Doctoral programs in education produce outstanding professionals who can address the nation’s most pressing educational challenges.

Each of the specializations in Walden’s education Ph.D. is designed to match your professional interests and meet the needs of your organization. In fact, we ask you to come to the program with defined learning goals and challenge you to design your own program of study so that you can make an impact—changing your world and the world of those around you.

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In Walden’s Ph.D. in Education program, you can choose the General Program or from a range of specializations. This program also offers two formats to match your learning style.

Course-Based Format

Mixed-Model Format

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Adult Education Leadership (Mixed-Model Format)

The historical roots of social change are grounded in adult education. This specialization is designed for educators who want to think broadly about the field of adult education, whether in community-based settings, schools, government, or the private sector. The specialization guides you in understanding the interdisciplinary nature of adult education as a field of study, principles of adult learning and development, and the impact of adult educators on organizations and communities in which they work.

Completion Requirements

  • 96 total quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
    • Core courses (24 cr.)
    • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
    • Research sequence (16 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Courses

Core Courses

Specialized KAM V: Principles of Adult Education

Specialized KAM VI: Critical Issues for Adult Education Leaders

Core Research Sequence

Advanced Research Sequence – Choose one of the following:

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability (Course-Based Format)

The demand for accountability and the need to invest resources more effectively are growing across all industries. With this specialization, you can acquire the expertise to assess and evaluate program effectiveness, design evaluation and accountability systems, and implement processes for continual improvements. Position yourself as a leader in the field, operating with a strong ethical approach that integrates sociopolitical awareness and a commitment to positive social change through best practice. This specialization is applicable across a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, government, corporate, and nonprofit settings.

Completion Requirements

  • 96 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (12 cr.)
    • Core courses (24 cr.)
    • Specialized courses (24 cr.)
    • Core research sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced research course (4 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Courses

Core Courses

Specialized Courses

Core Research Sequence

Advanced Research Sequence – Choose one of the following:

Dissertation

Information for prospective Alabama and Washington state students.

Community College Leadership (Mixed-Model Format)

“Community colleges are facing an impending crisis in leadership.” This statement echoes throughout the community college literature of the last decade and is the opening sentence of an executive summary of a recent report from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A number of national studies confirm that over two-thirds of the presidents and other key administrators will be retiring in the next seven to eight years; 62,000 new full-time faculty members will also be needed in the same time period.*

Concurrently, America’s community colleges are undergoing profound changes as the student population shifts predominantly to mature, working adults and as the methods of teaching and learning change to electronic modes and other distance approaches. Students in the Community College Leadership specialization (whether from the perspective of president, academic leader, student services staff member, technology specialist, specific area program officer, or other leadership position within the community college) can develop proficiency in knowing how individuals, particularly adults, learn most effectively, what tools and strategies best promote learning, and how educational systems and policies can be changed to promote the mission of the community college in today’s society.

Completion Requirements

  • 96 total quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
    • Core courses (24 cr.)
    • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
    • Research sequence (16 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Courses

Core Courses

Specialized KAM V: Principles of Adult Education

Specialized KAM VI: Critical Issues for Adult Education Leaders

Core Research Sequence

Advanced Research Sequence – Choose one of the following:

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Mixed-Model Format)

In this specialization, you can acquire the expertise required to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment proficiencies to maximize student learning. You can gain the knowledge and skills needed to move your career forward by meeting the demand for the most current research and best instructional practices in the field. This specialization provides in-depth, individualized research opportunities tailored to your academic discipline and student grade level and provides one-on-one mentoring from professionals in your area of interest. The program also offers research methods courses that will help you grow as a researcher-practitioner, both today and in the future.

Completion Requirements

  • 96 total quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
    • Core courses (24 cr.)
    • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
    • Research sequence (16 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Specialized KAM V: Principles of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Specialized KAM VI: Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Core Research Sequence 

Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Early Childhood Education (Mixed-Model Format)

As the demographics of the family and workforce change, the nation is increasingly turning its attention to the critical need for early childhood development and education. At Walden, you can gain the expertise needed to lead the creation and implementation of new program practices, to apply emerging research on development in the early years, and to conceptualize new paradigms for early learning. Graduates can attain key positions in college teaching, research endeavors, leadership positions, and advocacy roles addressing the young child (birth through age 8). Other positions include director of kindergarten, curriculum specialist, and director of a Head Start program.

Completion Requirements

  • 96 total quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
    • Core courses (24 cr.)
    • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
    • Research sequence (16 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Courses

Core Courses

Specialized KAM V: Theories of Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation in Early Childhood and Primary Education

Specialized KAM VI: Critical Issues in the Organization and Planning of Early Childhood and Primary Education Programs

    Core Research Sequence

    Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

    Dissertation

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    Educational Technology (Course-Based Format)

    Rapid advances in educational technology are changing the way we learn at school, work, and home. By integrating the latest technologies and instructional design principles, the Educational Technology specialization prepares you to develop and lead technology-supported solutions to learning challenges in a wide range of settings—from the K–12 or university classroom to the corporate training room.

    AECT LogoWith program outcomes informed by Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) standards, this specialization prepares you to conduct original research, be a thought leader, and lead innovation in an exciting, rapidly changing field. As a Walden doctoral student, you can also experience firsthand how educational technology is transforming when, where, and how today’s students learn.

    Completion Requirements

    • 85 total quarter credits
      • Foundations course (5 cr.)
      • Core course (4 cr.)
      • Core Research Sequence (12 cr.)
      • Specialized courses (40 cr.)
      • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Course

    Core Course

    Core Research Sequence

    Specialized Courses

    Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

    Dissertation

    General Program (Mixed-Model Format)

    The General Program is intended for students whose professional practice and career goals cover a range of educational topics or are interdisciplinary, combining specific education subjects with complementary subjects from the humanities and natural or social and behavioral sciences.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credit hours
      • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
      • Research sequence (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
    • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio 

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Courses

    Core Courses

    KAM V: Theories of Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation

    KAM VI: Learning Institutions: Organization, Purpose, Goals, and Missions

    Core Research Sequence

    Advanced Research Sequence–Choose one of the following.

    Dissertation

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    For assistance in deciding which online degree specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

    Global and Comparative Education

    From preschool to college and beyond, education and culture are being impacted by globalization at unprecedented levels. Explore the practices, policies, and conditions that influence educators and shape societies on an international scale with a specialization in Global and Comparative Education. Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural, this mixed-model online education doctoral program offers a solid foundation for solutions-oriented educators interested in analyzing, developing, and championing educational policies in developing and developed nations.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credits
      • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
      • Research sequence (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Courses

    Core Courses

    Specialized KAM V: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation

    Specialized KAM VI: Global and Transcultural Learning Institutions

    Core Research Sequence

    Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

    Dissertation

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    Higher Education (Mixed-Model Format)

    During the 21st century, colleges and universities will undergo profound transformations as the student population becomes older and more diverse and as educational methods incorporate more technological solutions and distance approaches. Building on the foundational core KAMs in the social and behavioral sciences, the Higher Education curriculum emphasizes proficiency in understanding the needs of a changing clientele and academic community, analyzing and implementing strategies to promote learning and to support development in higher education, and learning how systems and policies can be used to ensure organizational effectiveness and social change in postsecondary settings. Contexts for the study and practice of higher education include community colleges; private and public liberal arts colleges; distance-learning institutions; regional and state universities; proprietary, technical, and trade schools; state and federal agencies; and national professional associations.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credits
      • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
      • Research sequence (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Courses

    Core Courses

    Specialized KAM V: Learning and Development in Higher Education

    Specialized KAM VI: Effectiveness of Higher Education Organizations

    Core Research Sequence

    Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

    Dissertation

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education (Course-Based Format)

    The creation and implementation of education policy is critical to advancing change in the field. This specialization is designed for school, district, and other educational leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education, who want to continue to enhance their leadership abilities and influence policy at the local, national, and institutional levels. You can gain the skills you need to provide informed leadership, affect policy, and guide the change process at all levels of the education system. This specialization is offered in a course-based format that allows you to follow a structured timeline to degree completion.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credits
      • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialization courses (24 cr.)
      • Research sequence (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Courses

    Core Courses

    Specialized Courses

    Research Sequence

    Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

    Dissertation

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    Information for prospective Alabama and Washington state students.

    Learning, Instruction, and Innovation

    The landscape of education is constantly changing, and the nature of instruction is evolving to meet emerging demands. Explore creative and innovative approaches to learning that integrate technology with the needs of learners in a global community. Gain a comprehensive understanding of learning theory and research the cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental dimensions that support learning across the lifespan. The Learning, Instruction, and Innovation specialization can position you to become a learning leader across the learning environment—from preschool through higher education—as well as in government, nonprofit, or corporate settings.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credits
      • Foundations courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized courses (24 cr.)
      • Research sequence (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Courses

    Core Courses

    Specialized Courses

    Research Sequence

    Advanced Research Courses – Choose one of the following:

    Dissertation

    Self-Designed (Mixed-Model Format)

    Educators who are interested in pursuing an area that is not among the specializations currently offered may develop their own specialization with the approval of the faculty chair. Current students have developed self-designed specializations in curriculum areas, such as math education, science education, art or music education, and literacy, as well as in discipline areas, such as English-language learning and urban education.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credit hours
      • Foundational courses (12 cr.) 
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
      • Research courses (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio 

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    A Self-Designed specialization must fit within the existing mixed-model curriculum structure of the General Program. Students develop the Self-Designed specialization in consultation with their faculty mentor and with approval of the faculty chair of the doctoral programs in education.

    For assistance in deciding which online degree specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

    Special Education (Mixed-Model Format)(Non-Licensure)

    Most K–12 educators are strong advocates for improved services for exceptional/disabled individuals. Unfortunately, resources for the delivery of these services are often far less than schools and school districts desire. At Walden, you can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the special education field and to better assist your own students in the self-actualization process. Emphasis is on services to exceptional/disabled individuals and to the related areas of special education administration, including law, finance, and ethics. Graduates hold leadership, administrative, and teaching positions in schools and school districts and research and teaching positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Other positions include director of special education and director of disability services.

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credit hours
      • Foundational courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
      • Research courses (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Minimum 8–10 quarters enrollment
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio 

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Foundation Courses

    Core Courses

     

     

    KAM V: Theories of Learning, Motivation, and Intelligence; and Implications for Persons With Special Needs

     

     

    KAM VI: Institutional Contexts for Special Education: Leadership, Learning, and Accommodation

     

     

    Core Research Sequence

     

     

    Advanced Research Sequence – Choose one of the following.

     

     

    Dissertation

     

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

     

    For assistance in deciding which online degree specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

    Curriculum Component  Requirements  Cost 
    Mixed-Model Format  96 total quarter credit hours  $4,835 per quarter* 
    Course-Based Format  96 total quarter credit hours  $625 per credit 
    4-Day Residency Fee 4 during your program
    (Residency 2 and Residency 4 may be virtual.)
    $1,160 each, plus travel, lodging, other expenses
    Virtual: $1,260 each
    Technology Fee  per quarter  $120

    *Note on the mixed-model format: Each quarter is charged at a flat rate of $4,760 per quarter until student completes all of their foundations, core and research courses, KAMs, and their first dissertation course, EDUC 9001. Students will be charged $2,380 per quarter for the remainder of their dissertation courses, EDUC 9001, until completing their program.

    Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

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    When you choose to earn your Ph.D. in Education online at Walden, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

    Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ph.D. in Education program:

    Walden Addresses the Community College Leadership Crisis

    With 109 two-year colleges scattered throughout 72 community college districts, California boasts the largest number of community colleges of any state in the country. It also holds claim to a critical shortage of community college leaders at a time of unprecedented demand for higher education in the state.

    In summer 2007, nearly half of California community colleges were without presidents. By that fall, 28 community colleges began the semester with a new president, while 22 colleges continue to fill their presidential vacancies. The leadership crisis in California is just one example of the looming leadership challenge facing the nation’s community college system.

    Enter Walden University. Through its doctoral program in Community College Leadership, Walden is giving community college administrators and senior faculty nationwide the knowledge, insight, and perspective needed to lead community colleges and their students into the future. Created by a panel of eight nationally recognized community college leaders, the Community College Leadership program offers a curriculum and a distance-learning model that enable students to continue to manage their responsibilities in full-time administrative or teaching positions while pursuing their degrees.

    More than 130 students from more than 75 community and technical colleges around the nation are currently enrolled in the program. The faculty includes some 20 community college leaders and experts who serve as mentors for individual doctoral students. “Other programs are lucky if one person on staff has a community college background,” notes Terry O’Banion, director of Walden’s Community College Leadership program and former president of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

    Walden’s Community College Leadership students focus on how individuals, particularly adults, learn most effectively; the best tools and strategies to promote learning; and how educational systems and policies can better promote the academic mission of the community college. Five Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs) allow students to explore professional or academic topics that relate to their own interests.

    “This approach is totally different from any kind of model; it is what makes the program different, substantive and creative,” says John Cooper, who brings more than 25 years of experience in executive and administrative positions in higher education to his role as a faculty mentor. Cooper sees the program’s online and interactive format as one of its biggest assets as Walden doctoral students experience new learning strategies that will be particularly appealing and applicable to community college students.

    As a mentor, Cooper says, “I never tell a student what to research or write, but how their work can be woven together in a better way. Ultimately, a big part of my role is to keep students moving forward. As independent learners, it can be challenging to stay on track with family and community demands.”

    Still, Cooper believes the program will tap hidden potential in many current community college faculty and staff members. “One of the most important elements of the program is to develop leaders who have long-term vision and have the practical sense to implement that vision.”

    Within 10 years, O’Banion attests, Walden will be graduating the largest number of leaders annually of any community college leadership program in the country and those graduates will have a major presence in the community college world. Already, the program’s first five graduates are moving up the administrative ladder.

    The Evolving Role of Community Colleges

    A stronger leadership presence cannot come soon enough as the community college role expands and the leadership pipeline continues to shrink. “Community colleges have been around for more than a century. In the beginning, they struggled for identity and primarily served as vehicles to help people transfer to four-year universities. Now they are comprehensive institutions with multiple missions and growing constituencies,” says O’Banion.

    He describes community colleges as the last institutions in higher education “that are really serious about remedial and developmental education,” particularly for recent high school graduates who are not prepared for college. “Community colleges are repair stations for high schools, and their remedial programs are teaching basic skills for those who have not performed well and are still not at the college level,” he says. At the same time, community colleges are the premier purveyors of workforce training in the country—through associate degrees, certificate programs, and creative partnerships with business.

    Dorsey Kendrick, who earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Walden in 1994 and serves as the current president of Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn., is all too familiar with the critical role community colleges play in educating the workforce of the future. “Community colleges take people wherever they are and put them on a path to learning for a lifetime,” Kendrick says.

    She acknowledges the enormity of the community college leadership crisis at all levels from vice presidents to deans and presidents. “We have not done a good job of mentoring and finding staff that have fires in their bellies,” she admits, pointing particularly to the lack of women and minorities in the leadership pipeline.

    “Higher education is now accessed by children of color, international students, and students with language barriers. Leadership must reflect that changing demography,” she says.

    Kendrick believes many promising Community College Leadership program candidates may not see leadership positions as viable options for themselves. “We need to role model and help them see these jobs as real possibilities,” she says.

    O’Banion agrees: “Sometimes it is just a matter of suggesting more opportunities than individuals realized. You have to ask the question, ‘Have you thought about a presidency or a vice presidency and how that position can allow you to have greater impact?’”

    That is exactly what Walden’s Community College Leadership program hopes to do for its students. “The Community College Leadership program can raise awareness of community colleges and help people understand what they mean to the economy at the local, state, and regional level,” says Kendrick. She has redefined the role of her own institution by forging links between college and employers, developing partnerships with four-year schools, and teaming with high schools on new initiatives.

    “The Community College Leadership program fits beautifully with Walden’s mission to educate students who can make a difference in the world,” says O’Banion. “Community colleges give people who never thought they could succeed a second chance. The Community College Leadership program encourages all potential students to go the distance and put their sights on top faculty and administrative positions.”

    Which Format is Right for You?

    The Ph.D. in Education program provides you with a foundational experience to help you clarify your academic goals and prepare you to pursue them. You will receive instruction and training in the research process throughout your program, as well as the guidance of a faculty committee for your dissertation research. Benchmarks are set throughout the program to help you monitor your progress and organize your program of study.

    The Ph.D. in Education program offers you three ways to learn, depending on the specialization you choose:

    Course-Based Format

    This option is a structured program of study comprising online courses and residencies and culminating in a dissertation. As a student, you will work with a faculty mentor and follow a specific plan for completion of your degree. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and faculty members through online discussions and residencies.

    The Course-Based Format may be your best choice if you:

    • Enjoy the structure and timing of course delivery and prefer an online setting that most closely resembles a traditional classroom setting (with weekly discussions, course assignments, and peer interaction online).
    • Want to follow a structured program with a specific plan for completion, culminating in a dissertation.

    Mixed-Model Format

    This option combines online courses, residencies, and Knowledge Area Modules (KAM) to provide a flexible program of study. KAMs are faculty-guided independent research modules that allow you to study independently while working with a faculty member to complete scholarly papers and study topics that reflect your interests and help you prepare for the dissertation process.

    The Mixed-Model Format may be your best choice if you want to:

    • Combine the structure of online coursework with the flexibility of independent scholarly projects (Knowledge Area Modules [KAMs]).
    • Balance independent research on a personalized topic area with online education courses, both with support from faculty members.

    These two formats offer you the opportunity to reach a significant and highly respected milestone in your professional career—a Ph.D.—while helping you understand the theories, concepts, and techniques that can broaden your skills.

    “Career advancement would not have been possible without earning my degree at Walden University. Acquiring the tools I need to be successful while conducting scholarly work has allowed me to see my career in education from a more global viewpoint and approach problems with new and different solutions.”

    Reagan Ferragamo Romali
    Ph.D. in Education Graduate

    Walden’s Ph.D. in Education degree program incorporates a series of academic requirements, or milestones, designed to ensure that you have acquired the necessary competencies and expertise to be a more effective education professional. At each milestone, progress within the program will be evaluated using assessments that align with national professional standards or overall learning outcomes established by the college. Walden’s faculty will help you master core concepts and principles, while student support services can provide additional academic, advising, and technical assistance. Successful advancement beyond each milestone helps to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in your professional field.

    Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

    1. Synthesize content knowledge, concepts, and principles grounded in a specific educational discipline.
    2. Propose interventions based on the analysis of educational needs.
    3. Design and conduct research that is grounded in theory and based on previous research in the field.
    4. Conduct research that positively impacts social change.
    5. Communicate to multiple audiences via effective oral and written formats.
    6. Advocate for social change that integrates diverse perspectives and demonstrates awareness of global interrelationships.

    Learning Outcomes for the Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability Specialization

    Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

    1. Formulate and execute practices that unite evaluation, assessment, and accountability in a socially responsible and ethical manner.
    2. Develop and defend a comprehensive plan for assessment systems designed for improving the performance of individuals, programs, and institutions.
    3. Design proposals for evaluation, assessment, and accountability that integrate evidence of sociological, political, and economic considerations.
    4. Construct reports that clearly synthesize and communicate actionable findings for quantitative and qualitative data.
    5. Develop written and visual assessment communication in a way that is appropriate to the audience and purpose.
    6. Execute a plan for sustaining a culture of improvement in an organization. 

    Move Ahead

    Complete your doctoral study or dissertation with the added support of a Capstone Intensive Retreat.

    Learn More

    Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Ph.D. in Education relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

    For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

    Learn firsthand about the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership’s doctoral programs and other topics of interest by viewing these free hour-long web seminars