Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

The Doctor of Education (EdD) specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is designed for education practitioners aspiring to be curriculum experts who can make an impact on student achievement in any educational system. You will gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design, instructional strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development. Using real-life scenarios, you will learn to think critically about ways to drive innovation and change at the systemic level—including the local school district and regional, state, and federal education agencies—and apply strategies that can effect measurable improvement in K–12 schools. Course projects and activities emphasize the critical thinking and research skills you need to shape schools and school systems to meet diverse student needs.

Choose this EdD specialization if you are a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, department chair, director of instruction, administrator, or any educator who wants to influence positive educational change and improved student achievement through effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Minimum Completion Requirements

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

Walden students have up to 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:
  • Enhance learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology in effectively designed curriculum.
  • Effectively engage in professional development in order to increase skills surrounding program design and evaluation.
  • Assess trends/issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in school and community environments.
  • Design data-driven, learner-centered assessments to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school implement, and community members, in order to advocate for student needs.
  • Practice ethically in the profession.
  • Promote the importance of community service and citizenship through the integration of content curriculum and instruction with real-world projects outside of the classroom.
  • 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 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 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 8050 Course Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 2 Course Code EDDD 8101 Course Learner-Centered Curriculum 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 8102 Course Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners 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 8051 Course Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 5 Course Code EDDD 8052 Course Curriculum Design to Promote Social 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 8106 Course Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 7 Course Code EDDD 8910 Course Completing the Prospectus Credits (3 cr.)
Year 2 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 8880G 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 student success advisor.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

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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