2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    May 26, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EdD)


Return to:  Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Education and Professional Licensure  

The Doctor of Education (EdD) specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is designed for educators aspiring to be curriculum experts who can make an impact in any educational system. Education professionals gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design, instructional strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development. Using scenarios drawn from real life, students think critically about ways to drive innovation and change at the systemic level—including the local school district and regional, state, and federal education agencies—and apply strategies that can effect measurable improvement in P–12 schools. The critical-thinking and research skills educators need to shape schools and school systems to meet diverse student needs are emphasized through course projects and activities.

Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Enhance learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology in effectively designed curriculum.
  2. Effectively engage in professional development in order to increase skills surrounding program design and evaluation.
  3. Assess educational trends/issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in school and community environments.
  4. Design data-driven learner-centered assessment to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  5. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school, and community members in order to advocate for student needs.
  6. Practice ethically in the profession.
  7. Promote the importance of community service and citizenship through the integration of content curriculum and instruction with real-world projects outside of the classroom.
  8. Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • One face-to-face academic residency

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete the EdD required residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Completing the Doctoral Capstone


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone (minimum of 20 cr. until completion)


  • EDDD 8990 - Completing the Doctoral Capstone
  • Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Capstone with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral capstone, 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.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1   OR   (6-week version) 5 cr.
  Complete the EdD residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   2 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    2 cr.
   5 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.  
7    5 cr.
   2 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.  
8+  * 5 cr. per term until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Capstone with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral capstone, 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 Teacher Licensure or Certification


This program does not lead to teacher licensure or 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.