2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Jul 23, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education and Adult Learning (EdD)


Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy  

This EdD specialization is designed for professionals who plan to design, develop, and lead successful adult learning programs within higher education institutions, corporations, and workforce development settings. Educators in this program examine adult learning theories, learn best practices for facilitating program planning and assessment, and develop leadership skills to effectively engage and motivate adults to create change across their institutions and workplaces. Through applied research and practical coursework, higher education professionals can develop the expertise to empower lifelong learners and assess effective learning experiences for adults.

Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Analyze current research/trends in higher education and adult learning.
  2. Apply effective technology strategies to support adult learning.
  3. Collaborate with a range of stakeholders to effect positive social change.
  4. Apply research strategies for evaluation and assessment.
  5. Implement appropriate organizational system changes in response to diverse local and/or global community needs.
  6. Employ leadership strategies that drive and sustain a learning organization.
  7. 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.)
  • Completing the Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
    • Doctoral completion course (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
  • One face-to-face academic residency
  • ePortfolio

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.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Doctoral Capstone Course


  • 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 Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral study, 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 cr.
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. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

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

To complete a doctoral study, 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.