Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

The Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation specialization is designed for educators who wish to influence positive educational change and improved student and school performance through ongoing research in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Coursework focuses on developing your professional expertise through in-depth research. Gain skills to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach.

As a student in this PhD in Education program, you will be equipped with skills in program evaluation; strategic planning; curriculum mapping; and a systems, technology, and curriculum audit. Develop evidence-based action plans that will positively impact any educational application and provide opportunities for realizing meaningful and sustainable social change.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Utilize technology to support learning for a diverse student population.
  • Improve teacher effectiveness to promote learner-centered practices.
  • Utilize knowledge of educational trends/issues in education to promote positive change in school and community environments.
  • Promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  • Practice ethically in the profession.
  • Address curriculum, instruction, and assessment issues.
  • Apply CIAE content area knowledge and methodology to execute meaningful and sustainable educational practices.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school faculty, and community members, in order to advocate for student needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 86 quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (5 cr.)
    • Specialized 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 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, 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 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 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 8050 Course Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8051 Course Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8052 Course Evaluating Curriculum to Promote Positive Social Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8053 Course Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement 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 8054 Course Examining Current Practices in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation 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 8055 Course Research Development and Strategic Planning 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 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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