Educational Technology

Changes in educational technology are dramatically affecting the way students learn at school, work, and home. The EdD with a specialization in Educational Technology is designed for K–12 educational leaders who want to initiate and implement change at the district, regional, state, and federal levels. By integrating the latest technologies and instructional design principles, you can prepare to develop and lead technology-supported solutions to learning challenges in the K–12 classroom.

With program outcomes informed by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) standards, this EdD specialization prepares you to conduct research on local problems in a rapidly changing field. It is designed to advance your career quickly and affordably, with an embedded post-master’s certificate that can be earned upon completion of seven quarters.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 79 quarter credits*
  • 1 face-to-face residency
  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, 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/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Analyze current research and trends in higher education and adult learning.
  • Apply effective technology strategies to support adult learning.
  • Collaborate with a range of stakeholders to effect positive social change.
  • Apply research strategies for evaluation and assessment.
  • Implement appropriate organizational system changes in response to diverse local and/or global community needs.
  • Employ leadership strategies that drive and sustain a learning organization.
  • Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.
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Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs

Walden offers both an EdD and PhD in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.

Course Sequence

Year Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Year 1 Quarter 1 Course Code EDDD 8002
or
EDDD 8006
Course Leading the Future of Education

Leading the Future of Education
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 2 Course Code EDDD 8090 Course Trends and Issues in Educational Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 2 Course Code EDDD 8091 Course Creating Digital Media Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 3 Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 3 Course Code EDDD 8113 Course Tools for Doctoral Research Success Credits (3 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 4 Course Code EDDD 8092 Course Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 4 Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 5 Course Code EDDD 8103 Course eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 5 Course Code EDDD 8093 Course Leading Change Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 6 Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 6 Course Code EDDD 8114 Course Demystifying Doctoral writing for Research Credits (3 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 7 Course Code EDDD 8107 Course Designing Instruction for eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 7 Course Code EDDD 8910 Course Completing the Prospectus Credits (3 cr.)
Year 3 Quarter 8 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year 3 Quarter 9 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year 3 Quarter 10 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year 3 Quarter 11 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 4 - 8† Quarter Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

*Research companion course to be taken in conjunction with other course in the term.

You 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.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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