P–20 Education (Self-Designed)

Personalize your Doctor of Education experience by focusing on the topics you care about most.

Our innovative self-designed option allows you to select courses that interest and inspire you. Gain deeper insights into the education issues and opportunities that affect students and schools from preschool through undergraduate postsecondary education. Develop new expertise that you can immediately apply in your classroom practice or other educational setting.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
  • Elective courses (20 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Doctoral Completion 
    • Doctoral Support courses (9 cr.)
    • Doctoral Capstone (minimum 20 cr.)
  • One face-to-face EdD residency

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.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

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.


Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8002
or
EDDD 8006
Course Leading the Future of Education

Leading the Future of Education
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Research Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110D Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210D Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310D Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Doctoral Completion

Doctoral Support Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8113 Course Tools for Doctoral Research Success Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8114 Course Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8910 Course Completing the Prospectus Credits (3 cr.)

Doctoral Capstone

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

Electives

Students will select four courses from the following list of EdD/PhD P–20 education specializations:

Note: Please be aware that PhD courses (EDPD course numbers) have different tuition rates than EdD courses (EDDD course numbers). Your enrollment advisor can assist you in understanding the total cost of your program based on your preferred elective courses.


Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8101 Course Learner-Centered Curriculum Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8102 Course Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8050 Course Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8051 Course Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8052 Course Curriculum Design to Promote Social Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8106 Course Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8054 Course Examining Current Practices in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8055 Course Research Development and Strategic Planning Credits (5 cr.)

Early Childhood / Early Childhood Special Education

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8080 Course Child Development in the Critical Early Years Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8081 Course The Language/Literacy Continuum From Birth Through Age 8 Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8082 Course Meaningful Learning Experiences in Supportive Environments Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8083 Course Assessment Practices to Promote Healthy Development and Learning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8084 Course Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Programs Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8085 Course Inspired Leadership, Informed Advocacy, and Improved Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8085 Course Early Childhood Research Methodology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8073 Course Research Methodology: Evaluating Evidence-Based Practices in Early Childhood Special Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8074 Course Evaluating and Sustaining Effective Practices in Early Childhood Special Education Credits (5 cr.)

Educational Administration and Leadership (non-licensure)

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

Educational Technology

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8090 Course Trends and Issues in Educational Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8091 Course Creating Digital Media Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8092 Course Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8103 Course eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8093 Course Leading Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8107 Course Designing Instruction for eLearning Credits (5 cr.)

Learning, Instruction, and Innovation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDPD 8010 Course Creativity and Innovation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8011 Course Authentic Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8012 Course Innovative Curriculum Credits (5 cr.)

Reading, Literacy, and Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8060 Course Issues and Trends in Reading and Literacy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8061 Course Assessment and Data Analysis to Support Effective Literacy Programs Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8062 Course Collaborative Approach to Literacy Across the Content Areas Credits (5 cr.)

Special Education

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8070 Course Special Education: Exploring Theory and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8071 Course Leading Change in Special Education: Advocacy, Policy, and Law Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8072 Course Research Methodology for Special Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8073 Course Designing Specialized Instruction for Diverse Learners Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8074 Course Implementing Effective School-Wide Intervention Models Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8075 Course Sustaining and Supporting Effective Practices in Special Education Credits (5 cr.)

*Students are continuously enrolled in EDDD 8990 for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion of their dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.

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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. fulltime enrollment; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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