2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    May 21, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Policy, Leadership, and Management (P–20) - PhD in Education

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This specialization is designed for leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education (P–20), who want to build on their leadership and management abilities to influence policy at local, national, and institutional levels. Students explore the principles, perspectives, and strategies that today’s education professionals need to be informed, dynamic leaders; affect policy; and guide the change process at all levels of the education system.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop strategies to address P-20 education’s political issues that are collaborative as well as research and data based.
  2. Apply economic principles to inform decisions about education policy.
  3. Evaluate critical issues in education leadership from an ethical, legal, and governance perspective.
  4. Advocate for or against P–20 educational initiatives.
  5. Apply best practices in education utilizing culturally responsive education perspectives, leadership theory, and management strategies.
  6. Act as an agent for organizational social change utilizing foundational principles of educational policy, leadership, and management.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.


Course 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   OR   (6 weeks) 5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    3 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   3 cr.
6   OR    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
  OR   OR    5 cr.
8–11+   5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken contiuously until completion

Note: Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of your 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 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.