learning modules; and design plans for successfully leading instructional change in organizations. Through their dissertations, students conduct original research and contribute to the body of knowledge in a rapidly changing field.

Curriculum (85 cr.)

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 8100 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 and RSCH 8300 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:

Course Sequence

Students may take one or two courses per quarter; they are encouraged to attempt two courses per quarter, following the successful completion of EDUC 8002. However, many students elect to take the RSCH courses alone in a quarter. Students should work with their academic advisor to plan their program sequence.  





EDUC 8002 - Leading the Future of Education  

5 cr.


EDUC 8341 - Trends and Issues in Educational Technology  

5 cr.

EDUC 8342 - Emerging and Future Technologies  

5 cr.


EDUC 8343 - Creating Digital Media  

5 cr.

RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  

4 cr.


EDUC 8344 - Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies  

5 cr.

RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.


EDUC 8112 - Social Change in Education  

4 cr.

EDUC 8345 - E-Learning  

5 cr.


RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.

EDUC 8346 - Leading Change  

5 cr.



5 cr.


5 cr.


Choose one advanced research course: 

RSCH 8250 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  


RSCH 8350 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  


RSCH 8450 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

4 cr.


EDUC 8900 - Dissertation Companion  

0 cr.


EDUC 9001 - Dissertation  

20 cr.

Timing of residencies

Residency 1: Within 90 days after completion of EDUC 8002.

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 or when writing the Prospectus for the dissertation.

Residency 4: When writing the dissertation.

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.