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PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education

Walden University's Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education program is designed for those interested in preparing to teach criminal justice in postsecondary settings. Find out more about this online PhD program below.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to the online Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education at Walden must have a master's degree with at lease a 3.0 GPA from an accredited university; students with a master's degree in a criminal justice field may be able to complete their program faster. Prospective students should also have experience in criminal justice or a desire to teach it in a postsecondary setting. Students will need to demonstrate skills in communication, organization, and research. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education program gives students the chance to prepare to become postsecondary educators of criminal justice. This program was developed to explore the foundations of criminal justice and theories and views of criminal behavior as you prepare to teach the concepts to others. Students can study theories for teaching adult learners and learn about ways to use multimedia applications to improve student outcomes. Learners can also examine how to develop instruction, assessment, and evaluations for online courses. Some additional subjects that could be covered include the history of criminal justice, program evaluation methods, frameworks for adult learning, and criminal justice systems policy and analysis.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

83 or 98 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 Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education:

Students enrolled in Walden's online Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice program with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education will take a doctoral writing assessment, one doctoral foundation course, and complete 15 credits in online teaching specialization courses. Students entering with a master's degree in criminal justice or a relevant field of study are eligible for Track I and can skip some of the core courses. Those with a master's degree in a non-related field must complete Track II. All degree and program information is subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Doctoral Study

Core Courses (20 or 35 credits)

  • All students will take the following courses:
    • History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
    • Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems
    • Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice in Criminal Justice Administration
    • Program Evaluation
  • Only Track II students take the following courses:
    • The Nature of Crime and Criminology
    • Controversies in Criminal Justice
    • Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

  • Theories and Frameworks for Adult Learning
  • Using Technology to Enhance Adult Learning
  • Instructional Design for Online Course Development

Research Courses (20 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Capstone (25 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Dissertation

Residency Requirement

  • Students must complete 4 PhD residencies:
    • PhD Residency

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Online Teaching in Higher Education program could be prepared to seek work in a university or vocational setting teaching criminal justice. They should be able to design online instruction and use advanced skills in research and communication. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • University professor
  • Postsecondary criminal justice instructor
  • Research consultant

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