2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Dec 09, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

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.

Specialization Learning Outcomes

In addition to the core program learning outcomes , graduates in this specialization 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.

Residency Requirements

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Course Credits
  OR   (6 weeks) 5 cr.
Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course (EDPD 8002/EDPD 8006). 0 cr. 
   5 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
Complete Residency 2 after RSCH 8100/RSCH 8110. 0 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
   3 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
   3 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
Complete Residency 3 after RSCH 8200/8210 and RSCH 8300/8310. 0 cr. 
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
  OR   OR    5 cr.
  5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and you are enrolled in EDUC 9000 or EDPD 8990 as:

0 cr. 
Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive during EDPD 8990. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensives are not included in Fast Track tuition.  

* Students take this course for a minimum of four 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 student success advisor.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

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.