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

Adult Education - Doctor of Education (EdD)

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The Adult Education specialization prepares adult educators and training professionals to design, evaluate, and lead adult learning programs across a variety of settings and disciplines. Students explore adult learning and development theories including phase and stage development; qualitative and quantitative research methods for studying how adults develop and learn; and best practices in adult education from both the teaching and learning perspectives. Students also examine how trends in brain research, globalization, and technology are affecting adult education. Applied research is emphasized throughout the curriculum, enabling students to synthesize coursework, design learning experiences for specific adult populations, and lay the groundwork for the culminating doctoral study intensive.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge related to the current research-based literature and trends in adult learning.
  2. Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed by a professional in higher education and/or adult learning.
  3. Provide evidence of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, and interpret educational research.
  4. Exhibit the ability to provide leadership via effective communication and use of technology.
  5. Articulate the impact of global interrelationships and affirm diversity in your own work in adult learning.
  6. Apply collaborative skills with a range of stakeholders in higher education and/or in adult learning organizations in order to effect positive social change.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to impact social change in adult education.

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

Foundation Course (6 sem. cr.)

Applied Research Course (6 sem. cr.)

Research in Practice Course (6 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Study (minimum of 12 sem. cr.)

Course Sequence

Effective for students starting 5/2/2011 or later.






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 *Note: This course may not be taken concurrently with any other course.