2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    May 19, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 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.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Course Sequence

Course Credits
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 * 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 Certification

This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.