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PhD in Education - Education Policy, Leadership & Management

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management program from Walden University gives students the opportunity to effectively lead and create positive change in institutions from the preschool through postsecondary levels. Learn more about Walden University's PhD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students should have leadership experience or a want to manage education systems and institutions. In Walden's online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management program, students will need to be able to conduct research and use advanced writing and critical-thinking skills. Students must have a master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management program at Walden University is created for leaders in education who wish to further their management skills for settings ranging from the preschool through collegiate levels. Learners may explore the politics and economics of education and how they affect local, national, and global policies as well as decision making. Students are given the chance to learn to use scholarly research and ethical communication to campaign for improvements in policy and educational practices in P-20 institutions. Courses could cover topics related to P-20 education law, policy development and implementation, quantitative reasoning and analysis, and emerging theories of leadership. There is also a face-to-face PhD residency program as well as a doctoral capstone in which students are able to put their learned skills into practice.

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 Education Policy, Leadership, and Management:

The curriculum in this program requires students to begin with a foundation course before taking six specialization courses focusing on policy and leadership in P-20 education. Students in Walden's online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management program must also participate in the PhD residency program. Core and advanced research courses prepare learners for their doctoral capstone. 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 Course (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)

  • Governance and Politics of Education
  • The Economics of Education
  • Leadership and Management for Change in Education
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Capacity, Capability, and Sustainability
  • P-20 Education Law, Policy, and Governance

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:

Graduates from Walden's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management program could use advanced research and analytical skills to promote positive changes in P-20 schools and organizations. Those with a PhD in Education could find a career managing education institutions or working in government and the non-profit sector. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Research director
  • Professor of education
  • Principal
  • Education administrator
  • Education lecturer

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