Educational Administration and Leadership (non-licensure)

The Doctor of Education (EdD) Educational Administration and Leadership specialization is designed for K–12 administrators who want to increase their ability to influence and transform their educational organization. You will learn about sustainability in your particular setting and how to nurture your school to become or remain a thriving learning center. Gain the skills to build an effective, collaborative organization and enhance the K–12 student learning environment. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to integrate theory and practice to positively impact your career and the lives of your students.

Minimum Completion Requirements

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

To satisfy these completion requirements, you must have access to an administrator, students, and community members associated with a PreK-12 school setting.

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:

  • Apply knowledge of current research and trends in education.
  • Effectively communicate with others (e.g., verbal, nonverbal, written, and technology-based).
  • Collaborate with a variety of external stakeholders (teachers, families, community members) to address the diverse learning needs of students.
  • Manage resources effectively for the betterment of the learning environment.
  • Create an effective learning environment to enhance student learning.
  • Utilize technology to support student learning.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence to encourage a diverse learning environment.
  • Demonstrate positive professional dispositions (professional conduct, professional qualities, communication, and collaboration).
  • Use research-based data to promote student learning.
  • Promote positive social change in the learning environment.
  • Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.

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 8010 Course Collaborative Communication for Administrators Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 2 Course Code EDDD 8011 Course School Organizational Dynamics: Policies and Law 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 8012 Course Understanding School Budgets and Allocating Resources 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 8044 Course Leadership and Management for Change in Education Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 5 Course Code EDDD 8013 Course Creating and Maintaining Safe, Effective, and Positive Learning Environments 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 8014 Course Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Personnel 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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