Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management

The creation and implementation of policy is critical to advancing and managing change in education. The Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management (P–20) specialization is designed for leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education. You will build upon your leadership and management abilities and learn to influence policy at local, national, and institutional levels. Explore the principles, perspectives, and strategies that today’s education professionals require so that you can become an informed, dynamic leader; affect policy; and guide the change process at all levels of the education system.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop strategies to address P–20 education’s political issues that are collaborative as well as research- and data-based.
  • Apply economic principles to inform decisions about education policy.
  • Evaluate critical issues in education leadership from an ethical, legal, and governance perspective.
  • Advocate for or against P–20 educational initiatives.
  • Apply best practices in education utilizing culturally responsive education perspectives, leadership theory, and management strategies.
  • Act as an agent for organizational social change utilizing foundational principles of educational policy, leadership, and management.
  • 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.

Course Sequence

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDPD 8002 Course Leading the Future of Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8040 Course Governance and Politics of Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8041 Course The Economics of Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8044 Course Leadership and Management for Change in Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8043 Course Policy Development and Implementation 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 8045 Course Capacity, Capability, and Sustainability 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 8046 Course P–20 Education Law, Policy, and Governance 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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