2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) 
    Sep 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum Instruction Assessment and Evaluation–PhD in Education

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This specialization is designed for educators who want to influence positive educational change and improve student and school performance through ongoing research in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Coursework focuses on developing professional expertise through in-depth research. Students gain the ability to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach. Educators in this PhD in Education program will be equipped with skills in program evaluation; strategic planning; curriculum mapping; and systems, technology, and curriculum audits. In addition, students learn to develop evidence-based action plans that will positively impact any educational application and provide opportunities for realizing meaningful and sustainable social change.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize technology to support learning for a diverse student population.
  2. Improve teacher effectiveness to promote learner-centered practices.
  3. Utilize knowledge of educational trends/issues in education to promote positive change in school and community environments.
  4. Promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  5. Practice ethically in the profession.
  6. Address curriculum, instruction, and assessment issues.
  7. Apply CIAE content area knowledge and methodology to execute meaningful and sustainable social change initiatives within any educational practice.
  8. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school, and community members, in order to advocate for student needs.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.


Core Research Sequence (15 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  OR RSCH 8110  must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8210  and  RSCH 8300  OR RSCH 8310  must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (5 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:

Dissertation (20 cr.; 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms)

  • EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation *To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Course Sequence

Course Credits
EDPD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education♦  OR EDPD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8050 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective   5 cr.
EDPD 8051 - Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment   5 cr.
RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8052 - Evaluating Curriculum to Promote Positive Social Change♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8053 - Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement   5 cr.
EDPD 8003 - Tools for Doctoral Research Success   2 cr.
RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8005 - Diffusion of Technological Innovations in the Workplace   5 cr.
EDPD 8054 - Examining Current Practices in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation   5 cr.
EDPD 8004 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research   2 cr.
RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  
OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  
5 cr.
EDPD 8055 - Research Development and Strategic Planning   5 cr.
EDPD 8900 - Completing the Prospectus   2 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation  20 cr. (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms)

Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of their foundation course. Students who wish to reduce their course load during one or more terms should contact their academic advisor.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.