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

P–20 Education (Self-Designed) - PhD in Education


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In this specialization, education professionals have the unique ability to design a PhD program focusing on P–20 education that closely aligns with their goals. Students take a core of education courses and can then choose any four courses from select specializations that focus on P–20 education, depending on their specific interests.

Through their coursework in this program, education professionals examine current practices and problems in P–20 institutions. The P–20 Education (Self-Designed) specialization is intended for educators or administrators with a desire to conduct original research, contribute to the body of knowledge in the field, and make an impact on the future of higher education.

Specialization Learning Outcomes


In addition to the core program learning outcomes , graduates in this specialization will be prepared to:

  1. Critically analyze education-related topics, issues, and problems.
  2. Evaluate a variety of perspectives on childhood development.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct original research in P-20 education that has the potential to positively influence social change.
  4. Effectively communicate ideas to a variety of audiences using oral and written formats.
  5. Support global diversity and multiculturalism through the use of innovative educational approaches.

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (30 cr.)


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 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8210 and RSCH 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:

Residency Requirements


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)*
  • * Students are continuously enrolled in EDPD 8990 for a minimum of four quarters 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. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1   OR    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. 
2   OR    5 cr.
  OR   OR   OR    5 cr.
3    5 cr.
Complete Residency 2 after RSCH 8100/RSCH 8110. 0 cr. 
EDDD or EDPD 8xxx Specialization Course 5 cr.
4 EDDD or EDPD 8xxx Specialization Course 5 cr.
   3 cr.
5    5 cr.
EDDD or EDPD 8xxx Specialization Course 5 cr.
6    3 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 3 after RSCH 8200/8210 and RSCH 8300/8310. 0 cr. 
7 EDDD or EDPD 8xxx Specialization Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.
8+   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. 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.