Higher Education Leadership, and Policy (Self-Designed)

Deepen your understanding of current practices in higher education institutions and examine law, policy, and governance as a leader within higher education settings. With the flexibility of this specialization, you will complete a set of core courses and customize your studies by choosing four electives from 21 courses focusing on higher education across our PhD in Education and Doctor of Education (EdD) programs. This specialization puts you in control of your education, giving you the ability to customize your coursework with topics that are most relevant to your personal and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Implement diversity proficiencies in higher education programs and policies.
  • Exhibit proficiency in the use of higher education law, policymaking process, and governance.
  • Utilize current research to address domestic and international issues in higher education.
  • Collaborate with a variety of external stakeholders.
  • Apply leadership and management skills to promote organizational development within higher education settings.
  • Promote positive social change through leadership.
  • Apply effective technology strategies to support higher education settings.
  • Exhibit leadership in program evaluation, strategic planning, and assessment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 86 credits (minimum)
    • Foundations courses (5 cr.)
    • Elective 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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Course Sequence

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

Leading the Future of Education
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8030 Course Higher Education in the 21st Century Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8042 Course Education Law, Policy, and Governance Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD or EDDD 8XXX
Course Elective Specialization Course Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD or EDDD 8XXX
Course Elective Specialization Course 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 or EDDD 8XXX
Course Elective Specialization Course 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 or EDDD 8XXX
Course Elective Specialization Course Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8910 Course Writing a Quality 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

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)

Elective Courses*

Students will select four courses from the following list of higher education emphasis areas:

  • Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Education Leadership, Management, and Policy
  • Adult Learning
  • Community College Leadership

Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDPD 8020 Course A New Vision of Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8021 Course Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability: The Sociological, Political, and Economic Factors Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8022 Course Assessing for Individual Growth Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8023 Course Evaluating and Improving Programs, Organizations, and Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8024 Course Dynamics of Communication for Impact and Results Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8025 Course Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement Credits (5 cr.)

Education Leadership, Management, and Policy

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8031 Course Leading and Managing Instructional Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8032 Course Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation in Higher Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8033 Course The Politics of Higher Education: Policy Development and Implementation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8034 Course International Education and Development Credits (5 cr.)

Adult Learning

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8020 Course Contemporary Issues and Trends in Higher Education and Adult Learning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8021 Course Understanding the Adult Learner Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8022 Course Leadership of Higher Education Programs for Adult Learners Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8023 Course Program Planning and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8094 Course eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDPD 8097 Course Designing Instruction for eLearning Credits (5 cr.)

Community College Leadership

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8040 Course The Community College—Historical Context and Critical Issues Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8041 Course Transformational Leadership for Institutional Effectiveness in Community Colleges Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8042 Course Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Trends in Community Colleges Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8043 Course Promoting Student Development and Success in Community Colleges Credits (5 cr.)

*Note that EdD courses (EDDD course codes) have different tuition rates than PhD courses (EDPD course codes). Your enrollment advisor can assist you in understanding the total cost of your program based on your chosen elective courses.

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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