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PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation

Educators may learn to design continuous research and evaluation systems to improve and lead change in instruction and learning in Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation program at Walden University requires that prospective students enter with a master's degree from an accredited university and a transcript showing a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students should be education professionals or have a strong understanding of instruction and learning. Applicants must be capable of academic research and analysis and have advanced writing and leadership skills. All applicants to Walden University's doctoral programs must have a master's degree; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students in Walden University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation online program may explore theories and systems through scholarly research that enhance learning through curriculum design, application, and assessment. Students have the chance to learn how to utilize technology, data, and available resources to promote successful outcomes in the classroom. This program guides learners in the importance of continuing research and evaluation of programs to spot problems in instruction and other practices. Those enrolled in the PhD in Education program at Walden could study topics related to strategic planning, data-driven instruction, promoting positive social change, and research development.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

102 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 Education with a Specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation:

In Walden's online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation program, students are asked to complete a total of 86 course credits and 16 units in residency requirements. There are six specialization courses, and the doctoral dissertation course must be taken a minimum of four times. Learners will also take a doctoral writing assessment and will be registered for this class once admitted to the program. 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)

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective
  • Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment
  • Evaluating Curriculum to Promote Positive Social Change
  • Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement
  • Examining Current Practices in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Research Development and Strategic Planning.

Doctoral Support Courses (11 credits)

  • Tools for Doctoral Research Success
  • Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus

Core Research Courses (15 credits)

  • The following course must be completed before Residency 2:
    • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • The following courses must be completed before Residency 3 or beginning the dissertation:
    • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Research Course (5 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses upon approval of the prospectus:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Capstone (20 credits)

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

Residency Requirement (16 Units)

  • Students must complete 4 PhD residencies:
    • PhD Residency

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

A Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation from Walden University enables educators to continue research in their field and be able to evaluate data from assessments to create effective curriculum and instruction practices. Those with a PhD in Education could apply advanced leadership skills in different classroom and professional environments to change the scope of learning in schools and districts. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Associate professor of education

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