2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
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Global and Comparative Education - PhD in Education

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The Global and Comparative Education specialization introduces students to the practices, policies, and conditions that influence student learning, impact education systems, and shape societies around the world. Through a mixed-model format, students will learn to develop, analyze, and implement new educational policies in a variety of multicultural settings while examining learning systems and strategies in specific international regions. Graduates of this program will be prepared to lead their organizations through the societal and cultural changes that result from globalization and its impacts on education.

Degree Requirements

  • 96 total quarter credit hours
  • Foundation courses (12 cr.)
  • KAMs and/or courses and Research Sequence (64 cr.)
  • Satisfactory progress in all SBSF 8100 registrations
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • 16 units of academic residency
  • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum (96 cr.)

Specialized KAMs V-VI (24 cr.)

Specialized KAM V: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation (12 cr.)

What types of learning opportunities are provided in specific national and cultural contexts, for whom, and for what purposes? How does cultural diversity within a society impact learning opportunities? In this KAM, educators adopt a global and comparative educational perspective to compare, contrast, and synthesize theory and research on intelligence, learning, and motivation. Using this perspective, educators propose innovations to improve educational opportunities in specific national or local settings within a global context.

Specialized KAM VI: Global and Transcultural Learning Institutions (12 cr.)

In this KAM, educators examine critical issues in the organization and planning of learning institutions through a framework of cross-cultural, multinational, and/or international contexts. Educators focus on comparative analysis of programs, purposes, and processes and the movement toward global standardization of school subjects, testing and assessment, and professional knowledge requirements. Candidates analyze the global interconnectedness and potential impact of economic, political, and social systems on local and societal educational practice and programs to promote positive social change.

Core Research Sequence (12 cr.)

Courses comprising 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.

Advanced Research Courses (4 cr.)

PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.

One of the following three courses is required:

Dissertation (20 cr.)