The Higher Education and Adult Learning specialization is designed for professionals who plan to design, develop, and lead successful adult learning programs within higher education institutions, corporations, and workforce development settings. You will examine adult learning theories, learn best practices for facilitating program planning and assessment, and develop leadership skills to effectively engage and motivate adults to create change across their institutions and workplaces. Through applied research and practical coursework, this higher education adult learning specialization will enable you to develop the expertise to empower lifelong learners and assess effective learning experiences for adults.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 79 quarter credits*
- 1 face-to-face residency
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
To satisfy these completion requirements, you must have current and consistent direct access to adult learners, students, faculty or staff in a postsecondary education environment or adult learning setting.
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.
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.
Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs
Walden offers both an EdD and PhD in Education with a specialization in Higher Education to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.