2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability

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This post-master’s program provides the technical assessment tools to evaluate individual, program, and organizational performance. Educators learn the communication and leadership skills that are used to create a culture of continuous improvement in their organizations. The focus of the coursework is on organizational development theory, advanced statistical analysis methods, and processes for determining program impact and value. Through a project-based perspective, educators gain an understanding of core research theory, design, and methodology as well as strategies for effectively communicating complex information to stakeholders. A capstone course allows educators to apply their coursework directly to an assessment and evaluation initiative in an organization of their choice. This program prepares educators with the knowledge they need to support data-driven decision making and improve performance in a broad range of instructional settings, including schools, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, education professionals are able to:

  • Demonstrate the integration of organizational effectiveness concepts with trends in assessment, evaluation, and accountability.
  • Demonstrate practices that unite evaluation, assessment, and accountability in a socially responsible and ethical manner.
  • Demonstrate research competencies by being able to design, analyze, evaluate, and report data, using a variety of technology tools to do so.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of assessment systems for improving performance of individuals, programs, and institutions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a way that is appropriate to the audience and purpose.
  • Create a plan for continuous improvement in a specific organization that addresses results of data analysis and includes building a culture that supports positive efforts for change.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (4 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (24 cr.)
  • Research courses (12 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)
  • ePortfolio


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