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

Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education - PhD in Education

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The creation and implementation of education policy is critical to advancing change in the field. This specialization is designed for school, district, and educational leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education, who want to continue to enhance their leadership abilities and influence policy at the local, national, and institutional levels. Students gain the skills needed to provide informed leadership, affect policy, and guide the change process at all levels of the education system. This specialization is offered in a course-based format that allows students to complete a structured timeline to degree completion.


Core Research Sequence (12 cr.)

Courses comprising the core research sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8100D must be completed during the second term and is linked to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200D and RSCH 8300D must be completed prior to registering for Residency 3 and for the dissertation.

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: