2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    Oct 17, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Learning, Instruction, and Innovation - PhD in Education

Return to: PhD in Education–School of Education and Professional Licensure  

In this specialization education professionals prepare to help learners translate creativity into innovative learning experiences utilizing authentic, engaging practices and assessments. Students develop learning solutions through problem-based and project-based learning grounded in solid, brain-based principles. Through their coursework, students explore creative approaches to learning that integrate technology with the needs of learners in a global community. Students prepare to foster diverse perspectives and create a culture of innovation in the workplace.

This specialization is designed for educators who wish to pursue leadership roles across learning environments that include preschool through higher education as well as in government, nonprofit, and corporate settings.

Learning Outcomes

As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Create innovative instruction, curriculum, and assessment grounded in theory and previous research.
  2. Create innovative solutions to learning challenges.
  3. Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders. 
  4. Analyze instructional needs to develop innovative intervention plans for learning.
  5. Evaluate problems and issues in learning, instruction, and innovation.
  6. Demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct research in learning, instruction and innovation that has the potential to positively influence social change.
  7. Participate in the profession ethically.
  8. Support global diversity and multiculturalism through the use of innovative curriculum and assessment in designing instruction.


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.

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:

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits
1 EDPD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education♦ OR EDPD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education♦ (6 weeks) 5 cr.
EDPD 8010 - Creativity and Innovation♦  5 cr.
2 EDPD 8011 - Authentic Assessment♦  5 cr.
RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr.
3 EDPD 8012 - Innovative Curriculum♦  5 cr.
EDPD 8093 - Leading Change  5 cr.
4 EDPD 8113 - Tools for Doctoral Research Success  3 cr.
RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
5 EDPD 8192 - Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies  5 cr.
EDPD 8097 - Designing Instruction for eLearning  5 cr.
6 EDPD 8114 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research  3 cr.
RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
7 EDPD 8013 - Current Research in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation   5 cr.
EDPD 8910 - Completing the Prospectus  5 cr.
8–11+ 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

Note: 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.

*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.

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.