2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    Jul 21, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Technology and Design - PhD in Education

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In this specialization, education professionals prepare to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges, collaborate digitally to demonstrate awareness of local and global interrelationships and diverse perspectives, and develop instructional design skills. Coursework is grounded in theory and research, and students design and conduct original research in educational technology, culminating in the dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize integrative and innovative technology in the workplace.
  2. Create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges grounded in theory and research.
  3. Develop a learning community of people, technologies, resources, and professional associations. 
  4. Analyze educational needs in technology to develop innovative intervention plans.
  5. Apply sound principles of digital and information literacy grounded in theory and research.
  6. Demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct original research in educational technology that positively influences social change.
  7. Participate in the profession ethically.
  8. Effectively communicate ideas to multiple audiences using effective oral, written, and digital formats.
  9. Support global diversity and multiculturalism through the use of educational technology.


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 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 or 8210 and RSCH 8300 or 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Course Sequence

Course Credits
EDPD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education♦  OR EDPD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education♦  (6 weeks) 5 cr.
EDPD 8090 - Trends and Issues in Educational Technology♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8092 - Emerging and Future Technologies♦   5 cr.
RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8091 - Creating Digital Media♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8192 - Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies   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 8094 - eLearning   5 cr.
EDPD 8093 - Leading Change   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 8097 - Designing Instruction for eLearning   5 cr.
EDPD 8098 - Current Research in Educational Technology   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 * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.

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

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

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.