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Doctor of Education - Higher Education & Adult Learning

Walden University's online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning program is designed to teach students how to apply instructional theories and practices to adult-learning settings. Learn more about Walden University's EdD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering the online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning program at Walden University should have demonstrated experience in adult learning and instruction. Potential students should have strong research, communication, and leadership skills. Applicants to this EdD program must also hold a master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning program at Walden University is intended to teach students how to analyze present strategies for leadership and evaluation in a range of adult-learning settings. Students also have the chance to learn how to implement the latest technology to encourage effective instruction and learning. Courses are created to advance communication skills and to teach learners how to identify problems in higher education and bring about appropriate change. Students have the chance to apply skills learned in the program's face-to-face residency component. Learners enrolled in the EdD in Higher Education and Adult Learning online program at Walden University may study subjects like understanding the adult learner, leadership of higher education, eLearning, and research theory.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

79 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Education with a Specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning:

Students enrolled in the online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning program at Walden University must complete 79 credits: 5 credits are in foundation courses, 15 credits are in research courses, and 30 credits are in specialization courses. The program includes a residency requirement, plus 9 credits in doctoral support courses, a doctoral capstone, and a doctoral writing assessment. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Courses (5 credits)

  • Students must take one of the following courses:
    • Leading the Future of Education
    • Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

Research Courses (15 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Understanding the Adult Learner
  • Contemporary Issues and Trends in Higher Education and Adult Learning
  • Leadership of Higher Education Programs for Adult Learners
  • eLearning
  • Program Planning and Assessment
  • Designing Instruction for eLearning

Residency Requirement

  • Students must complete one face-to-face residency by the end of Term 3:
    • EdD Residency

Doctoral Support Courses (9 credits)

  • Tools for Doctoral Research Success
  • Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research
  • Completing the Prospectus

Doctoral Capstone (20 credits)

  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University could be able to exhibit advanced evaluation, research, and leadership skills and apply the best strategies to various adult-learning environments. Graduates could work in several settings, including higher education institutions, corporations, or government agencies. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Higher education teacher
  • Postsecondary educational administrator
  • Director of instruction/education
  • Training and development manager

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