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PhD in Education - Learning, Instruction & Innovation

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation program at Walden University is designed to advance students' research and curriculum design skills to implement innovative and creative practices in any learning environment.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students to the online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation program at Walden University might be educators or those looking to advance careers in a variety of learning environments. Students thinking of enrolling should have established leadership and communication skills in addition to a master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Walden University offers students the chance to advance their teaching or training skills with the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation online program. Courses aim to show students how to use creativity and innovation in designing instruction that engages students and diversifies learning. Learners will use scholarly research and established theories to find instructional methods that support multiculturalism and ethical communication. Students have the opportunity to explore models and roles of creativity, how to develop an innovative curriculum for people of all ages, and how to lead change in an educational organization. Students will be able to participate in a PhD residency to get in-person support and complete a doctoral capstone dissertation.

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 Learning, Instruction, and Innovation:

Students enrolled in Walden's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation online program must take a doctoral writing assessment in addition to one foundation course and 30 credits in specialization courses. Students are also asked to complete 20 credits in research courses, 11 credits in doctoral support courses, and four PhD residency requirements. The doctoral capstone is taken a minimum of four times continuously until the dissertation is finished. 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)

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Innovative Curriculum
  • Leading Change
  • Designing Instruction for eLearning
  • Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies

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 (16 credits)

  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation from Walden University could work in corporate environments, PreK through college classrooms, the government, or not-for-profit organizations. Graduates should be able to use advanced research and communication skills to drive creativity and innovation in curriculum and instruction planning. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Training/development manager

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