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Ph.D. in Education – Walden University

This program is a complete learning experience as it requires educators to come to the program with pre-defined learning goals while challenging them to design their own program of study. It aims to produce leaders who are able to address the most significant educational challenges of the nation. Specializations have been designed to match the individual professional interests of students which can assist them to meet the needs of their respective organizations. Combining collaborative online study with self-paced, faculty guided research modules and face to face residencies, both its General Program and Specialization Programs are able to deliver the desired results.

The General Program

The General Program in Education is specifically for students whose professional practice and career goals involve a range of educational topics or are interdisciplinary. This would cover those that combine specific education subjects with complimentary subjects from the humanities, natural or social and behavioral sciences. A personalized estimate of completion time can be provided by the enrolment advisor.

Adult Education Leadership

Believing that the roots of social change are grounded in adult education, this specialized program is designed for educators who aim to think broadly about the field of adult education in different settings such as community-based, schools, government of the private sector. The understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of adult education as a field of study or the principles of adult learning and development as well as the impact of adult educators on organizations and communities in which they work are all sought by this specialization.

Community College Leadership

The void expected to be brought about by the retirement of a high percentage of senior administrators and community college presidents is sought to be filled up by this particular specialization which seeks to develop proficiency in how adults learn most effectively, what tools and strategies are best used to promote learning and more importantly, how educational systems and policies can be changed to serve the academic mission of community colleges.

Early Childhood Education

This program will provide its graduates the required expertise to enable them to lead in the creation and implementation of new program practices to enable the application of emerging research on development during the early years while conceptualizing new paradigms for early learning. Graduates of this program will find themselves able to attain key positions in advocacy roles that address young children from birth through age 8 as well as college teaching, research endeavors and leadership positions.

Educational Technology

This specialized program in Educational Technology enables graduates to support a diverse community of learners through the use of technology and its effective integration into the curriculum. It gives strong emphasis on research, doctoral writing and critical thinking thus serving the student beyond the classroom as it prepares the way for grant writing and professional publication.

Higher Education

The Higher Education curriculum places emphasis on proficiency in understanding the changing needs of the academic community as it promotes analysis and implementation of strategies that promote learning and support development on higher education. It also includes learning about how systems and policies can be put to use to ensure organizational effectiveness and social change in post-secondary settings including community colleges; private and public liberal arts colleges; distance learning institutions; regional and state universities, proprietary, technical and trade schools; state and federal agencies, and national professional institutions.

K-12 Educational Leadership

In answer to the developing shortage of educational leadership at school, district and state levels, this particular specialization presents a model for advanced study in the field of educational leadership. It is a highly flexible and student-centered curriculum which is designed to produce local, regional and state educational leaders that are able to relate to diverse, multicultural K-12 and community-based school populations.

Special Education

The field of Special Education is rightfully addressed by this specialization as students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in this particular field while assisting them in their individual self-actualization process. Services to exceptional/disabled individuals are given emphasis as well as to the related areas of special education administration, including law, finance and ethics.

Self Designed

Educators are given the chance to develop their own specialization in this program. Subject to the approval of the faculty chair, interests that are not among the specializations currently offered may be pursued. Curriculum areas that have been touched in the development of self-designed specializations by current students include math education, science education, art or music education, literacy and discipline areas such as English-language learning and urban education.