Sep 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Educational Administration and Leadership (EdD)


Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)  

This specialization is designed for P–12 teachers and administrators who want to increase their ability to influence and transform their educational organization. Students learn about sustainability in their particular setting and how to nurture their school to become or remain a thriving organization. They also gain the skills to build an effective, collaborative organization and enhance the P–12 student learning environment. Graduates of this program will be able to integrate theory and practice to positively impact their careers and the lives of their students. (This program does not lead to certification or licensure.)

Specialization Learning Outcomes


In addition to the core program learning outcomes , graduates in this specialization will be prepared to:

  1. Applies knowledge of current research/trends in education.
  2. Effectively communicates with others (e.g., verbal, non-verbal, written, and technology-based).
  3. Collaborate with external variety of stakeholders (teachers, families, community) to address the diverse learning needs of students.
  4. Manage resources effectively for the betterment of the learning environment.
  5. Create an effective learning environment to enhance student learning.
  6. Utilize technology to support student learning.
  7. Demonstrate cultural competence to encourage a diverse learning environment.
  8. Demonstrate positive professional dispositions (professional conduct, professional qualities, communication, and collaboration).
  9. Use research-based data to promote student learning.
  10. Promotes positive social change in the learning environment.
  11. Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Completing the Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral support courses (9 cr.)
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • One academic residency

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete the EdD required residency by the end of Term 3.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency when you have your doctoral study committee assigned in the Prospectus course (EDUC 8081 / EDDD 8900/8910) or just prior to the Prospectus course of your program. It is also highly recommended for candidates enrolled in EDUC 8090/EDDD 8990.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Completing the Doctoral Capstone


  • Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a 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 process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1   OR   (6-week version) 5 cr.
Complete the EdD residency by the end of Term 3.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   3 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   3 cr.
6    5 cr.
   3 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency when you have your doctoral study committee assigned in the Prospectus course (EDUC 8081 / EDDD 8900/8910) or just prior to the Prospectus course of your program. It is also highly recommended for candidates enrolled in EDUC 8090/EDDD 8990.  
7    5 cr.
   3 cr.
8+   5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion

* Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a 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 process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

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.

 

Educational Administration and Leadership for Administrators (EdD)


The purpose of Walden’s EdD in the Educational Administration and Leadership for Administrators program is to prepare skilled scholar practitioners to lead organizations in solving complex problems of practice. This specialization is designed for students who have previously completed a university based principal preparation program, have certification or are eligible for principal certification, and have a minimum of 3 years’ leadership experience. The focus of the capstone will be on problem solving. Students will complete case study dissertations in program evaluation, program implementation, curricular change or development, or policy analysis. These students will focus on a partnership between the student and the district, regional service center, state entity or appropriate professional organization.

Course Sequence (for Administrators)


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credit
1    5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    3 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    3 cr.
   5 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.  
7    3 cr.
   5 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive during EDDD 8990. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  
8+   5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion

* Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a 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 process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

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.