Educational Technology and Design

The education field has an increasing need for individuals who can lead the adoption of new and effective technologies. In this PhD in Education specialization, you will prepare to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges, collaborate digitally to demonstrate awareness of local and global interrelationships and diverse perspectives, and develop instructional design skills. Coursework that is grounded in theory and research prepares you to design and conduct original research in educational technology, culminating in a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Utilize integrative and innovative technology in the workplace.
  • Create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges grounded in theory and research.
  • Develop a learning community of people, technologies, resources, and professional associations. 
  • Analyze educational needs in technology to develop innovative intervention plans.
  • Apply sound principles of digital and information literacy grounded in theory and research.
  • Conduct original research in educational technology.
  • Participate in the profession ethically.
  • Effectively communicate ideas to multiple audiences using effective oral, written, and digital formats.
  • Support global diversity and multiculturalism through the use of educational technology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 86 quarter credits
    • Foundation course (5 cr.)
    • Specialization 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.

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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

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDPD 8002 Course Leading the Future of Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8090 Course Trends and Issues in Educational Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8091 Course Creating Digital Media Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8192 Course Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8113 Course Tools for Doctoral Research Success Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8094 Course eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8093 Course Leading Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8114 Course Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8097 Course Designing Instruction for eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8098 Course Current Research in Educational Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8910 Course Completing the Prospectus Credits (5 cr.)

Advanced Research Course

Choose one

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8360 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8460 Course Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

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

Dissertation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDPD 8990 Course Completing the Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

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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