The Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation specialization is designed for educators who wish to influence positive educational change and improved student and school performance through ongoing research in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Coursework focuses on developing your professional expertise through in-depth research. Gain skills to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach.
As a student in this PhD in Education program, you will be equipped with skills in program evaluation; strategic planning; curriculum mapping; and a systems, technology, and curriculum audit. Develop evidence-based action plans that will positively impact any educational application and provide opportunities for realizing meaningful and sustainable social change.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:
- Utilize technology to support learning for a diverse student population.
- Improve teacher effectiveness to promote learner-centered practices.
- Utilize knowledge of educational trends/issues in education to promote positive change in school and community environments.
- Promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
- Practice ethically in the profession.
- Address curriculum, instruction, and assessment issues.
- Apply CIAE content area knowledge and methodology to execute meaningful and sustainable educational practices.
- Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school faculty, and community members, in order to advocate for student needs.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 86 quarter credits
- Foundations courses (5 cr.)
- Specialized courses (30 cr.)
- Doctoral support courses (11 cr.)
- Research courses (20 cr.)
- Doctoral capstone (minimum 20 cr.)
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
- Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
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, 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.
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.
Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs
Walden offers both an EdD and PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.